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Lawyer, Professional Responsibility

Wellington Based.  Full time Permanent

·       Are you passionate about maintaining high standards of teaching in New Zealand?

·       Professional body

·       Wellington CBD

Join a small team of lawyers providing advice in a high paced environment?

The Teaching Council is a professional body representing teachers from early childhood education through primary and secondary schooling in English and Māori medium schools.  We provide leadership and help strengthen the regulatory framework and disciplinary regime for teaching. We aim to boost the status of teaching, strengthening accountability and bringing consistently high standards of teaching across the profession.

Due to an internal promotion, we need someone special to join a small team of lawyers to support the investigators to ensure complaints and reports about teacher conduct or competence are fairly and robustly investigated. You will also support the prosecutions of teachers through the Disciplinary Tribunal and ensure that the Complaints Assessment Committee and Competence Authority have access to high quality legal advice.

At times you may be required to travel within New Zealand to conduct investigations and to meet with the Complaints Assessment Committee. You will need a full clean driver license.

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

-        Proven experience (3-6 years) PQE as a lawyer, preferably with significant experience in a regulatory or litigation environment.

-        A demonstrated ability to ensure timely, high quality legal advice.

-        Excellent communication with stakeholders.

-        Ability to working effectively in a diverse workplace with strong commitment to the te tiriti o Waitangi.

If you are looking for an opportunity to develop new skills and want to work in a supportive and vibrant environment, please apply today.

Please direct any queries and send your CV and Cover Letter to

Closing date Sunday 1 March 2020.

For a copy of the Job Description, please click here.

Please note, you must have a legal right to work in New Zealand.

Successful appointment is conditional upon police vetting and psychometric testing.