21/443 Press Secretary (Level 2)

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Full Time
  • Wellington

Type: Events Based
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington City
Business Group: Ministerial Services and Secretariat Support
Branch: Information and Knowledge Services
Salary: $93,166 - $126,047

Do you have a background in journalism or communications?

  • Be part of a Government that is putting New Zealanders first 
  • Fast paced and ever-changing environment 

Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti, Minister for Children, Minister of Corrections and Associate Minister of Education (Māori Education) is seeking a Press Secretary to join his team. 

This role is crucial in supporting the Minister with the development and promotion of key strategies and gives the unique opportunity to be at the heart of communicating the policies and initiatives of today's government to the New Zealand public. 

The ideal candidate will have a significant background in media, communications and/or public relations combined with a strong understanding of issues and initiatives of importance to the Minister and his portfolio areas. Supporting the wider team is also crucial to ensure communications are clear, informative and timely. Knowledge of Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori is desirable.

The role of Press Secretary requires you to move seamlessly through a range of complex material, where an eye for detail and the ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences, through a variety of channels is critical to success. The nature of this position requires a person to both anticipate a story before it happens as well as to create the narrative. 

With a highly attuned awareness of both the media and the political landscape, you will be confident in writing speeches and press releases with a critical eye for risk. 

Social media skills are also highly desirable, with a savvy understanding of this area a benefit. 

You will be comfortable and confident interacting in a collegial way with members of the Minister’s team, as well as a number of key internal and external stakeholders.

It is a necessary requirement of this role to hold a National Security Clearance. There are certain criteria that must be met in this regard. 

If you are ready for a fast-paced, exciting and challenging role, where no two days are the same, show us you have the vision, drive, and level of skills we are looking for and apply for a role with us today.

To learn more about the diverse, important mahi we do at Te Tari Taiwhenua and see why we're a great place to work, click here.

We work to make New Zealand better for New Zealanders through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need 
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving 
  • People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand 
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

Applications close: 5pm, Saturday 16 October 2021

For more information please contact: Tom Fraser, Portfolio Manager, Tom.Fraser@dia.govt.nz, 027 275 8257

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