General Counsel vacancy

  • Position of influence
  • Member of the senior leadership team
  • Wellington-based

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner is an independent Crown entity that monitors, researches and reports on matters relating to privacy. We promote and protect individual privacy by encouraging and sustaining a culture in New Zealand where personal information is protected and respected wherever it exists.

The General Counsel will provide expert legal advice to the Commissioner and his office, and a legal quality assurance role in respect of all matters relating to the Commissioner’s functions. The appointee will lead and manage any litigation in which the Commissioner’s Office is involved, including briefing external counsel. The General Counsel will also lead our contribution to the review and reform of the Privacy Act 1993. 

Our Office works cross-functionally and the General Counsel will help lead ad-hoc projects, as required, and as a member of the senior leadership team, will contribute to our overall strategic direction.

To be considered for this key role, you will be a seasoned legal practitioner with experience weighted towards public and administrative law, and be able to discharge all the generic legal compliance obligations expected of corporate counsel. You will understand how to work within a regulatory environment, have sound judgement and decision-making ability, and be effective at developing relationships. A working knowledge of the Privacy Act and a keen interest in domestic and international privacy considerations would be an advantage, as would exposure to regulatory reform processes.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join our team of committed individuals and make a difference to our society.  

Applications are being handled by JacksonStone & Partners. Please contact Simon Boyes or David Hollander on 04 550 8000. To apply, please follow this link.

Applications close Sunday 20 September.

Ref. 42956.