22/004 Private Secretary, Community & Voluntary Sector

Department of Internal Affairs

  • Full Time
  • Wellington

Type: Secondment
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: Ministerial, Monitoring and Capability
Branch: Regulation and Policy

Salary: $100,000 - $150,000

Private Secretary opportunity – Community and Voluntary Sector

An exciting opportunity is available for a secondment with the Department of Internal Affairs as Private Secretary for the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector (CVS).

What does the CVS Private Secretary do? 

This position offers a chance to be at the heart of the action, working directly with Ministers and other senior leaders.  

Private Secretaries work directly in Ministers’ offices, and are critical in ensuring effective communication between the Minister and the Department. Private Secretaries help to ensure that Ministers can focus on important decisions and relationships, and they support the Department with insights and feedback on Ministerial priorities and issues. They are often the first point of contact for stakeholders. 

The busy Community and Voluntary Sector portfolio serves New Zealand in multiple ways. Current work in the portfolio includes the high-profile project to modernise the Charities Act, and the administration of grants, trusts and fellowships totalling around $300 million a year. The CVS portfolio also serves as a conduit for community organisations, enabling them to convey their needs and aspirations to government. 

What sort of person are we looking for?

We are looking for somebody with strong relationship management, communication and organisational skills, a keen eye for detail, and the ability to manage and exercise good judgement in a fast-paced environment. 

You will be able to operate confidently on the Parliamentary Precinct, while always ensuring that you and the Department are providing the best possible, politically neutral advice to the Minister. 

We are looking for candidates with depth of experience in the public service. The ideal candidate is likely to be mid-career, at Manager or Senior/Principal Advisor level. 

More details are available in the full job description.

How to apply

We are aiming to place the successful candidate in early 2022. The secondment would be for at least six months initially, with the potential to extend, subject to agreement with the Minister and your home agency. If you are interested, please discuss this with your manager before submitting an Expression of Interest.  

Please tell us why you are interested in this secondment opportunity, and summarise the skills and experience you can bring to the role. Please also include an up to date CV that you would be happy to share with the Minister’s office if you are short-listed for the role.

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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

Internal Affairs has a vaccination policy and employment with the Department is conditional on being fully vaccinated for Covid-19, holding and maintaining a valid My Vaccine Pass.  Consideration will be given to whether medical or other genuine exemptions can be accommodated in individual cases.  

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 28 January 2022

For more information please contact: Stacey Hayward at stacey.hayward@dia.govt.nz. Stacey is happy to discuss any questions you may have about the role.

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