Kaitohutohu me Kaitohutohu Matua/Advisor and Senior Advisor - Ministerial Services

Ministry for the Environment

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Join our new Ministerial Centre of Excellence team
  • Supportive and inclusive environment
  • Flexible working

An opportunity to share your OIA and advisory expertise and join an amazing team! 

Mō tēnei tūrangi mahi | About the roles 


We are looking for an experienced Advisor who is genuinely interested in all things government and issuing advice to support those processes.  

Key accountabilities include:  

  • providing advice to the business for responding to Official Information Act requests
  • providing advice and guidance on ministerial items and government processes
  • facilitating the development of high quality and timely written work
  • coordinating and reviewing the Ministry's proactive release programme and products.

Senior Advisor 

We are looking for an experienced, forward thinking Senior Advisor to provide proactive and strategic ministerial advice across the Ministry. 

There will be lots of opportunities for you to scope and lead key projects, as we strive to improve the service we provide.  A key focus of the role will be to identify and drive opportunities for improvement and build capability within the team. 

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience 

Our ideal candidates will bring: 

  • sound working knowledge of the Official Information Act and Cabinet Office Guidance
  • excellent understanding of the Machinery of Government and the policy making process
  • a high level of public sector and political savvy
  • ability to deliver quality work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • experience leading projects with a focus on continuous improvement
  • great relationship management skills, with the ability to engage and influence at all levels
  • strong written and oral communication skills
  • commitment to developing your cultural capability and capacity in te ao Māori.

Mō mātou | About us 

The Ministry's purpose - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation.  

We offer: 

  • 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
  • training to competently and effectively engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner, this includes te reo me ona tikanga Māori courses
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • opportunities for development and education.          

A key priority for the Ministry is Te Ao Māori. This means we work with our Treaty partner to advance Māori priorities for the environment and for environmental success. We will be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori and lead the natural resources system in engaging for success with tangata whenua. We will grow our capability and capacity to accurately reflect Māori views in our work. 

An organisational priority is that we accurately reflect Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Maori into our everyday work, by living our Te Ao Hurihuri Strategy through capability and capacity building. 

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. 

Tono ināianei | Apply now 

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  In your cover letter, please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role. 

If you require further information about this position, please contact Edward Firth at edward.firth@mfe.govt.nz 

Salary ranges (effective 1 July 2021): 

Advisor: $73,280 to $89,565 pa

Senior Advisor: $101,802 to $124,424 pa. Appointment within these ranges will be based on skills and experience. 

Rā Katinga | Applications close: Wednesday, 21 April 2021

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