Principal Advisor
Department of Conservation
Wellington, New Zealand
6d ago

Job Specification

  • An exciting opportunity for a Principal Advisor within the Ngā Whenua Rāhui team.
  • Provide strategic support
  • Permanent, full-time role with flexibility on location
  • Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata

    If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

    At Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation we express our spirit of service and serve Aotearoa through our purpose, Papatūānuku Thrives.

    Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our mahi.

    He angitūtanga About the role

    The Principal Advisor role is new to Ngā Whenua Rāhui. You will provide strategic input and a high level of policy advice to senior leadership and the Komiti and provide support on issues that impact the work of Ngā Whenua Rāhui and our relationships with tangata whenua.

    Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako Skills and experience

    You must be an effective communicator to a wide range of audiences. Your role is crucial to develop relationships aligning conservation goals with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

  • Fluency in te reo Māori me ngā tikanga is desirable.
  • Policy experience : preferably a proven track-record in public service.
  • Sound working knowledge of statutory processes, legislative frameworks and contemporary policy approaches, particularly as they relate to iwi Māori.
  • An excellent writer, with superior grammatical and editorial proficiency.
  • Can competently synthesise complex subject matter into concise and clear advice.
  • Highly organised with a proven ability to plan, schedule and deliver to set timeframes while balancing competing priorities.
  • Highly effective at identifying and monitoring risks, issues, mitigations and actions.
  • Adept at complex stakeholder engagement with excellent communication skills working with iwi.
  • Knowledge of public sector accountabilities and policies desirable.
  • To achieve all this, you will need to be a team player. You will need to think big and yet provide detail and clarity. Your strong analytical and organisational ability will be complemented by excellent written and oral communication skills.

    Great people skills and the ability to relate well to others is essential.

    Mō mātou About us

    Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities weserve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.

    Our Te Kaupapa behaviours of whakatīnanatia (we deliver), atawhaitia a Papatūānuku (we love nature), whakawhānaungatanga (we build relationships) and whakaauaha (we innovate) guide what we need to do for Papatūānuku to Thrive.

    Ko ngā hua What we offer

    We take pride in enabling our kaimahi to bring their unique perspectives to mahi, in pursuit of our collective aspirations.

    Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes :

  • Flexible working options where applicable
  • Te Pukenga Atawhai Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • Active employee networks, Te Kāwai Aho Tapu - Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network
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