ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand

Legal Manager - Broadcasting Standard Authority - Wellington

  • 12-month secondment/fixed-term contract for parental leave cover
  • Manage the legal team and have oversight of the complaints process and research portfolio
  • Work closely with the CE and Board

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) is an independent Crown entity responsible for oversight of the broadcasting standards system for radio and television. It determines complaints about broadcasting standards, oversees and develops the broadcasting standards system, works closely with broadcasters in a co-regulatory model, and undertakes research about standards, community values and attitudes. In making its determinations, the BSA observes the rules of natural justice, acknowledges the principles of partnership, protection and participation inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and considers the needs, aspirations and cultural values of tangata whenua.
To cover for a period of parental leave, the Legal Manager will be responsible for managing the legal team and have general oversight of the complaints process. The Manager will also take responsibility for the BSA’s policy and research functions, and engage with external providers, stakeholders and the public. The appointee will work closely with the CE and Board to deliver the BSA’s statutory mandate and governance of the organisation, and provide strategic advice and make recommendations to the Board on key projects and organisational performance. The Manager will be the primary legal advisor to the Board on issues of policy.
To be successful you will have:

  • Current practicing certificate
  • Proven experience gained from working in the public sector, dispute resolution and/or a compliance role
  • Team management experience, including coaching and mentoring others
  • An interest in broadcasting, media, journalism and/or the arts and culture sector
  • Outstanding relationship management skills and the ability to work well with a range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Solid understanding of dispute resolution and public law principles
  • Experience in providing strategic legal advice
  • Excellent attention to detail and quality control
  • An adaptable, well-organised, and pragmatic approach to managing a varied and busy workload
  • Previous research and/or project management experience would be an advantage

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small, passionate team and help navigate the balance between broadcasters’ right to freedom of expression and the obligation to avoid harm.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday, 21 September 2018
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Simon Boyes on +64 4 550 8000

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