About the role
We are looking for an inspiring and influential policy manager to join our expanding Policy Unit to lead our Tourism and Economic Development Policy Team.
The Policy Unit leads DOC's work across all areas of policy that stand to impact on conservation. This includes general conservation policy (i.
e., in respect of biodiversity and the management of public conservation lands and waters), RMA reform, policy in respect of New Zealand's science system, climate change, the marine and freshwater domains, economic development and wider sector policy (e.
g. forestry, mining), and the tourism system. We are at the front line of DOC's relationship with Ministers and other agencies and at the forefront of thinking on its big challenges.
The role of the Tourism and Economic Development team is to advise and provide strategic direction on the outcomes DOC is seeking through the management of visitors and use of public conservation land and waters.
As a major draw card for visitors, public conservation land is at the centre of managing the risks and opportunities from international tourism.
It is critical to the identity, health and economic wellbeing of local communities, and of particular significance to tangata whenua.
A key policy challenge is how to enable important wellbeing outcomes associated with the use of public conservation lands whilst protecting our unique places and the species they contain.
Your role will be both to lead and inspire a team to navigate a wide-ranging and complex policy work programme and to form part of a cooperative leadership team shaping the direction of the Policy Unit overall.
Building influential networks, both in and outside of DOC, will be critical to your role, as will assisting the members of your team to do the same.
You will need to be able to coach and develop team members to sharpen their policy thinking and understand and balance the demands of being a public servant.
The quality of your team's advice, particularly to Ministers, will be critical to its success.
Mōu About you
You'll demonstrate experience providing strategic leadership in a policy (or related) role, combined with successful experience delivering through others and leading a high-performing team.
Bringing strong stakeholder relationship skills, you'll have proven experience in building influential networks, both internal and external, along with confidence and credibility to work with Ministers and senior officials across government.
Strong cultural awareness, including an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Māori, and the ability to work for and with tangata whenua - iwi, hapū and whanau will round off your profile.