Policy Advisers – Placemaking & Urban Development

Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to work on transport policy. Major changes will be needed to set transport on a path towards decarbonisation, while achieving a range of other social and economic outcomes.

If you’re looking to broaden your policy experience in a supportive environment, then Te Manatū Waka – Ministry of Transport is the place for you. These roles provide a lot of scope to be creative in how we tackle important transport challenges.

We pride ourselves on maintaining a work culture that is inclusive, collaborative, bold and invested. Our waterfront offices further enhance the Ministry’s working environment. We are flexible by default and can offer a range of work arrangements that support a healthy work/life balance.

About the Placemaking & Urban Development Team 

The Placemaking and Urban Development (P&UD) team works across the transport system to advise the Government on how transport choice can enable well-functioning towns, cities and regions, and support great places and communities.

The team plays a crucial role in delivering the Government’s ambitions for cities. This involves integrating transport policy on matters such as inclusive access, emissions and investment, with priorities for land use, urban growth, resource management and placemaking.

Alongside the policy development, the team have an equal interest in implementation and delivery, whether that be ensuring that projects and programmes that they have responsibility for are being properly implemented or that the outcomes being sought are delivered. 

The team have a work programme with various opportunities including:

  • optimising mode shift opportunities through urban form to support growth, reduce emissions and improve access to social and economic opportunities
  • ensuring transport investments positively influence the future growth, spatial form and economic function of cities and corridors 
  • helping shape the strategy of transport infrastructure planning in our cities.

It’s a great time to join this growing team, with opportunities to be engaged in a range of activities including policy development, research, spatial planning and complex transport priorities and projects with a focus on housing and urban development. You’ll be joining a great team of high-paced, motivated, professional and friendly people.

Being a Policy Adviser

As a Policy Adviser you will be able to turn your hand to a range of different issues and tasks. This includes responding professionally and comprehensively to requests from the public and the Minister. Ideally, you will already have some experience providing professional advice in a government, legal, consulting or industry setting.

The Ministry is working to build the capability it needs to be a good partner to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to enable Māori to flourish. We recognise and value te reo and tīkanga Māori in the workplace and value candidates who bring an understanding of te ao Māori.

We welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds.

The salary step range is: $60,000 - $92,000. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

What we are looking for

We are looking for a self-starter with a great attitude, who will be comfortable working with internal and external stakeholders as many of our projects require collaboration, consultation and engagement. You will be a keen learner, someone who delivers exceptional outcomes, and demonstrates a great attitude and genuine desire to grow. 

As a Policy Adviser you will have some experience providing professional advice in a government, legal, consulting or industry setting. Irrespective of your background, you will be regarded as a keen learner, someone who delivers exceptional outcomes, and demonstrates a great attitude and genuine desire to grow.

Our ideal candidate will have an inquiring mind and be able to see the big picture, while finding pragmatic solutions to transport policy problems. You will have strong analytical skills and be confident engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders.

What we offer

As a member of the P&UD team, you’ll gain exposure across the whole sector, given the relevance of land use, placemaking and resource management to meeting a range of transport outcomes, from health, the economy, and the environment. 

The Ministry places a strong emphasis on professional development, and you’ll receive plenty of support to take ownership of your role. You will get the opportunity to work on challenging and high-profile issues across the transport system. 

Interested in discovering more? For specific queries or a confidential discussion about the role with Angela Parker, Acting Manager - Placemaking & Urban Development, please call 027 616 7744

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for these roles at the Ministry of Transport. Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter before Sunday 17th October 2021. 



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