Tourism and Economic Development Policy Manager

Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Are you an experienced strategic policy leader with a passion for conservation?
  • Do you feel inspired by and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives?
  • Full-time perm opportunity based at our Wellington national office

Toitū te marae a Tāne-mahuta, Toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) has a significant and renewed policy work programme to ensure its' vision for Aotearoa to be the greatest living space on Earth. It is responsible for some of the most important issues facing New Zealand: how to look after our unique environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. It grapples with issues as diverse as maintaining biodiversity to providing for the increasing number of tourists coming to visit our beautiful places. 

Mō te tūnga | About the role

We are looking for an inspiring and influential policy manager to join our expanding Policy Unit to lead our Tourism and Economic Development Policy Team.

The Policy Unit leads DOC's work across all areas of policy that stand to impact on conservation. This includes general conservation policy (i.e., in respect of biodiversity and the management of public conservation lands and waters), RMA reform, policy in respect of New Zealand's science system, climate change, the marine and freshwater domains, economic development and wider sector policy (e.g. forestry, mining), and the tourism system. We are at the front line of DOC's relationship with Ministers and other agencies and at the forefront of thinking on its big challenges. 

The role of the Tourism and Economic Development team is to advise and provide strategic direction on the outcomes DOC is seeking through the management of visitors and use of public conservation land and waters. As a major draw card for visitors, public conservation land is at the centre of managing the risks and opportunities from international tourism. It is critical to the identity, health and economic wellbeing of local communities, and of particular significance to tangata whenua. A key policy challenge is how to enable important wellbeing outcomes associated with the use of public conservation lands whilst protecting our unique places and the species they contain. 

Your role will be both to lead and inspire a team to navigate a wide-ranging and complex policy work programme and to form part of a cooperative leadership team shaping the direction of the Policy Unit overall. Building influential networks, both in and outside of DOC, will be critical to your role, as will assisting the members of your team to do the same.  

You will need to be able to coach and develop team members to sharpen their policy thinking and understand and balance the demands of being a public servant. The quality of your team's advice, particularly to Ministers, will be critical to its success. 

Mōu | About you

You'll demonstrate experience providing strategic leadership in a policy (or related) role, combined with successful experience delivering through others and leading a high-performing team. Bringing strong stakeholder relationship skills, you'll have proven experience in building influential networks, both internal and external, along with confidence and credibility to work with Ministers and senior officials across government. Strong cultural awareness, including an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Māori, and the ability to work for and with tangata whenua - iwi, hapū and whanau – will round off your profile.

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Feeling motivated by this opportunity and aligned to our Kaupapa? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) online that describes your interest and that highlights your relevant skills, experience, and personal qualities essential to this role.

Applications close 5 pm on Monday 27 September 2021.

If you have enquiries about the role, please contact hiring manager Kayla Kingdon-Bebb via kkingdonbebb@doc.govt.nzquoting vacancy 800/24000.

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.



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