Permanent/Full time

Freedom in broadcasting without harm

The BSA has a fantastic opportunity for a disputes resolution lawyer to contribute to the BSA’s work in supporting standards in broadcasting, and to be part of the dynamic and evolving media environment.

  • Content regulation, freedom of expression and human rights
  • Dispute/complaints resolution and legal advice
  • Actively engage with broadcasters and Authority members on complaints and the broadcasting standards system

The Broadcasting Standards Authority is seeking a legal advisor to join its team and contribute to its goal to ensure that New Zealanders can confidently engage with broadcast content that does not cause harm.

Reporting to the Legal Manager, the Legal Advisor will be responsible for progressing broadcasting standards complaints referred to the BSA. This will include dealing with complainants and broadcasters, preparing advice for Authority members and draft decisions, and responding to public and broadcaster enquiries. You will also contribute to BSA research projects, the review of the Broadcasting Standards in New Zealand Codebook, and undertake research relevant to content regulation reforms.

You will bring legal experience, strong attention to detail and an ability to balance competing interests in complex fact situations (eg the right to freedom of expression against the interest in avoiding harm). You will have an appreciation for the attitudes and expectations of New Zealand’s diverse, liberal democracy.  We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who is prepared to pitch in and undertake a variety of responsibilities, and who can communicate well with a cross-section of society. Candidates with knowledge of Māori and Pasifika perspectives in particular are encouraged to apply.

To be effective in this key role you will have:

  • A current practicing certificate and 2-5 years’ legal experience
  • Proven experience in the public sector and/or a dispute/complaints resolution role
  • An interest and some experience in human rights and/or broadcasting, media, journalism
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to work well with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in providing strategic legal advice
  • Excellent attention to detail and an aptitude for compliance with policy and procedure
  • 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

The Broadcasting Standards Authority is an independent Crown entity responsible for oversight of the broadcasting standards system. 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, freedom of expression and harm, community values and attitudes and consumer media literacy.  You can learn more about the BSA at

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.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter, including a paragraph about a broadcasting standard you value highly and why, to

For enquiries about the position please contact, Helen Cruse, Legal Manager:

Due to the COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions interviews are likely to be conducted via audio-visual links or phone.  We are looking for the successful candidate to join as soon as possible.  You may be required to work from home for the initial phase of your employment.

The BSA is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and is committed to supporting an inclusive culture where employees have the opportunity to reach their potential. Our people are our asset and are integral to our continued high performance and success.

Applications close at 5pm on 25 May 2020