ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


General Counsel - New Zealand Security Intelligence Service - Wellington

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) is seeking a passionate and professional General Counsel to lead its Legal and Compliance & Risk teams. 

This is a significant leadership and advisory role and is the principal legal advisor to the Director-General responsible for the provision of both strategic and operational legal advice and the management of litigation on behalf of the NZSIS.

The General Counsel is a member of the senior leadership team and actively contributes to the effective leadership and governance of the NZSIS.

In this role you will be responsible for the management of key external relationships in relation to legal matters with Ministers, Crown Law, oversight bodies, overseas agencies and the private sector and ensuring that the reputation of NZSIS Legal and Compliance is viewed positively.

To be successful in this role you will possess strong leadership skills and proven ability to build and maintain a range of high-functioning working relationships.

We are seeking an individual with strong public law experience and working knowledge of public law (including judicial review, state sector, public finance and the application of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti of Waitangi to the public service).   Familiar with the function of a chief legal counsel at a senior level, you will be self-motivating, innovative and capable of exercising excellent judgement.

If this sounds like you, we would love to offer you the opportunity to be forward leaning and be an influential leader and advisor in an environment where no two days are ever the same and protect and advance New Zealand’s way of life. 

NZSIS offers a flexible, family friendly working environment and generous staff package over base salary, including subsidised health insurance and parental leave and childcare benefits.

A position description can be found on our website.

How to apply

For further information about the NZSIS and details of how to apply visit Please note that all applications must include an application form.

To be eligible for employment within the NZIC you must have been a NZ citizen for at least 10 years. Alternatively you must hold NZ Permanent Residence or hold a current NZ Residency Class Visa and have been a citizen of UK, USA, Canada or Australia for at least 10 years.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a high level security clearance. Ordinarily to obtain this level of clearance candidates must have a 15 year checkable background in countries where meaningful and reliable checks can be undertaken. Where requisite checks are unable to be made, the candidate application may not be able to be progressed.

Applications close 7 June 2020.

The NZIC treats all applications for employment in the strictest confidence and we ask that you maintain a similar level of confidentiality. You are expected to exercise discretion during the recruitment process and throughout your career.