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Senior Solicitor

NZ Ministry of Education
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Senior Solicitor

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

  • Fixed Term - Fulltime - to 30 October 2020
  • Schools Payroll Holidays Act Programme


Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.


About our group and team

The Strategy, Planning and Governance (SPG) group works across the Ministry providing strategic governance, accountability and transparency, communications, stakeholder, legal, risk and assurance, planning and monitoring expertise to ensure the Ministry's work is robust, properly considered and well represented to its stakeholders.


About this role

The Ministry of Education's Schools Payroll Holidays Act Programme is required to ensure schools sector compliance with the Holidays Act 2003, including resolving past non-compliance and ensuring future compliance of the school payroll service.

Expert legal advice informs system, process and statutory changes that is critical to the Ministry achieving Holidays Act compliance.

The Senior Solicitor contributes to the operations of the Programme through providing high quality, timely, accurate legal advice in a variety of forms, ranging from opinions to oral advice through to workshopping and working with/instructing external advisors.  External advisors assist the programme by supporting, facilitating and contributing to the provision of legal services to the Programme.

Please note that there is further information in the attached Job Description.

About you

You will have a current practicing certificate and at least seven years PQE with experience in employment law.  It would be an advantage if you have had experience in Holidays Act compliance and/or in the Education sector.

You will also offer:

  • Strong research, investigative, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Very effective written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated in complex and demanding environments
  • High level of integrity, self-motivation, flexibility and responsiveness
  • Sound judgement and the self-confidence to take a stance.

If you'd like to bring your skills to a rewarding role within an organisation that's continuously reaching goals and striving for a better future for New Zealand, we'd love to hear from you.


Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the Job Description attached and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements please apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button. 

For further information please contact Antoinette Russell at

Applications close 25 August 2019.

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