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Senior Solicitor (Pay Equity)

NZ Ministry of Education
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Senior Solicitor (Pay Equity) | Rōia Tuakana

Secondment/Fixed-term to 30 June 2021

Based in Wellington

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


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

We help coordinate and oversee organisational planning and strategy, and specific priority initiatives. We work with Ministers to support delivery of the Ministry's work programme. We provide legal advice and facilitate communications and risk management across the organisation to foster public trust and confidence.

The Legal Services team where this role is based provides legal advice across the whole range of Ministry of Education responsibilities and services, over all three sectors and to both frontline and National Office staff.


About this role

The Ministry of Education has established a Pay Equity Programme to enable it to effectively and efficiently administer pay equity claims lodged, and resolve gender based undervaluation in accordance with the pay equity framework and within the pay equity principles.

This role will assist the Pay Equity Programme to resolve pay equity claims.

The Senior Solicitor (Pay Equity) will be expected to work independently, dealing with complex matters, advising on policy, providing ongoing and timely advice to management, offering leadership and direction to others, identifying risk and the need for policy and legislative change and contribute proactively, in relation to pay equity matters.


About you

We're looking for someone who can provide robust and pragmatic advice and is comfortable working with ambiguity in a developing area of law. Experience in pay equity and/or employment law would be an advantage but is not essential.

You will also offer:

  • A Tertiary qualification in law and a current practicing certificate
  • Strong research, investigative, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Awareness of risk management and the ability to apply risk analysis to all aspects of legal work
  • The ability to develop effective working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellence in oral and written communication, including the ability to present complex issues clearly and concisely
  • A high level of integrity, self-motivation, flexibility and responsiveness
  • Sound judgement and the self-confidence to take a stance
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.

You will be joining a small, high-performing, legal team providing support to the wider Ministry of Education.

 As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.


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.


There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.


For further information, please contact Antoinette Russell at

Applications close on 26 January 2020.

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