Manager, Employment Law and Employment Relations (3757) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Are you an experienced employment lawyer who is working in-house, or looking to make the move in-house?
  • Do you enjoy providing strategic and operational employment law advice to senior leaders?
  • Are you experienced in developing strong and effective working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups?
  • Do you have experience leading and enabling high performing teams?


Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

The Manager, Employment Law & Employment Relations leads a team of HR legal practitioners at Wellington’s second-largest employer, and reports to the Director, People & Capability. A member of the HR leadership team, this is an influential role within the wider HR team, providing advice and support directly to the Vice-Chancellor and Senior Leadership Team members. The role is responsible for developing and implementing an employment relations approach and framework that advances the University’s strategic goals.

The Manager, Employment Law & Employment Relations is responsible for strategic and operational legal advice on employment matters related to change management, employment agreement and policy interpretation, dispute resolution and general employment law matters, working in close collaboration with the HR Advisory and Change teams.


Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will have a law degree with a current practising certificate, extensive experience in employment law matters at a senior level, experience leading and developing a team of professionals, and demonstrable experience engaging and influencing senior leaders in complex organisations.

You will be connected to the employment law community, very knowledgeable of current employment legislation, Health & Safety legislation and requirements, and “Good Employer” practices. Additionally, you will bring your commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and experience of enhancing organisational culture.


Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is diverse, supportive, and passionate. We care about the University, the staff we support, and our students. The University’s values are our values, our work matters and makes a difference. This is a unique opportunity to lead a specialist team through transformation and to have influence and impact in an organisation.

For more information about the University and benefits of working with us, visit

Role Description

From 31 January 2022, a COVID-19 vaccine mandate will apply to all University staff, students, contractors and visitors. For more information see:

Applications close: Sunday 13th March 2022

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Michelle Clarke, but applicants should follow all steps listed below.


Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click the Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.