Kaitohutohu Mātāmua | Principal Advisor - Māori Rights and Interests
Ministry for the Environment
Wellington, New Zealand
1d ago

Job Description

  • Do you have experience and expertise in te ao Māori and public policy?
  • Looking for a full-time permanent opportunity that offers real impact and influence?
  • Work flexibly by default to support your work life balance opportunity be based anywhere around Aotearoa NZ
  • As leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand's environmental system, we ensure tāngata whenua are able to influence and lead the recovery of Aotearoa New Zealand's environmental wellbeing.

    The Tūmatakōkiri rōpū work to ensure the Ministry is set up for long term success, with systems and processes that enable us to deliver on our Tiriti obligations, as well as our aspirations and commitment to work with Māori to co-produce policy.

    Our goal is to see the Treaty of Waitangi reflected in environmental decision making.

    We operate on the values of Manaakitanga, Whakapapa, Mana Manaaki, Tangata Whenuatanga, Korero Awhi and Tikanga.

    Mō te tūnga About the role

    As a Kaitohutohu Mātāmua Principal Advisor within the Tūmatakōkiri rōpū you will work in close partnership with the Manager and your wider rōpū colleagues, playing a vital and influential role in ensuring our rōpū meets its internal obligations to support overall strategic delivery.

    Operating at a strategic level, this is a multi-faceted role with the opportunity to contribute to how the Ministry provides advice that delivers on our Tiriti obligations.

    You will provide strategic advice and guidance to teams across the Ministry on engaging with Māori and reflecting Māori rights & interests' in advice, with the aim of ensuring there is consistency and cohesion (interconnections) across all of the Ministry's Māori policy advice and practice.

    You will help develop the Ministry's capability to provide advice through implementation of Te Ao Hurihuri and new Māori policy standards and provide mentoring to other staff members.

    You will take a strategic view across the advice the Ministry produces and via ongoing auditing of Māori rights & interests advice, and you will play a valuable role in providing recommendations and training on where the Ministry's practices need to be strengthened.

    The Ministry looks to provide organisational flexibility to respond to changing work priorities. It is expected that Principal Advisors at MfE will be flexible to work across other areas of the Ministry as business or development needs require.

    Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako Skills and experience

    If you are curious, courageous and you feel a genuine alignment with our kaupapa then we want to hear from you. Please highlight within your cover letter how you meet the following lead requirements :

  • Sound competency in Te Ao Māori, and a willingness to help others learn from you;
  • Thought leadership and experience in the production of policy advice, ideally with an environmental focus;
  • Strong political acumen has a high level of understanding of and experience in navigating Machinery of Government processes;
  • Confidence and credibility in stakeholder engagement with successful experience of working with and for Māori;
  • Strong critical and systems-thinking capability to contribute to developing and bringing te ao Māori and mātauranga Māori into all Group outputs and wider system improvements;
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills to effectively build networks, develop effective partnerships and influence others; and
  • Proven experience of and a willingness to guide, coach and mentor other colleagues in their capability development and work delivery.
  • Salary Range

    Salary range for this role is from $155,491 up to $190,044 pa. Appointment within this range will be based on skills and experience.

    Mō mātou About us

    The Ministry's purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation. We offer :

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • agile working, allowing you variety and challenges across the organisation as we work as One MfE'
  • generous leave entitlements
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • opportunities for development and education.
  • A key priority for the Ministry is Te Ao Māori. This means we work with our Treaty partner to advance Māori priorities for the environment and for environmental success.

    We will be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori and lead the natural resources system in engaging for success with tangata whenua.

    We will grow our capability and capacity to accurately reflect Māori views in our work. An organisational priority is that we accurately reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Maori into our everyday work, by living our Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy through capability and capacity building.

    Tono ināianei Apply Now

    Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter. Note : your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.

    If you require further information about the role please contact Bridget Fraser via bridget.fraser mfe.govt.nz. To request a copy of the position description please email vacancy mfe.govt.nz

    We embrace diversity and inclusion and are committed to equal opportunities. What's important to us is he rau kotahi tangata' embracing our multiple talents by harnessing our diversity and being inclusive.

    We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. We are proud to be Rainbow Tick certified and recognise the diversity and uniqueness of our workforce and reaffirm our commitment to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

    We want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all. Therefore, please let us know if there is any support, we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you.

    You can contact us at vacancy mfe.govt.nz if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have.

    MfE's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all employees who come to our offices, work at non-MfE offices (this does not include remote workers working from home) or interact with the public in the course of their work must be fully vaccinated.

    During the application process you will be asked to provide details of your vaccination status, and depending on the nature of your work, you may be asked to provide evidence of your Vaccine Pass prior to an offer being made.

    Rā Katinga Applications close : end of Thursday 26 May 2022.

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