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Director Legal and Ministerial Services (Chief Legal Advisor)

Director Legal and Ministerial Services (Chief Legal Advisor)

Director Legal and Ministerial Services (Chief Legal Advisor)

Ministry for the Environment

Closing Date : 28 Aug 2019

Ref: MFE/1414886 

Wellington / Permanent / Full Time

Ministry for the Environment

Here at the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) we value our people and we love to do things differently.  Our people are from diverse backgrounds and work in flexible ways, but are all committed to our responsibility as primary advisors to the Government on the environment.

We tackle the hottest issues that impact on the environment, supporting New Zealand's prosperity – economic, social and cultural, without compromising our environment for future generations.

The Ministry's goal to make Aotearoa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world is a considerable responsibility and one we take seriously.

The position

This is an exciting opportunity to bring your legal capability, political nous and public law/central government experience into an organisation leading on many of the Government's priorities, including Climate Change, Water, Waste and and Urban Reform. To be a good fit, you will also bring strong people leadership abilities and experience, given the various portfolios held by this position.

The Director – Legal and Ministerial Services plays a critical leadership role at MfE. In this position you will support and work alongside the Chief Operating Officer, leading the Ministry's legal, procurement and executive relations function, growing the teams' capability to meet the needs and objectives of MfE.

The Director – Legal and Ministerial Services holds the Chief Legal Advisor and Privacy Officer role for MfE, as well as the decision-making delegations for the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund.  Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), this role is a trusted advisor and sounding board to the COO, Chief Executive and executive leadership team (Te Pūrengi).

The Director is part of the Organisational Performance leadership team and the wider Directors group of MfE. As a Director you will actively collaborate with your colleagues to provide joined up advice and strategic leadership for MfE. As a senior leader the Director embraces and champions Te Ao Māori in everything we do.

The Ministry for the Environment operates a flexible environment to enable staff to work on various projects. As a people leader you will lead by example, supporting your people to deliver in an agile, project-based working environment. You will foster innovation, value diversity, and deliver on the collective leadership goals we set for ourselves. This includes using MfE's Edge Behaviours as the foundation of how you lead and our teams operate.

Working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its application and an understanding of Māori Crown relations is an important criteria for this role. To be successful in this role you will be a high performer who can hit the ground running and quickly gain the confidence of the wider business, especially Te Pūrengi.

Priorities for the role are:

  • advise on significant legal risks and options relating to policy development, strategic direction and decision making, and ensure sound drafting instructions to reflect reasoned policy development
  • offer practical solutions and support for the business in a way that identifies and ensures legal risks are appropriately managed
  • advise on the lawfulness of the exercise of MfE and relevant ministerial functions, duties and decisions
  • ensure Ministers, the Ministry and the public are well served with timely, accurate, transparent and high-quality ministerial information, advice and support
  • ensure the Ministry is purchasing goods and services in accordance with government principles for procurement, in a way that is fair, transparent, sustainable and provides the Ministry with value for money
  • ensure contract management practice at MfE meets good practice standards, and capability is built across the organisation to deliver effective procurement and contract management.

We support flexible approaches to work to ensure that we have the best person for the role.  This is a great time to be part of an agency delivering on its commitment to flexible working as well as diversity and inclusion.

Please contact Sonia Smith (Business Partner) on or Thomas Gay (Recruitment Business Partner), for more information about the recruitment process.

The salary range for the role is from $165,563 to $223,997

Please apply online via our careers centre

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