ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Legal and Business Affairs Executive - New Zealand Film Commission - Wellington

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented lawyer to join the Legal and Business Affairs team at Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga, the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).   This is an opportunity for someone to be exposed to, and gain knowledge in entertainment law, while continuing to develop your commercial legal experience.

This role is to assist, support and manage NZFC’s risk as a Crown Entity and a government funder by providing pragmatic legal advice. 

The NZFC is a Crown Entity governed by an eight-member board appointed by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.  We support a diverse range of New Zealand and international stories to be told here and seen everywhere. We promote our talented individuals and our industry’s reputation for creativity, innovation, and superb production values. We balance cultural and economic objectives to achieve successful outcomes for our industry and our people.

This is a full-time fixed term role for approximately 12-15 months to cover parental leave.   The role will be Wellington based.   

We are looking for someone who has the following skills and attributes:

  • A tertiary qualification in law, a current New Zealand practicing certification or the ability to obtain one
  • 2-4 years solid legal experience at a law firm or in-house at a Crown Entity or government department/agency 
  • A solid foundation in intellectual property and/or commercial law with some experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts preferred
  • Exposure to entertainment law is desirable
  • A good understanding of the mechanisms of government
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills 
  • Initiative, sound judgement and the ability to work autonomously
  • The ability to cope effectively with a multitask workload
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Articulate with the ability to think on your feet
  • Ability to form effective working relationships with other staff and stakeholders
  • Demonstrated skills as a team player and effective collaborator
  • A commitment to a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity
  • An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi 


NZFC offers a friendly, relaxed, and flexible working environment.  We are committed to a recruitment process that reflects the principles of equal employment opportunities.   As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.  Special needs of applicants and whanau support will be accommodated when arranging interviews.

If you would like a copy of the job description, please contact: [email protected].

Please apply online or send your cover letter and CV to [email protected].   
Applications close on 28 January 2022.

Only those applicants who are New Zealand citizens, New Zealand residents or those with valid work visas will be considered.