Director Rural Communities and Farming Support

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: General Manager/Executive
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 06-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1417519A
  • Job Title: Director Rural Communities and Farming Support
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About MPI

MPI provides policy and regulatory advice, market access and trade services, and manages major regulatory systems of biosecurity, food safety, forestry, fisheries management, and animal welfare. MPI also has strong relationships with other government agencies, primarily within the economic, border, and natural resources sectors. With the New Zealand economy set to grow, MPI’s important role in leading, regulating, and enabling the primary sectors will only increase.


Agriculture & Investment Services

We work with and for those on the land today and in the future. Supporting communities of farmers and growers to achieve their aspirations, and to meet the expectations of customers, government, and the public. And investing in tomorrow’s world, as partners to increase primary industries’ value and sustainability.

The Rural Communities and Farming Support Directorate purpose is to ensure our rural communities are prosperous, sustainable, and resilient.   The directorate works with and supports rural communities, farmers, growers, and the primary industries helping build resilience and readiness through changing times and challenging situations. 


About the role

The Director Rural Communities and Farming Support is accountable for the planning, performance and leadership of the Rural Communities and Farming Support Directorate. Building stronger connectivity and engagement with rural communities, farmers and primary industry stakeholders to enable MPI to deliver services supporting the economic, environmental and cultural and wellbeing needs of the rural communities.  


Within this role, your responsibilities would include:

  • Supporting rural community led initiatives and developments.
  • Leading MPI’s adverse event readiness, response and recovery management system.
  • Leading the implementation and delivery of the Farm Debt Mediation Scheme.
  • Contributing to the overall organisational leadership and management of MPI.
  • Providing leadership and management to all staff within the directorate.


Skills and Experience

To be success in the role you will have a strong track record of achievement and have a demonstrated ability to develop, motivate, and lead multi-disciplinary teams engaged in a variety of tasks across multiple locations.


Along with this we are also looking for:

  • Significant experience at the senior management level.
  • Demonstrated farm systems experience.
  • Proven experience managing remote teams.
  • Previous track record of successful strategic leadership and management, with high level strategic capability and ability to maintain a clear focus on long term goals.
  • Thorough knowledge of strategic and business planning processes.
  • Thorough knowledge of relevant New Zealand legislative, legal and Government policy/practices law and its operation and administration.
  • Experience in technical decision making. Demonstrated experience in making business decisions with financial impacts.
  • Understanding of how land based primary production, processing, marketing, servicing sectors and local government operate.
  • Proven financial management skills including understanding of government’s financial management process.


This is a really exciting time to be part of the AIS team, roles like this don’t come around often!  Join us on our journey!



How to Apply:

To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.


To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand or via Skype.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Michelle Pearson email


Applications close 13 November 2019


The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.