Principal Advisor - Engagement | Wellington

Ministry for the Environment

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Here at the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) we value our people and we love to do things differently.  Our people are from diverse backgrounds and work in flexible ways, but are all committed to our responsibility as primary advisors to the Government on the environment.

We tackle the hottest issues that impact on the environment, supporting New Zealand's prosperity – economic, social and cultural, without compromising our environment for future generations.

The Ministry's goal to make Aotearoa New Zealand the most liveable place in the world is a considerable responsibility and one we take seriously. 

What you will do: 

The Principal Advisor – Engagement role is a key leadership role in how the Ministry strengthens its relationships with New Zealanders. 

You will be looked to for strategic leadership on the Ministry's engagement approach, execution, and capability development. You will have an established track record of leadership and driving change in this area.

A critical priority is lifting the quality and effectiveness of how the Ministry engages with Māori as part of our overall commitment to engagement excellence. You know exactly what excellence looks like and can confidently lead people to engage in a meaningful and genuine way with Māori in a wide range of contexts.  

You are a highly-experienced operator and understand the importance of investing in the right systems, processes and capability to get results.

As a Principal Advisor you will work with multiple teams to support relationship and engagement specialists.  You are known for getting the best out of people. Your collaborative working style enables you to foster key working relationships at various levels aided by your ability to always think about the bigger picture.

What you will bring:

You are dynamic and passionate with a reputation for excellence and delivery together with strong political nous. You will have:

  • A minimum of 8-10 years' experience in engagement and relationship management with a significant focus on Māori engagement
  • Proven experience developing engagement strategies for organisations
  • Proven experience in leading change at an organisation level
  • Deep knowledge and expertise of engagement best practice in working with Treaty partners
  • A strong understanding of Te Ao Māori
  • Exceptionally solution-focused with the ability to present ideas and propositions
  • A talent for issues management and problem solving

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.  MfE is also well regarded for its commitment to flexible working.


As well as being part of an innovative organisation with an important purpose of making Aotearoa, New Zealand, the most liveable place in the world, we offer you:

  • 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
  • Te Reo Maori language courses (and te Reo Maori competency allowance)
  • An active social club and employee networks
  • Opportunities for development and education

You will foster innovation, value diversity, and deliver on the collective leadership goals we set for ourselves. This includes using MfE's Edge Behaviours as the foundation of how you lead and our teams operate.

The salary range for the role is from 148,206 to 186,317

To apply, please CLICK HERE and complete the online questionnaire and attach your CV and cover letter.  PD is attached to the MfE Carrers site. for more information about the position please contact John Robertson on

Applications close - 23 September at midnight


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