Ministry of Social Development

  • Posted: 05 May 2021
  • Location: New Plymouth
  • Work Type: Fixed Term
  • Classification: Community Services & Development
Full Time, Fixed Term / Secondment to 30 June 2022
The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.

We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.

We have an opportunity for a strategic future thinker to join our regional leadership team as Regional Commissioner Advisor. Based in New Plymouth with coverage for the Taranaki, Whanganui and King Country Region you will provide support and advisory services across a broad range of areas to the Regional Commissioner, leadership team and wider public service to enable delivery on MSD’s strategic and operational priorities for the Taranaki, Whanganui and King Country Region.

The Ministry has a diverse portfolio of work and stakeholder groups. This role will support this work and you will help other members of the leadership team to maintain and enhance relationships with key stakeholders, align and deliver on cross-sector work programmes and initiatives, and ensure risks, trends and opportunities are identified, while staying ahead of economic and social imperatives and trends relative to regional development, labour markets and local government.

About you

You have strong analytical skills and a knack for identifying trends and opportunities. You thrive in a fast-moving agile environment and can gather information under pressure to provide sound, evidence-based advice. High levels of tenacity and resilience enable you to work through political, economic and social issues with ease. Equally you can deliver operational outputs and juggle competing demands. No two days are the same, so you need to be comfortable navigating constant change with a risk management and continuous improvement lens.

You are a self-starter, a confident communicator, situationally aware, proactive and responsive with the ability to quickly identify potential risks and issues, apply discretion to make quality judgements and adapt as the situation requires, and be expert in preparing project documentation and proposals.

We offer

Supportive, inclusive environment
Career development opportunities
Interesting and varied complex work
Starting salary $109,424 to $133,740 per annum from 10 June (in line with skills, experience and other factors)
A rewarding career serving New Zealanders each day.
How to Apply

Apply online with your CV. Please answer this question in the online application form.

Why are you a suitable candidate for this role? (200 to 300 words)
If you currently work for MSD please apply through your myHR careers portal at work using your employee login.

Applications close: 19 May 2021

Position Description:

For a further discussion about the role contact Susan Rocha (Executive Assistant to Regional Commissioner) on (06) 968 6615.

Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents. We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.