Pou Tohu Mātāmua | Principal Adviser Policy

Ministry for Culture & Heritage

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Vacancy 2021/ 70
Pou Tohu Mātāmua | Principal Adviser Policy 
Te Aka | Policy and Sector Performance Group
Permanent / Fulltime *

He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata
Promoting a confident and connected culture 

This is your opportunity to join a growing Te Manatū Taonga and support delivery of the significant recent investment that has been made in the arts, culture, heritage and broadcasting sectors. We have a principal adviser vacancy within our media policy team based in our historical building on Lambton Quay in the heart of the CBD. 

With our exciting new work programme, we are building our capacity across all levels.  Along with responding to the impacts of COVID-19 this role will support the Ministry’s media policy work programme, which is focussed on ensuring there is a modern, dynamic public and private media sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Te Pāpāho | Media Policy 
A healthy media sector is a central component of an open, participative democracy. It holds government to account and has a vital role in supporting wider economic activity. The media sector makes a strong contribution to wellbeing outcomes, particularly cultural identity, civics and governance. 

A key priority of this Government includes assessing the viability of establishing of a new single public media entity.  The Ministry is also supporting a review of the way content is regulated, including assessing options for machinery of government changes, and undertaking work to assess the impact of digital intermediaries on the sustainability of the media sector in New Zealand.  This work programme includes many facets of policy development, including delivering advice to Ministers, developing budget bids, and supporting legislation through the House.  

Te Aka | Policy and Sector Performance Group
Te Aka works closely with Ministers and key decision makers to support our cultural sectors and the entities that comprise them to thrive.  We take a deliberate development focus and provide opportunities for you to be exposed to a wide range of work.

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the role

As an experienced Principal Adviser, you’ll bring a solid background in strategic and thought leadership, and with deep machinery of government experience to support our expanding media and broadcasting policy function.   

Reporting to the Manager Policy, you will lead projects and provide high quality advice on key media and broadcasting sector reforms. The role is highly collaborative, and you will need the confidence and proven ability to drive complex work forward while developing and managing relationships at all levels across government and the wider cultural and media sectors.  You will enjoy coaching and mentoring staff, to support them to develop their skill in the policy environment. 

You will deliver smart solutions to complex problems, including strengthening New Zealand’s broader media ecosystem. We are looking for a politically savvy, enthusiastic team player to join an inclusive Ministry, with a clear focus on supporting a diverse and vibrant arts, media and heritage sectors. 

Kōrero mōu | About you

You will need to demonstrate:

  • Strategic leadership in shaping and delivering policy advice in the public sector
  • Effective stakeholder relationship management with other government agencies, iwi/ Māori, cultural and media sector agencies, other key stakeholders and the public
  • Analytical capability and policy practice 
  • Ability to collaborate with relevant government agencies, senior leaders and ministers 

Please carefully consider the position description for more details. 

Ko wai mātou | About us 

Manatū Taonga has a broad mandate and wide reach across a complex system. With around 160 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure. We embrace diversity and inclusiveness, are passionate about our mahi, and welcome experiences from different sectors to strengthen and support the pou of our whare. 

We work in a sector that contributes $11 billion to New Zealand’s GDP over 90,000 jobs, ranging from screen production to symphonies, broadcasting to ballet, kapa haka to heritage, and more. Our mahi helps the government promote our unique cultural identity and Aotearoatanga – from policy to programme delivery. With our partners – Māori, public sector agencies and our funded agencies – we connect local communities to cultural experiences to enrich our mātauranga. Our sector funds and tells stories reflecting who New Zealanders are today, helping us to navigate our future – building an inclusive and cohesive nation we want our tamariki to grow up in and call home.

Want to know more about us go to our careers page

*Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly

Manatū Taonga embraces flexible working. We’re open minded about how you can be your best both inside and outside work so please tell us what working arrangements suit you. 

Me pēhea te tono | How to apply 

For the position description and to apply for this role please click ‘Apply Now’ 

Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description.  

We are looking for the successful applicant to start as soon as possible and you need to be living in New Zealand at the time of applying.  

For enquiries about this position contact Michelle Borowicz, Executive Assistant.   Michelle.Borowicz@mch.govt.nz 

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 19 September 2021 

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must have the legal right to work in New Zealand at time of submission of application. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information. 

Āheinga | Eligibility
If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand and for Manatū Taonga in order to work for us. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.

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