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HEALTH AND DISABILITY COMMISSIONER
POSITION DESCRIPTION POSITION: Senior Legal Advisor | Kaitohutohu Ture Matua DEPARTMENT: Legal REPORTS TO: Associate Commissioner, Legal | Toihau Tūhono, Ture
Ko wai tatou | Who we are Under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 (the Act), the Health and Disability Commissioner is required to promote and protect the health and disability services consumers’ rights and facilitate the fair and efficient resolution of complaints relating to infringement of those rights. Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role The purpose of this position is to contribute to the Health and Disability Commissioner’s mission by giving robust and credible legal advice on legislation, complaints, and other matters. He aha tāu e mahi ana | What you'll be doing
Providing advice on the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 (the Act), the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) and other relevant legislation and standards.
Providing other legal and strategic advice to the Commissioner and other HDC teams.
Providing support to the Associate Commissioner, Legal and Deputy Chief Legal Advisor in the management of the legal team as required.
Preparing reports, submissions or opinions for or on behalf of the Commissioner on legal and policy issues affecting the interests of health and disability consumers.
Providing legal advice on matters relating to the administration of the Commissioner’s Office, including reviewing corporate documentation and commercial contracts.
Researching and present material on any issue relevant to the Commissioner.
Providing guidance and supervision to project and other temporary staff, including investigators and complaints assessors as requested by the Associate Commissioner, Legal.
Contributing to the Commissioner’s educational goals through the preparation or overview of reports, papers, guidelines and publicity material and the giving of presentations as required.
Providing assistance to the Director of Proceedings, as agreed between the Director of Proceedings and Associate Commissioner, Legal.
Providing mentoring and supervision to less experienced legal staff.
Developing, implementing, managing, and monitoring legal team quality improvement processes and practices.
Complying with the HDC’s information management strategy and policy.
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Assisting on any matter and perform other duties, from time to time as required.
Ensuring all work: o is well researched o considers options and impacts where appropriate o is understandable to the targeted audience o meets agreed timeframes.
Ko ngā mea ka hiahiatia e koe kia angitū te haere | What you'll need to be successful: Proven qualities of confidentiality, independence, judgement, compassion, persistence and diplomacy with a demonstrated commitment to customer service are important for this role. The ability to demonstrate flair and an attitude of continuous improvement together with a high level of initiative and self confidence are also required. In addition, the employee must have:
Proven intellectual ability.
An approachable and friendly manner.
The ability to coach and mentor others/
The ability to lead and manage the resolution of complex legal issues.
The capacity to manage time and meet deadlines.
Stress management techniques.
Excellent organisational skills.
Flexibility and a team-orientated approach.
Enthusiasm and a passion for working as a team member for the Health and Disability Commissioner.
Significant, high-quality post-admission experience as a barrister and solicitor (minimum of five years).
Expertise in New Zealand health care law, or knowledge of or experience in New Zealand health care and disability service sectors.
Knowledge of the requirements and application of the Act and the Code.
Knowledge of public law generally and administrative law in particular.
Experience leading, mentoring and supervising, less experienced staff and working collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
Ability to demonstrate flair and an attitude of continuous improvement.
Well developed understanding of policy issues affecting the interests of health and disability service consumers.
Excellent research and writing skills with an ability to produce logical and clearly written material.
Experience in contractual drafting and review of corporate documentation.
Excellent analytical skills and sound judgement.
A consistent record of working with a minimum of supervision and meeting deadlines.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including oral skills.
A high degree of computer literacy.
A high level of initiative and self confidence.
An awareness of issues related to the Treaty of Waitangi and an ability to address these.
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Te Aronga o te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Purpose Ka mahitahi mātou o te ratonga tūmatanui kia hei painga mō ngā tāngata o Aotearoa i āianei, ā, hei ngā rā ki tua hoki. He kawenga tino whaitake tā mātou hei tautoko i te Karauna i runga i āna hononga ki a ngāi Māori i raro i te Tiriti o Waitangi. Ka tautoko mātou i te kāwanatanga manapori. Ka whakakotahingia mātou e te wairua whakarato ki ō mātou hapori, ā, e arahina ana mātou e ngā mātāpono me ngā tikanga matua o te ratonga tūmatanui i roto i ā mātou mahi. In the public service we work collectively to make a meaningful difference for New Zealanders now and in the future. We have an important role in supporting the Crown in its relationships with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi. We support democratic government. We are unified by a spirit of service to our communities and guided by the core principles and values of the public service in our work. The Health and Disability Commissioner welcomes and supports people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities, and religions.
Note: This position description, both in terms of actual responsibilities and focus, is subject to change over time, as the role and the organisation develop