20/067 Principal Communications Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Communications, media, & marketing
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 20-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: 150455
  • Job Title: 20/067 Principal Communications Advisor
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Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington 
Business Group: Communications 
Branch: Organisational Capability and Services 
Salary: $108,555 – $146,868

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Here s your opportunity to join an interesting, fast-paced, award-winning Communications team where no two days are the same. As a Principal Advisor to the General  Manager Communications and a senior member of the team supporting the work on a digital public service, you ll be a trusted advisor to leaders and instrumental in promoting the important work of the department. Working predominantly across DIA s digital portfolio, you will have the opportunity to advise executives and lead communications in support of significant digital initiatives with the potential to transform the economy. You ll work expertly across the organisation to lead, connect, inspire, identify and coordinate communications opportunities and complex projects. You will provide high-level thought leadership and excellent strategic insight to ensure Communications best supports DIA s outcomes and priorities. 

In order to be successful in this role, you will have:

  • At least 10 years experience in senior-level strategic communications including media, crisis and stakeholder engagement and speech writing
  • Experience liaising with Ministers offices, advising executives and building trusted relationships
  • The ability to focus on details while keeping sight of the bigger picture
  • A highly developed sense for a good story and an ear to the ground for potential opportunities
  • Sound judgement and be an effective influencer
  • The ability to roll your sleeves up, juggle several tasks at once and consistently deliver while maintaining a professional demeanour.

A familiarity with all-of-government digital work and an ability to talk technology would be an advantage.  

Working at the Department of Internal Affairs, you ll have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of New Zealanders. The Communications Group sits within Organisational Capability and Services Branch, a branch dedicated to supporting the rest of the Department to succeed by providing corporate services that help business groups and people within DIA to make the best contribution to New Zealand.

In return, we can offer you a collegial working environment, developmental opportunities and exposure to an exciting range of challenges. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access. If you would like a stimulating, rewarding career within a team that values people, their information and their stories, we would love to hear from you.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We recognise a diverse workforce contributes to better business outcomes. We are committed to creating a workplace where all employees have equal access.

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To learn more about the diverse, important mahi we do at Te Tari Taiwhenua and see why we’re a great place to work, click here.


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
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Applications close: 5pm, Friday 6 March 2020
For more information please contact: Kim Chambers (General Manager Communications) at Kim.Chambers@dia.govt.nz
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