Deputy Chief Censor

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Lead the day to day operations of the classifications team
  • Complex, challenging and strategic work programme
  • Use your exceptional relationship management and critical thinking skills 

On behalf of the Minister of Internal Affairs, we are seeking to appoint a Deputy Chief Censor (which is a 3-year fixed term appointment).  The Deputy Chief Censor works alongside the Chief Censor to lead the Classification Office, an independent Crown entity established under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.  The Classification Office has two primary functions; firstly to classify publications such as films, books or computer files which may need to be restricted or banned, and secondly to provide information about classification decisions and the classification system as a whole.

The Deputy Chief Censor leads the operational activities of the classification team, including engagement politically and with content providers.  You will manage the workflow of the classification of publications and the application of fees as well as having operational oversight, along with the Chief Censor, of the pending self-rating framework for Commercial Video on-Demand.  You will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships across a wide variety of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors and work closely with the Department of Internal Affairs, which has responsibility for classification policy as well as the monitoring of the Office.

As the successful candidate you will be an experienced senior leader with superb communication and collaboration skills.  You will be comfortable working both strategically and operationally as part of a small team.  You are known for your quick intellect and for thriving on ambiguity and complexity.  Specific censorship/classification experience is not required, but candidates will need to demonstrate analytical, structured and highly critical thinking skills.  Classification is being impacted significantly by new technology, so familiarity with online and social media environments would be advantageous.  Personal resilience is critical with these roles as they will involve viewing sensitive and at times violent, and or explicit, challenging real life material.

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Applications close Friday 12 March.       


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