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Principal Adviser (Policy)

Principal Adviser (Policy)

Principal Adviser (Policy)

Ministry for Culture & Heritage

Closing Date : 26 Jan 2020

Vacancy 2020/03
Salary Range   $110,867 (85%) - $149,999 (115%) 

He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata
Promoting a confident and connected culture

  • High level thought leadership
  • Strategic and operational advice
  • Actively engage across government and the wider cultural sector

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Principal Adviser to join our expanding policy team. Reporting to the Director Policy, you will lead projects and provide high quality strategic and operational advice on key arts, cultural and media sector reforms. 

You will bring thought leadership and strategic analytical nous to the team and enjoy working at pace to deliver smart solutions to complex problems. Initially, you will focus on New Zealand’s media sector, where we have a diverse programme of work underway including strengthening Aotearoa’s public media system, reforming media content regulation, and growing the contribution of the New Zealand screen sector.

The role is highly collaborative, and you will need the confidence and proven ability to develop and manage relationships at all levels across government and the wider cultural and media sectors. 

This role is located in the Policy and Sector Performance Group, which provides high quality policy advice to Ministers, and funds and monitors New Zealand’s most important cultural agencies.

Kōrero mōu | About you

You will need to demonstrate:

  • Strategic leadership in shaping and delivering policy advice in the public and cultural sector
  • Effective stakeholder relationship management with other government agencies, iwi/ Māori, cultural groups, local government, cultural and media sector agencies, other key stakeholders and the public
  • Analytical capability and policy practice
  • Ability to collaborate with relevant government agencies and ministers

Please carefully consider the position description for more details.

Ko wai mātou | About us

Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 150 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name.

Our work is diverse – we support many of New Zealand’s art, media, heritage and sports organisations; we also advise government on cultural and public media matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.

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Me pēhea te tono | How to apply

For the position description and to apply for this position, please complete the application form and attach your CV and cover letter via 

For enquiries about this position, please contact Deborah Ready,

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 26 January 2020

*Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly

Manatū Taonga embraces flexible working. We’re open minded about how you can be your best both inside and outside work so please tell us what working arrangements suit you.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.


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