ACLC Trustee Vacancies 2022

Auckland Community Law Centre is looking for new trustees: both lawyer and (non-lawyer) community representatives.    

We are New Zealand’s oldest community law centre.  We are passionate about access to justice and have a long tradition of leadership and innovation.   

Each year we provide free legal services to over 3000 vulnerable people.   

The Organisation   

  • We are an independent charitable trust with up to 8 trustees.     
  • We are one of 24 community law centres nationally, and a member of the peak body, Community Law Centres o Aotearoa Inc.  
  • We were the 2017 winners of the New Zealand Women in Governance Award.   
  • Our main funder is the Ministry of Justice.  

Overview of Role  

We are looking for new trustees who can bring fresh thinking and energy as we implement our strategic plan.    

Our strategic plan is designed to transform lives and build a better New Zealand through the fairer application of the law.  We will achieve that by developing specialist expertise, building strong partnerships with disadvantaged communities, winning ground within the justice sector, and by investing in our growth.  

As a new trustee you will be passionate about promoting access to justice and be able to demonstrate your commitment to it.  The ideal candidate will have strong connections to their community and experience in governance.  

If you are a lawyer, you will have strong connections within the profession.  You will also have strong skills in developing both the professional and commercial parts of a legal practice.

We are looking for people prepared to make a commitment for 2-3 years, and who are prepared to focus on the core tasks of executing our strategy.  Our Board meets for two hours every two months (with occasional extra work via email and remote conferencing).    

You will join the organisation at an exciting time in its history – finances are healthy, our work is more visible, and there is a growing interest in access to justice.        

While this is a volunteer role, the trust has discretion to provide a small honorarium. 

To apply for these roles, please email a short cover letter and CV (one page is sufficient) to Jacki Richardson, Trustee 

Applications close 4 March 2022.

Head of Knowledge Management

About us

As the leading provider of private dispute resolution services in New Zealand, we aim to maintain that privileged position and to continue to set the standard of excellence for private, domestic, and international dispute resolution in New Zealand.

We are team oriented and believe we are able to achieve more collectively than individually, with continuous improvement and innovation being integral to our culture and success.

About our role

Based in the heart of Takapuna, we are looking for a Head of Knowledge Management to join our team as we continue to grow and expand into new markets. The prime focus of this role is to supervise the team to peer review legal decisions, undertake research, write documents and materials, and share this knowledge and content internally and externally, so that panellists and staff can provide a professional service. You will also personally peer review panellists’ decisions and provide editorial and substantive advice.

Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Motivate your team to work collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Set and articulate clear expectations and KPI’s
  • Develop and deliver training and upskilling where necessary
  • Create an environment for the team to learn, develop and flourish
  • Be accountable for enhancing the Knowledge Management function of the organisation
  • Promote a culture of continuous knowledge sharing, developing sustainable approaches to content generation and information use, for example by drafting or amending precedents, monitoring and reporting on recent judgments, and authoring publications
  • Complete peer reviews of decisions and make recommendations to improve the accuracy, clarity, and cogency of the decision

About you

As our new Head of Knowledge Management you will bring technical legal expertise and strong leadership skills to ensure we optimise the performance of our Knowledge Management function. You will be able to interpret and articulate complex legislation, apply it to circumstances, identify problems and suggest solutions. To thrive in this role you will need the ability to grasp complex factual situations readily and relish sharing your knowledge and educating others.

 The following background and attributes will also contribute to your success in this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law (NZ or overseas)
  • 5+ years' experience in a complex legal role
  • Proven experience in leading and motivating a team
  • Litigation experience 
  • Outstanding communication and relationship management skills 
  • Ability to collaborate but also work independently
  • Proficiency with MS Suite

What you’ll get in return

  • A collaborative and supportive environment
  • The opportunity to develop a high performing team
  • Diverse and interesting work
  • The ability to have a substantial impact on the reputation and success of NZDRC
  • Fabulous office location near the stunning Takapuna beach

To apply for the role, please submit your tailored cover letter and CV via SEEK 

Knowledge Manager

About us

As the leading provider of private dispute resolution services in New Zealand, we aim to maintain that privileged position and to continue to set the standard of excellence for private, domestic, and international dispute resolution in New Zealand.

We are team oriented and believe we are able to achieve more collectively than individually, with constant improvement being integral to our culture.

About our role

Based in the heart of Takapuna, the prime focus of this role is to peer review decisions resolving legal disputes, providing editorial and substantive advice. While the work is primarily in the medico-legal and building and construction fields, our business is always growing, and all manner of disputes may come across your desk. Additionally, you will undertake research, write documents and publications, and share this knowledge and content internally and externally, so that independent panellists and staff can provide a professional service. 

Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Completing peer reviews of legal decisions in a timely manner, and prioritising work appropriately 
  • Editing documents to improve the accuracy, clarity, and cogency of decisions
  • Providing training and feedback to panellists, from legal research through to practical suggestions for how to run a hearing or respond to a tricky issue
  • Generating content to publish in our quarterly journals
  • Responding to and analysing queries that identify knowledge management and technical training needs
  • Promoting a culture of continuous knowledge sharing, developing sustainable approaches to content generation and information use, for example by drafting or amending precedents

About you

As a Knowledge Manager you will need to be legally qualified, able to interpret complex legislation and quickly grasp complex factual situations. You will bring curiosity and integrity to your work allowing you to deliver exceptional services to all of our stakeholders.

Additionally, a proactive approach and a growth mindset will be of huge value in this role. The following will also contribute to your success:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Law (NZ or overseas)
  • 5+ years' experience in a complex legal role
  • Litigation experience highly preferred
  • Outstanding communication and relationship management skills
  • The ability to collaborate but also work independently
  • Self-driven with a sense of initiative
  • Proficiency with MS Suite

What you’ll get in return

  • A collaborative and supportive environment
  • Diverse and interesting work
  • 5-minute walk from the stunning Takapuna beach
  • Performance coaching and development 

How to apply

To apply for our role, please submit your tailored cover letter and CV via SEEK.