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Lead Lawyer

Lead Lawyer, Professional Responsibility

Wellington Based.  Permanent

  • Are you passionate about maintaining high standards of teaching in New Zealand?
  • Can you lead 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.

We need someone to pick up this key role, leading a small team of lawyers to support the Council to ensure complaints and reports about teacher conduct or competence are fairly and robustly investigated. You will also manage the prosecutions of teachers through the Disciplinary Tribunal (some 150 per year), and ensure that the Council’s various decision-making bodies have access to high quality and timely legal advice. Additionally, you will be required to provide advice on media enquiries, policy and teacher registration.  This role is accountable for all in-house legal advice to the organisation, so it requires an agile and strategic thinker with excellent judgement and the ability to manage a busy caseload.

At times you may be required to travel within New Zealand. You will need a full clean driver license and a current practising certificate.

What we are looking for:

  • Proven experience (minimum 6 years) PQE as a lawyer, preferably with significant experience in a regulatory or litigation environment.
  • Proven management experience, with a demonstrated ability to ensure the team provides timely, high quality legal advice.
  • Excellent communication skills with stakeholders.
  • Ability to working effectively in a diverse workplace with strong commitment to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

To Apply:

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to

Applications close on Sunday 20 October 2019.

For a copy of the Job Description, please click here

Please note, you must have a legal right to work in New Zealand and be currently residing in the country.

Successful appointment is conditional upon police vetting and qualification checks.