Director – Covid-19

Ministry of Transport Te Manatū Waka

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

We have an 18-month fixed term opportunity for someone who is looking for a critical leadership role of a small and influential group. 

This leadership role is accountable for two teams Covid-19 Response and Covid-19 Policy & Delivery, and their Managers. Working closely with the wider government and transport sectors, responding to the ever-changing needs of Covid-19. 

About the Covid-19 Directorate 

The Covid-19 directorate is accountable for the Ministry’s Covid-19 readiness, response, policy and delivery. It is responsible for dealing with transport related Covid-19 related challenges to assist in the early identification of, and response to, emerging issues or concerns. It oversees Covid-19 activity through two teams: Covid-19 Response and Covid-19 Policy & Delivery. 

About the role

The Director Covid-19 is a inspiring role requiring you to develop and set the strategy for the often changing environment. You will be required to to assist in early identification and respond to emerging issues to achieve key outcomes, while working alongside and with key strategic stakeholders. Providing high quality impartial Covid-19 advice to Ministers, ensuring effective leadership of direct and indirect reports and working collaboratively with internal and external teams.

To be successful, you will understand risks, demonstrate political acumen and savviness to support robust decision-making (intelligence led decisions).  You will provide leadership on the development, interpretation and application of policy on ambiguous multi-sector issues with significant sensitivity and risk.  You will set and drive priorities. Working flexibly, you will be prepared to manage the demands and support the team through the challenges that this unique situation can bring.

The role also ensures we have structures in place to draw on the skills and capability of the wider Ministry for any surge of Covid-19 work. 

The Ministry of Transport is taking on a new direction - it’s not just about roads and rail. Transport affects every area of our society and we need to think in broad terms. You’ll be strategically considering how policies can shape the vital transportation system as a whole.

What you’ll bring 

You’ll bring proven senior policy leadership experience and the ability to influence and motivate others in a positive and constructive way, working effectively with other government agencies and with people from a wide range of different cultures and backgrounds.  You will use sound judgement to communicate and resolve issues effectively.

Along with your demonstrated organisational and planning abilities you will have excellent attention to detail and a commitment to quality. Confident in maintaining regular reporting on progress, performance, risks/issues, and planning, you'll have the ability to influence and lead change and process improvement to achieve measurable impact.

Your strong relationship building, and stakeholder management background will be critical to your success. You will bring the capability to support, engage and motivate a high-performing team to meet ambitious goals, having managed both directly and indirectly. 

What we offer

It is an exciting time to lead the Covid-19 directorate as we consolidate our role and take a lead in driving the policy and delivery of critical transport priorities. We’re a small, friendly agency, which allows for people to influence in their chosen fields. In our diverse and inclusive environment, our people grow their agile mindset, learn, evolve, and utilise their skills, while being empowered to make decisions. 

We offer everyone who works for us a supportive and flexible work environment, individual development plans, a range of health and wellbeing benefits and a welcoming employee network.

The salary range for this role is: $184,779 - $244,372.

Recruitment Process

Interested in finding out more? For a confidential discussion about the role call or email Zelda Coetzee, EA to DCE – System & Regulatory Design on +64 220467489, email

For more information contact Carissa Hay, Recruitment Adviser

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

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this role at the Ministry of Transport

Due to our proximity to Christmas we are wanting to provide clarity on Process timelines:

  • Interviews will be held between Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th December 

Please submit your application online including a cover letter and CV by Sunday 5th December.

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