Acting Director of Proceedings

Previous Applicants are invited to re-apply

Acting Director of Proceedings - Wellington CBD

Fixed Term – Parental Leave Cover

Because of technical issues, applications from a recent advertisement may not have been received.  We apologise for the inconvenience but invite any prior applicants to re-apply.

The Health and Disability Commissioner promotes and protects the rights of health and disability services consumers, and facilitates the fair and efficient resolution of complaints relating to infringements of those rights.

The Director of Proceedings exercises independent statutory functions under the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994. As Acting Director, you will report to the Commissioner and independently decide whether to bring proceedings before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal or the Human Rights Review Tribunal. You will lead a small team based in Wellington.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced litigator to play a key role in New Zealand’s medico-legal system, including involvement in appeals and judicial review proceedings.

This is a 12 month fixed term appointment to cover the current Director’s period of parental leave from mid-December 2020 to mid-December 2021 (a start date in January is negotiable).

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • at least seven years post-qualification experience
  • a proven track record in managing and undertaking litigation
  • the ability to contribute to the strategic leadership of HDC
  • the ability to exercise independent judgement
  • a reputation for personal integrity and professional objectivity
  • the ability to work with consumers in an empathetic and professional manner
  • experience managing staff

Download the Position Description here (PDF 130KB)

Address your cover letter to the HR Coordinator, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, P O Box 1791, Auckland 1140.  E-mail enquiries to

All applications must be submitted via the button below.  Your CV and Cover Letter can be attached within the application.

Applications for this role close at 4.30pm, Monday 28 September 2020