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Senior Lawyer

Date:  10-Oct-2021

Wellington, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.



Senior Lawyer, Public Law - Wellington



Put your legal skills and experience to work, helping New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent 



We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced senior lawyer with high levels of integrity and professionalism to join our supportive and collegial team, in providing quality legal services for the Ministry of Social Development. 



About the Role


The Ministry of Social Development is involved in supporting New Zealanders through income and housing support, the wage subsidy and employment supports. We have a busy legislative programme planned and are excited for passionate lawyers with an interest in public law to join our team based in Wellington. You will work with a broad range of internal clients to support the important work the Ministry of Social Development does to help New Zealanders. 


Experience in social security law is preferrable, and strong coaching and mentoring skills are essential. We are looking for a senior lawyer who would enjoy helping our internal clients to make great decisions while supporting the growth and development of their colleagues. All our lawyers also have the opportunity to assist across the areas undertaken by the broader legal team.


You’ll join an inclusive and fun environment where we celebrate achievements and prioritise development. Our team values diversity and we welcome flexible working.



Our ideal senior lawyer:

•    is curious, analytical and has an eye for detail 
•    has experience providing high quality advice on operational, policy and legislative proposals
•    has experience instructing the Parliamentary Counsel Office on legislative amendments
•    provides clear legal advice on complex issues
•    has strong research, writing and drafting skills
•    enjoys working collaboratively and has excellent relationship building skills 
•    has excellent sense-making and critical thinking abilities
•    has experience and an interest, in coaching and mentoring more junior colleagues


If this sounds like it might be for you, we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to have a confidential chat with our management team to find out more about the role or the team, please contact:
Lauren Smith, Team Manager Advisory, Public. Lauren can be contacted on 029 281 8379 or by email at 


To apply, write a cover letter addressing the technical elements of the role, as well as ‘Our ideal senior lawyer’ of no more than 2 pages, together with your CV.








The Senior Lawyer role has a salary range of $100,014 to $125,018 dependant on experience.









How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:  Sunday, 24th October 2021






Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.