Kaitohutohu Mātāmua / Principal Advisor - Māori Capability

Ministry for the Environment

  • Wellington

Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

  • Te ao Māori focus
  • Flexible working
  • Supportive environment

We have an exciting new opportunity supporting the wider People and Capability team to incorporate Matauranga Māori in the mahi we do here at the Ministry.  It is an exciting time to join us on this journey as we build our Te ao Māori capability and deliver Tangata Ora - Our People Strategy.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

The Principal Advisor / Kaitohutohu Mātāmua – Maori Capability is a key role in the People and Capability (P&C) Leadership team. You will work in close partnership with the P&C leadership team to provide advice and thought leadership to support MfE's strategic approach to people initiatives drawing on Te Ao Māori.

Working in collaboration with senior leaders and the wider P&C team you will develop and deliver group wide strategies, frameworks and systems that drive and enable people culture, engagement, capability and performance.

You'll support and influence the wider P&C team to drive our work programme and ensure that we are delivering on Tangata Ora - Our People Strategy and the required shifts we need to make.

You'll provide advice to P&C leadership team on ways to embed Te Ao Māori into our people practices. This will require recognising when we need to take immediate action and when to take a more deliberate and longer term view of practices, all within the current constraints of employment legislation and precedents.

As we build our Te Ao Māori capability, experience and expertise, the Principal Advisor will   provide coaching, mentoring and quality improvement advice across a ‘one MfE' P&C team.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

For this role you will bring an open mind set along with the ability to work simultaneously within modern people practices and a Te ao Māori approach.

You will have proven experience in leading through influence and providing strategic people advice along with a track history of delivering innovative and agile people solutions.

We are looking for your experience lifting the capability of others in appropriately Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori into people practice and your commitment to working in a way that enhances the mana of others, naturally building whanaungatanga and demonstrating manaaki.

We will value your strong interpersonal and relationship management capability and your experience working effectively at CE and Executive Leadership team level.

Mō mātou | About us 

The Ministry for the Environment purpose is - He taiao tōnui mō ngā reanga katoa - a flourishing environment for every generation.  

Benefits: 

  • a flexible by default approach to support your work-life balance
  • training to engage with Māori as our Treaty Partner which includes te reo me ona tikanga
  • active social club and employee networks, including a Māori staff network
  • a strong Professional Development programme.          

We continue to strengthen our Tiriti partnerships for the betterment of te Taiao and be confident and coordinated in our ongoing engagement with Māori.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Apply directly by completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter.  Note: your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key skills required for this role.    

Salary range for this role is $155,401 - $190,044.  Appointment within these ranges will be based on skills and experience. 

Please note: we may make contact with candidates prior to the advertisement closing.

If you require further information about the role please contact Laura Dixon, Director People and Capability via email on Laura.Dixon@mfe.govt.nz.

Applications close: Thursday 21 October 2021 – 5pm


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