Senior Adviser – Recreational Safety and Search and Rescue Review

Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

We are looking for a Senior Adviser ready to take the next step in their career. You will get to play a pivotal role in the Recreational Safety and Search and Rescue Review. 

The role will provide you with an exciting opportunity to broaden your systems thinking and policy experience, deliver strategic advice, and build great relationships with a broad range of government agencies, non-government organisations, charities, and the volunteer sector. 

About the Role

Working with the Director Recreational Safety and Search and Rescue, you will make a meaningful contribution to the overall functioning of New Zealand’s recreational safety and search and rescue systems, and recommend suggestions for improvement and an implementation plan to the Minister of Transport and other relevant Ministers. The role will involve engaging, communicating, and working closely with the wide range of system participants, which includes a mix of government agencies, charitable non-governmental agencies, commercial interests, and other relevant stakeholders.  

You will gain experience working with an Advisory Group which will be stood up to support the Review. You’ll be involved in producing an effective implementation plan which will propose clear outcomes and measures for the recreational safety and search and rescue system to ensure the system can meet community and national needs and responsibilities now and for the future.

What you will bring

You will join us from a background where you’ve gained solid experience in leading and steering projects, problem-solving, and assessing options. You’ll be someone who can take all the information on an issue, analyse its facets, and decide on a direction. You will have excellent communication skills, be able to prepare briefings, reports, and presentations for a range of audiences. You will have a great head for numbers, undertaking financial analysis with ease. You will be comfortable working independently and building relationships across a wide range of organisations. 

This is a permanent role, reporting to the Director Recreational Safety and Search and Rescue Review. The Review has a two-year time horizon and following the completion of the Review, the Ministry will commit to providing you with role of equivalent status or responsibility.

Secondments, and fixed term appointments will also be considered.

The salary step range is: $99,483 - $130,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

About the Ministry of Transport  

Te Manatū Waka, Ministry of Transport is the Government’s lead adviser on transport policy. Our purpose is to enable New Zealanders to flourish, reflecting transport’s role in shaping our society, economy and environment. While independent from the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry hosts the Search and Rescue (SAR) Secretariat providing a national forum for all New Zealand search and rescue stakeholders including voluntary groups. 

If this sounds like the role for you, we encourage you to find out more by visiting our website and or download the position description from our careers website.

We pride ourselves on being a small, friendly agency, working in a fast-paced environment on significant programmes of work. We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment.

Download the position description or visit our website to find out more about us OR for a confidential discussion about the role with Bev Driscoll, Director - Recreational Safety & Search and Rescue System please email Danielle O’Brien, Recruitment Adviser -

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pasifika and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the transport system, recreational safety and search and rescue.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for these roles at the Ministry of Transport.

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Sunday 26th September 2021.

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