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Principal Advisor, Human Resources

Principal Advisor, Human Resources

Principal Advisor, Human Resources

Ministry for Women

Closing Date : 01 Apr 2020

Fixed Term/Secondment (18 months), full time flexible (38 hours per week)

  • Lead responsibility for the Ministry's HR function
  • Provide strategic HR advice to the Chief Executive and Leadership team
  • Contribute to improving outcomes for NZ women and girls

About the Ministry for Women

The Ministry for Women, Te Minitatanga mō ngā Wāhine, is improving outcomes for New Zealand women and girls. We are the Government's principal advisor on achieving better results for New Zealand women. Our vision is that Aotearoa New Zealand is a great place to be a woman or girl, wāhine Māori succeed as Māori, and gender is not a barrier to wellbeing.

We are a small agency and operate a 'one-Ministry' culture where everyone pitches in and contributes to the whole of our work programme. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a small ministry and work closely with the CE, LT and Minister's office, as well as work across our priority areas on a range of issues that impact New Zealand women.

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Director, Corporate Services, this position is part of a small Corporate Services team. This is a true generalist role that will provide you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience across the full HR, ER and IR spectrum.

This position provides support across the whole organisation, overseeing and contributing to the delivery of operational HR services, and leading the Ministry's strategic HR advice to the Chief Executive (CE) and Leadership Team (LT). You will oversee the work of the Advisor, Corporate Services in providing a quality HR service to managers.

You will have excellent relationship management skills and lead the Ministry's relationship with key stakeholders at SSC, our payroll provider and Heads of HR in the public service. Internally, you will work closely with the Director, Corporate Services and the Finance Manager to ensure Corporate Services deliver high quality services to the Ministry.

A key focus for the Ministry is to improve our awareness and understanding of tikanga Māori, and how we incorporate this understanding as a Ministry to improve outcomes for wāhine Māori.

You will be comfortable working at both an operational and strategic level in the organisation, as well as coaching and mentoring junior team members.

Working flexibly

The Ministry is working towards being a flexible-by-default organisation. We have a range of flexible working arrangements in place with our staff including part time hours, compressed work week and remote working. We work together to put in place flexible arrangements that best suit each individual, their team and the organisation. We are open to considering a flexible arrangement for this role, so please let us know how that might best work for you as part of your application.

The Ministry for Women values diversity in our workforce. We select on capability, not gender and welcome expressions of interest from a wide range of candidates who have/demonstrate:

  • relevant experience in business or human resources management or related discipline, and/or
  • eight years of experience in the field/s of generalist human resource advisory and with some experience working with the public sector
  • respect for, and comfort with, tikanga Māori
  • demonstrated experience in the implementation of human resources policies, procedures and capability development initiatives
  • demonstrated knowledge, understanding and application of governing legislation, inclusive of (but not limited to) State Service Act 1988, Employment Relations Act 2000, Holidays Act 2003 and Wages Protection Act 1983.
  • experience coaching and mentoring others
  • knowledge and experience leading and overseeing payroll
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines and under pressure
  • ability to build stakeholder relationships, internally and externally, and influence decision making.

A full job description can be found here:

The salary range for this position is $105,485 to $142,715, with a midpoint of $124,100.

(We would be looking to employ an experienced HR generalist around the midpoint of the range.)

Applications close at 5pm Wednesday, 1 April 2020 and should be sent to 

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