Kaitohu Mātāmua - Principal Business Partner

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Kaitohu Mātāmua - Principal Business Partner, Communications Accounts

Permanent, full-time role


Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

The communications team is critical to the Ministry. We lead communications and engagement around important changes to New Zealand education. We lead all engagement with the media, and manage all the Ministry's internal and external communications channels, publications, branding and communications design. This is an exciting, fast paced and dynamic working environment and we have a great team focused on putting ākonga/students at the centre of all we do. 

About this role

This role of Kaitohu Mātāmua - Principal Business Partner, Communications Accounts provides account management, integrated communications services and trusted expertise to business groups, supporting them to provide excellent and equitable outcomes to New Zealanders. 

Our work is exciting, interesting, and worthwhile.  Key accountabilities of the position include:

  • Acting as a trusted advisor, business partner and influencer to business group leaders to ensure communication strategies are effective and risks and opportunities are well managed.
  • Providing professional leadership within the Communications Accounts team and contributing to the capability development, engagement and performance of people within the team to deliver on the work programme.
  • Providing strategic communications and media advice on current and emerging communications issues to the leadership teams and managers within your portfolios.
  • Working closely with peers within the Communications team, Ministers' offices and the CE's office to identify reputation-critical communications risks and opportunities, and develop strategic communications advice, plans and tactical responses as required.
  • Ensuring media responses are timely and coordinated across the business. This may include some out of hours work, which would be negotiated and agreed.
  • Working in partnership with Māori to incorporate Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership principles into Ministry communications, strategies and channels. 
  • Supporting innovation and continuous improvement across the team.

About you

We are looking for a Principal Business Partner with significant communications experience and skills, including working with media. 

You will be able to work positively and collaboratively across the Ministry and with the Communications group. You will bring a knowledgeable, calm, positive, proactive and innovative approach to communications and stakeholder engagement. 

You will also offer:

  • experience working in a communications role in a large and complex organisation
  • experience in a range of communications roles
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information in the position description attached. If this role sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.

For further information, please contact Matt Huntington at matt.huntington@education.govt.nz or +64 4 4638848. 

Applications close 25 January 2021.


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