Executive Director – Border Executive Board

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Chief executives & general managers
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: 34577
  • Job Title: Executive Director – Border Executive Board
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Te Mana Ā Aotearoa | The Comptroller/Chief Executive of the New Zealand Customs Service, as the Chair of the newly-established Border Executive Board, is seeking to appoint an Executive Director, at a second tier level.  The Border Executive Board (BEB) is accountable for overseeing an interagency approach to the operation and management of the border system. 

New Zealand border agencies have a history of strong collaborative performance.  However never before have the different agencies operating at the border been required to work so closely together to address a common challenge that poses such an immediate threat to the lives of New Zealanders and our economy. Establishment of the Board provides a stronger point in the system for the Government to focus on the performance of a safe and smart border.  It also enables joint accountability of a group of Public Service Chief Executives to achieve seamless coordination to ensure the ongoing safety of the border, and to achieve system change.


Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

The Border Executive Board (BEB) reporting directly to the Minister for the COVID-19 Response, has joint accountability for:

  • ensuring there are no gaps in the end-to-end border processes to integrate health risk management, particularly for a robust COVID-19 response while preparing to reopen our borders;
  • ensuring any gaps or future risks from people, goods and craft arriving at the border will be addressed, where the risks are not already being managed by an existing agency;
  • strategic border system improvements, including developing a Border Sector Strategy, monitoring performance and user experiences across the system, advising on investment decisions for the border system, and delivering joint initiatives to build a safer and smarter border; and
  • managing the significant and pressing fiscal challenges that the sector is facing as a result of decreased revenues from cost-recovery activities through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board will be accountable to the Minister for COVID-19 Response for these matters, and for the performance of the border as a whole.  Collective responsibility is particularly important for planning and responses in areas where protection does not fall under the traditional remit of a specific border agency, as is the case with COVID-19.  Within this, individual agencies will continue to take responsibility for leading the management of particular risks – for example, Customs will continue to take the lead among border agencies on preventing drugs from entering the country, Immigration New Zealand (MBIE) for screening non-New Zealanders for visa and identity fraud and MPI will remain responsible for biosecurity risks.

Leading a small Secretariat, and on behalf of the Board, the Executive Director will develop and implement a work programme that enables the Board meet its accountabilities, including ensuring there are no gaps in the end-to-end border processes for incoming people, goods and craft.  In the COVID-19 context, this includes:

  • providing risk and assurance advice to ensure the system is working as expected including responding to the recommendations from the Venter review on the COVID-19 measures;
  • developing options for sustained and sustainable border health functions;
  • providing an operational perspective on settings that impact border operations e.g. safe travel zones;
  • continuing forward planning for resurgence scenarios in collaboration with the wider government response;
  • ensuring New Zealand’s border management model enhances trade and travel facilitation while maintaining safe border controls
  • assurance of a robust COVID-19 border response;
  • considering how agency roles and responsibilities enable the border as a whole to be well-placed to respond to future threats;
  • ensuring the Board takes a collective approach to advice on the design and investment of the border systems to make them safer and smarter, including developing a Border Sector Strategy, a joint work programme on opportunities for system improvement and advice to Cabinet on any proposals around joint investments under the control of the Board.


Ko wai koe | About you

As a Senior Leader in the public sector, this role reports to the Board Chair, and works closely with  Board members and the wider State Sector and external stakeholders.  The Executive Director will need to quickly build strong and effective working relationships and support collaboration between agencies to deliver Board objectives. 

To be successful in this role you’ll need to be able to demonstrate:

  • significant experience and success in a senior leadership role
  • an agile and effective relationship management approach including acting as the interface between the Public Service and Government
  • strength in translating organisational priorities into goals, strategies and plans to ensure achievement of results
  • proven success and experience in problem solving and risk management in complex and dynamic environments
  • sound knowledge of business management principles and policy theory, practice and trends in a government environment
  • significant experience in investment analysis and business case development
  • international cultural competence and a working knowledge and understanding of Māori culture, Tikanga and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • ability to obtain and maintain a *Top Secret level security clearance

(*) To obtain a Top Secret level clearance you’ll be vetted by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and must be able to provide 10 years of continuous checkable residency in New Zealand.


Me pehea te whakauru | How to apply

Please visit our website http://www.customs.govt.nz. to apply on line.

For further information see the position description outlining the duties and person specification or contact Lynne Allison, Team Leader Recruitment on email: lynne.allison@customs.govt.nz


Applications for this position close on Friday, 19th February at 5pm.