Manager - Legal Operations

  • Kelburn
  • Contract
  • Tue Sep 15 03:05:27 2020
  • 90181

  • Manager - Legal Operations, Fixed-Term (12 months), Full time
  • Are you experienced in legal operations and management, and are capable of developing and optimising policies and processes?
  • Do you enjoy working in roles where you are required to be proactive and independent, and be able to in your role make a real difference?

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Legal Operations Manager to proactively manage and improve the operations of the University’s Legal Services team and drive operational initiatives to completion. 

You will work closely with the General Counsel and key senior stakeholders to champion simplicity, create processes and practices to improve the day-to-day efficiency and effectiveness of the Legal Services team, facilitate and enable change, control costs, ensure outstanding customer service, champion process improvement and automation, and implement and optimise legal technology initiatives.

In addition, you will provide leadership for the University’s OIA, privacy and policy functions and ensure that relevant processes are optimised, efficient and that the University meets its legal obligations.

You will bring your extensive experience and can-do attitude to a varied and dynamic environment that provides plenty of opportunities and challenges. You will have:

  • Experience with legal operations and management (either in-house or in a law firm)
  • Experience in developing and optimising policies and processes
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and using legal technology solutions
  • Well-developed organisational skills, with a demonstrated ability to work autonomously and flexibly under pressure, manage competing demands and prioritise workload to meet deadlines in a busy environment
  • Excellent commercial acumen and experience
  • Ability to build, develop and maintain strong working relationships across a wide range of stakeholders at all levels of the organisation

The Legal Services team is responsible for the provision of all legal advice and services to the University. The team enables the University to achieve its strategic objectives, aims to “make life easier” for University staff, and champions simplicity over complexity. You will gain experience working in a small but busy team and enjoy an opportunity to lead and influence change and shape the future direction of the team.

If you’re looking for a role where you can work proactively and independently, take responsibility, and make a real difference, then we want to hear from you.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 9 October 2020

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Robyn Cavill-Fowler (robyn.cavill-fowler@vuw.ac.nz). But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the  University Application Form.

Click 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.

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: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19


Email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to erecruit@vuw.ac.nz  stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Why you should join our team


Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, focused on engaging with Wellington, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region and connecting with the world. The University values the expertise of its professional staff in supporting and enabling teaching, research and engagement activities.


Victoria University of Wellington is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi. We care about your privacy and personal information. You can review the University's privacy notice or alternatively find out more about working at the University by clicking here