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Registrar/General Counsel

University of Otago - Vice-Chancellor's Office

Location: Dunedin - New Zealand
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 10th January 2022
Closes: 23rd January 2022
Job Ref: 2102571

UNIVERSITY of OTAGO

Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo 

The University of Otago Registrar/General Counsel is a senior executive officer of the University and member of the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group. 

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar leads the Office responsible for the following functions: governance through the University Council and its committees; student appeals to the Appeals Board; statutes, regulations and policy; corporate records; copyright and mediation services; coordination of Official Information Act requests; and privacy.  The role acts as the University’s Privacy Officer. 

The Registrar provides expert and strategic legal advice and support to the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor on governance matters and is responsible for establishing best practice standards for the operation of the University Council and its committees. 

The Registrar plays a formal role in a number of ceremonies and is a signatory for relevant formal documents on behalf of the University. 

This is a key University governance and leadership role ensuring the critical coordination of legal accountability to meet the University's statutory obligations. 

Skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako 

To be successful in this role, you will need to have:

  • Tertiary level qualification in Law.
  • Proven experience of managing and leading the provision of administration/governance services in a large and complex organisation.
  • Significant experience and/or broad legal knowledge (corporate, commercial litigations, public, property).
  • Extensive experience in a role requiring a high level of diplomacy, dealing with confidential and sensitive material.
  • Strategic acumen.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills. 

Highly developed communication skills, excellent organisational skills and attention to detail are essential for this role. We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, thrive working in a team environment and have a positive approach to work and life. 

Good knowledge of the University policies and procedures would be an advantage, but not essential. In-depth understanding of how legal issues affect organisations is essential.  Working understanding of the Education Act 1989, Official Information Act 1982, Privacy Act 2020, Local Government Official Information & Meetings Act 1987, and Public Records Act 2005 is important for this role. 

Application/Tono 

To submit your application (including CV and cover letter), please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2102571 will close on Sunday, 23 January 2022.

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