Senior Legal Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 27-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/D2/20/24
  • Job Title: Senior Legal Advisor
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  • Summary:

The Legal Team of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) is looking for a talented, smart and high energy solicitor to join them in their Wellington based team – a highly functioning, collaborative unit where no two days are the same. 

The core function of the team is 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.

To be successful in this 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
  • At least eight to ten years’ PQE.

As well as never a dull moment in your day, we offer:

  • Ongoing development and training
  • Kiwisaver employer contribution over base salary
  • Four weeks’ annual leave plus additional leave entitlements
  • Generous parental leave and childcare benefits
  • Subsidised health insurance and vision care
  • Flexible working environment; family friendly
  • Free on-site gym
  • Active, fun social club

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.

Salary range:  $112,196 – $168,294

A position description can be found on our website.

How to apply

Applications must include a completed application form, a current CV and cover letter. These should be sent to quoting reference number D2/20/24 and placing your full name in the subject line of the email. Only completed applications will be progressed.

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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 5 March 2020.

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.