Manager Communications

Royal Commission of Inquiry

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Duration: Fixed-term until 2023
  • Hours: Full-time
  • Location: Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington) 

About the role

Here is your opportunity to help lead our Communications team. You will work with a great team of dedicated people and other senior leaders aiming to make a difference for future generations of New Zealanders.

You will lead strategic communications advice and engagement on a diverse portfolio, operating in a fast-paced environment. It is paramount that you apply an approach informed by tikanga and te ao Māori.

You'll also demonstrate strong experience leading people, solving problems and creating opportunities as part of a great team. Your energy, proactive mindset and strong customer focus will help the Communications team successfully deliver on the organisation's outcomes. In this role, no two days are the same.

What you'll bring for success:

  • Significant expertise in internal (or similar), strategic communications and crisis and risk management, possibly in an inquiry setting
  • Technical expertise and proven experience in media and/or public relations and reaching diverse audiences through engagement strategies
  • Related tertiary or professional qualification in media studies, communications, or public relations
  • Leadership skills and strong judgement in dealing with complex and sensitive issues
  • Strong knowledge and experience of Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori in practice
  • Eligibility to work in New Zealand - this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment
  • Availability to travel throughout New Zealand

It is desirable that you have all or some of the following:

  • Confidence in cultural practices and disability inclusive approaches
  • Knowledge that is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • A demonstrated understanding of trauma informed approaches

Opportunities like this are few and far between - will you join us?

How to apply

Please submit your CV, application form, and a cover letter to

CLICK HERE for a copy of the application form.

Applications close 11.59pm Sunday, 16 May 2021.

For more information, or for assistance in applying, please contact

About us

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions is investigating the abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults who were in the care of state and faith-based institutions in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 and will make recommendations aimed at stopping this happening in the future.

We welcome enquiries from all people, including Māori, Pacific People, LGBTTIQA+ and disabled communities. Diversity is our legacy and our future and we value diversity in the workforce.

We're passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We approach our work respectfully, learn quickly, and improve constantly. We support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your life and your work.

We look for talented and unique people. Everyone is welcome - we are committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, diversity in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, religious or ethical beliefs, political opinion or union affiliation and perspective. We want all employees to have access to equal employment opportunities, and are committed to make our environment accessible, including facilities, information and IT. We want our employees to feel empowered to share their experiences and ideas, and where everyone, from any background, can do their best work and who are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work.

We welcome applications from disabled people, including people with mental, psychological, or social disabilities, and make reasonable accommodations.

For more information on the Royal Commission please see our website


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