New Zealand Law Society - Senior Legal Advisor - Employment Relations

Senior Legal Advisor - Employment Relations

  • Based at Police National Headquarters, Wellington
  • Grade 21: Salary range from $124,015 - $145,900
  • Permanent Position
  • Police Employee
  • JR 4419234

About the role

Are you looking for an opportunity to take your legal career to the next level and gain experience in a fast paced and exciting area?

The Employment Relations Legal team has an exciting opportunity for a senior legal advisor to join the Employment Relations Legal Team based at PNHQ in Wellington. You will be working in a team of 6-8 who provide Employment Relations legal services nationally across Police. Police is one of New Zealand's largest employers, and the employment issues that arise are complex and interesting.

The Employment Relations Legal team manages personal grievances and complex employment relationship problems and disputes for Police nationally as well as providing advice on employment investigations that are complex or of a serious nature. The team provides advice on all aspects of the employment relationship, and also provides advice on the interpretation of legislation, employment agreements and policies.

The successful applicant will have a high degree of integrity, and their personal attributes will reflect Police's Values and Code of Conduct. You will work in a supportive environment and be interacting with many work groups internally as well as Districts and external partner agencies across the country.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Demonstrate a broad range of experience in a legal advisory or in house counsel role
  • Manage personal grievances including representing employers at mediation
  • Provide legal advice as and when required on employment issues, including interpretation of collective employment agreements and the Holidays Act
  • Manage a high case load, with the ability to prioritise matters and manage competing deadlines
  • The ability to take a constructive approach to building relationships internally and externally
  • Prepare written and verbal communication clearly and concisely, and present comfortably to both large and small groups
  • Expert communicator able to adapt to working with a broad range of customers both internally and externally in an environment that is committed to Our People
  • The ability to apply your legal research and writing skills in a fast paced environment which aligns with Our Business
  • A working knowledge of relevant NZ law applicable to employment law and in-house roles in Government (eg ERA, Privacy/OIA)
  • The ability to develop, maintain and maximise effective partnerships to develop sound, achievable and sustainable legal solutions.

What you’ll bring

Being part of the Police whānau is about being our best to ensure our communities are safe and feel safe. Our Core Competencies provide a shared understanding of the behaviours, leadership and technical competence required for success at each level of Police. Whilst we are looking for skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the role, we also place high importance on your state of mind, the alignment of your values with ours, your ability to contribute to and build high performing teams, and the way that you lead yourself or others.

If you are an internal applicant, you must apply internally through the police system. You must provide an alternative contact email address.

This role is set at Team Leader/Manager level, this means your key purpose is “to lead the activities for Our Business and enable people to deliver them.”

We will ask you questions based on “How we will deliver Our Business – Core Competencies” and the appropriate role level, i.e. Individual Contributor. Find more infomation on Our Core Competencies.

These questions will be unique and specific to the role, focusing on the aspects the hiring manager believes are most important for that position at the time. Find out more about Our Values.

View the position description for this role.

About us

Our mission is to prevent crime and harm through exceptional policing.  Our vision is to be the safest country.  Our purpose is to ensure everybody can be safe and feel safe.

Special requirements

  • Hold an LLB and a current practising certificate (or be eligible to obtain a current practicing certificate
  • Minimum 4 years PQE or equivalent experience or recent experience in employment relations (either in-house or in a law firm), and we would welcome a broader range of legal experience throughout your career to date

Working Flexibly

Your wellbeing inside and outside of work is important to us. We’re open to discussing flexible working options that work for both you and the business.

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How to apply

Please note: Applications submitted directly through the Government Jobs Website are no longer considered. If this position sounds like you, please apply online now via our Police Careers page.

You will be required to submit an application form and a CV. Before confirmation of hire, pre-employment checks will be undertaken. Find further information on the application process via our careers page.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Talent Pathway Advisor Aric Naidoo via email.

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 1st November 2022

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