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NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS)
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

The Legal Team of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) is looking for talented, smart and high energy solicitors to join them in this busy, growth phase. 

The Wellington based team is a highly functioning, collaborative unit – no two days are the same.  The core function of the teamis to provide quality legal and risk management advice on all matters relating to the operational activities of the NZSIS, including warrants, inquiries and reviews.

You'll be advising on stimulating and unique situations including human intelligence activity, covert collection capabilities, privacy, international and human rights law.

You'll also be engaging with internal and external stakeholders, including the Director-General and domestic and foreign partners.

Currently we have two positions available:

  • Senior Legal Advisor – Vacancy D2/19/51 – Salary range:  $112,196 - $168,294 per annum
  • Legal Advisor – Vacancy D2/19/52 – Salary range:  $68,724 - $103,086 per annum

To be successful in either role, you will bring:

  • An ability to manage and strategise across complex legal issues
  • An ability to find practical solutions to novel issues
  • An awareness of, and interest in, current affairs and issues that affect New Zealand – domestic and international
  • Legal drafting and “plain English” writing skills

For the Senior Legal Advisor position we seek a candidate with commercial experience.  We expect a Senior Legal Advisor to have at least eight to ten years' PQE.

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As well as never a dull moment in your day, we offer growth and development and ongoing training; free health insurance, on-site gym and a great work life balance.  We also have an active social club with plenty of fun team activities.

If you want to join our team at the heart of New Zealand's national security, make your application now.  We believe that diversity is our first line of defence.  We encourage all parts of the community to consider a career with us.

How to apply

For further information about the NZSIS and details of how to apply visit  Please note that all applications must include an application form.

To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years. Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a high level security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

Applications close 21 July 2019.

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality. You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career. 

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