The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) is an independent Crown entity responsible for oversight of the broadcasting standards system for radio and television. It determines complaints about broadcasting standards, oversees and develops the broadcasting standards system, and engages with and educates broadcasters and the public about broadcasting standards, community values and attitudes, and how consumers engage with content.  You can learn more about the organisation here:

 In the current environment, the Authority has a strong focus on how it responds to media issues relating to freedom of expression, hate speech/discrimination and human rights.  In particular, it works with broadcasters in a co-regulatory model to ensure that consumers can make informed decisions about what content they consume without harm.

Reporting to the Legal Manager, the Senior Legal Advisor will be responsible for overseeing the case management process for complaints referred to the BSA. This will include dealing with complaints and drafting decisions, responding to public and broadcaster enquiries, taking responsibility for projects and contributing to the development of the standards system and processes. The appointee will also work closely with the CE and Board, advising and liaising on complaints as required.

To be effective in this key role you will have:

  • Current practicing certificate
  • Proven experience gained from working in the public sector, dispute/complaints resolution and/or a compliance role
  • Team leader attributes including coaching and mentoring others, and coordinating a portfolio of cases
  • An interest and preferably experience in human rights and/or broadcasting, media, journalism
  • Outstanding relationship management skills and the ability to work well with a range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors
  • Solid understanding of dispute resolution and public law principles
  • Experience in providing strategic legal advice
  • Excellent attention to detail and quality control
  • An adaptable, well-organised and pragmatic approach to managing a varied and busy workload
  • Previous research and/or project management experience would be an advantage

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a small, passionate team and help prevent harm to New Zealanders, while fairly balancing the broadcasters’ right to freedom of expression.

The recruitment of this role is being managed by JacksonStone & Partners. Please contact Simon Boyes on 04 550 8000 for further information.

To apply, please follow this link:

Applications close Friday, 2 August 2019.

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