Assistant Office Public Defender

Ministry of Justice

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Auckland

Manukau

Te āhuatunga a te tūranga/About the role:

  • Leadership role
  • Work with a unique organisation that helps some of New Zealand's most marginalised people access justice
  • Interesting and intellectually challenging work

We are looking to appoint, to our Manukau office, an experienced criminal defence lawyer, with effective people leadership skills, who is a motivated, inspiring and seasoned leader.

Reporting directly to the Manukau Public Defender the role is integral to the office leadership team and critical to the achievement of the PDS's operational and strategic goals.

Mō te tīma/About our team

The Public Defence Service (PDS) is New Zealand's largest criminal law practice, providing high quality legal advice and representation in a full range of criminal cases. We have an important role in helping some of our most marginalised people access justice in New Zealand.

Our Manukau office is the largest of the PDS offices - with around 60 legal and support staff. It is a busy and sometimes demanding environment with variety and challenge in one of the fastest growing communities in the country.

He pūkenga tou/Skills and experience

The successful candidate for this role:

  • Will demonstrate drive, optimism and delivery-focus to make things happen and achieve results.
  • Your leadership will engage and inspire your people to deliver a professional and dynamic service.
  • You will set the tone, expectations and culture of the teams in your charge, creating an environment of trust, respect and ongoing learning.
  • You must be passionate about criminal justice issues and have a track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • You will have the ability to manage a wide range of tasks and have strong people leadership skills, including expertise in mentoring, coaching and training.
  • You will have PAL 3 or 4 legal aid listing (preferably PAL 4), or the ability to apply for one, having had significant experience in conducting a variety of criminal matters before our courts. Around half of your time will be focused on leadership and management within our office, with the balance spent representing clients as part of an interesting and challenging caseload comprised of PAL 3 and 4 criminal cases.

Tono mai/How to apply

To apply, click the apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description here, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

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We are looking to appoint in the range of $140,000 to $190,000 per annum.

Applications close on Sunday, 18 April 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@justice.govt.nz

 

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