Kaiwhakahaere | Manager - Legal

Ministry for the Environment

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

Fixed Term/Secondment – mid April 2021 to mid February 2022 (to cover parental leave)

  • Exciting leadership role
  • High performing team
  • Flexible working

Our purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation – be part of this exciting journey. 

Mō te tūnga | About the role 

Our Legal team play an active role in facilitating the Ministry's legislative programme, advising on public law issues, identifying and managing legal risk and drafting and advising on contractual matters.  The Team is also responsible for the administration and management of the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund. 

You will be responsible for leading our expert in-house team of Senior Solicitors who provide legal advice for, and legal assistance to, Ministers and the Ministry on a wide range of issues.  This includes ensuring that the Senior Solicitors are providing clear and timely legal advice and on all aspects of the development and delivery of the Ministry's work programme. You will also work closely with the Manager (Legal and Procurement) and the Chief Legal to manage and develop the whole legal team. 

The role is highly collaborative and you will need the confidence to develop and manage relationships at all levels across the Ministry, as well as those outside the organisation.

This is an exciting time to join the Ministry as it embarks on comprehensive reform of the Resource Management and other key environmental reform. Come and enjoy working in a collaborative environment on ground breaking developments. 

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience 

Our ideal candidate will bring: 

  • a law degree and a current NZLS practising certificate (or eligibility to obtain one)
  • leadership and management experience
  • strong people focus and experience in developing team members
  • extensive experience of Parliamentary and Cabinet processes
  • extensive experience in public law and legislative processes
  • knowledge or interest in Resource Management Law and/or environmental law
  • knowledge of managing litigation
  • strong stakeholder relationship skills
  • commitment to developing your cultural capability and capacity in te ao Māori.

Mō mātou | About us 

The Ministry's purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation.  

We offer:

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as ‘One MfE'
  • generous leave entitlements
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • opportunities for development and education.          

A key priority for the Ministry is Te Ao Māori. This means we work with our Treaty partner to advance Māori priorities for the environment and for environmental success. We will be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori and lead the natural resources system in engaging for success with tangata whenua. We will grow our capability and capacity to accurately reflect Māori views in our work. 

We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What's important to us is ‘he rau kotahi tangata' – embracing our multiple talents – by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now 

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.   

If you require further information about this position please contact Kirsty Millard at Kirsty.Millard@mfe.govt.nz 

Salary range: $148,206 to $186,317 pa.  Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience. 

Rā Katinga | Applications close:  Monday, 1 February 2021.


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