Policy Advisers /Senior Policy Advisers (multiple opportunities)

Ministry for Culture & Heritage

  • Wellington

Vacancy 2021/ 71+ 

Pou Tohu Matua Kaupapa Here | Senior Policy Adviser 
Pou Tohu Matua Kaupapa Here | Policy Adviser 
Te Aka | Policy and Sector Performance Group
Permanent / Fixed Term/ Fulltime or Part time /Secondment * 

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

We are seeking Senior and Policy Advisers for our Arts Policy team, and two fixed term/secondment opportunities (backfilling for parental leave) Senior Advisers for our Media Policy team.  Reporting to a Tier 3 Policy Manager, these roles will support the Ministry’s policy work for the arts sector.

This is your opportunity to join a growing Te Manatū Taonga and support the delivery of the recent significant investment that has been made for the arts, culture, heritage and media sectors.

With an ambitious and high-profile work programme ahead, we are building our capacity across all levels.  This includes responding to the effects of COVID-19 on our sectors which is focused on recovery, regeneration and revitalisation. This covers a wide range of policy areas, including visual and performing arts, media and broadcasting reform, heritage buildings and places, memorials and national symbols, and heritage collections and taonga. These roles are based in our historical building on Lambton Quay in the heart of the CBD.

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

*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

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the roles  
It’s an exciting time to join the Arts and Media Policy teams.  In these roles you will draw on your knowledge and experience of public policy processes to advise Ministers on arts, culture and media policy issues.  The Government has made a significant investment in the arts and cultural sector in response to COVID-19.  We play a key role in shaping this funding to continue to ensure the sector is supported to survive, adapt and thrive.  

Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the teams

Te Toi | Arts Policy  
The Arts team is shaping our future work programme.  There will be significant opportunities to lead and contribute to work on policy issues that require careful balancing of economic, cultural and social outcomes.  Our work spans the range of policy levers, including regulatory, funding and system-level policy and offers plenty of room and support for development and growth.  We work collaboratively across other agencies and with a wide range of stakeholders, and we have some fun while we do it.

Te Pāpāho | Media Policy
A key priority for the Media team is supporting the Government to assess the viability of establishing of a new single public media entity.  The team 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.  

Mōu anō | About you

We are looking for enthusiastic team players who can think strategically, work through ambiguity and manage relationships.  In return we offer an inclusive Ministry, with a flat structure and varied work that provides ample opportunities for growth. 

Ideally you will have:

  • Relevant experience providing policy analysis and advice in the public sector
  • well-developed analytical and research skills.
  • Some experience advancing Maori perspectives in policy
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective relationship management skills
  • An ability to provide quality advice under tight timeframes
  • A desire to be work as part of a team and develop your skills

In addition, a senior policy adviser will have:  

  • A track record of leading and delivering on complex pieces of analysis and advice
  • Excellent judgement and experience engaging with Ministers and senior leaders
  • Leadership skills, with a desire to coach and develop advisers and contribute to building a successful team.

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 https://mch.govt.nz/about-ministry/jobs-and-careers

Me pēhea te tono |How to apply 

For the positions descriptions and to apply, click on the APPLY button to complete the application form and submit your CV and cover letter that includes which role you would like to be considered for, if you have a preference. 

We are looking for the successful applicants to start as soon as possible. We are open to exploring part-time, secondment or fixed term employment opportunities for these roles. 

For enquiries about this position contact Mata Moke, Executive Assistant. Mata.Moke@mch.govt.nz

Salary Ranges

Policy Adviser $74,025 – $87,088

Senior Policy Adviser $88,000 - $110,000
(successful candidates will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience):

Applications close 5pm on Wednesday 22 September 2021 

Āheinga | Eligibility

If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga at time of applying. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.

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