Graduate Policy Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
  • Category: Policy
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 17-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: LINZ/14572031
  • Job Title: Graduate Policy Advisor
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  • Summary:

Land Information New Zealand is a diverse government agency that touches most New Zealanders. We do this by pursuing four outcomes: helping ensure geographic and property information contributes to better decision making; that New Zealanders continue to benefit from an up-to-date property rights system; that the Crown’s land is put to best use; and that overseas ownership of sensitive assets is in New Zealand’s best interests. 


It is an exciting time for future policy practitioners to join us here at LINZ. We have recently expanded our Policy team and have a Graduate Policy Advisor position available on a 12-month fixed term basis. You’ll be joining our committed, friendly & welcoming team as they collaborate to tackle several of our key Policy initiatives. The Graduate Policy Advisor role will give you an opportunity to further develop your understanding of cabinet, parliamentary and legislative processes in a professional setting. You’ll have the opportunity to support our friendly, professional and passionate Policy Advisors as they work on end-to-end policy projects. We work collaboratively across the Policy Group so we are looking for an individual who enjoys supporting and working alongside others to contribute to policy projects.  


Our Policy team has a real commitment to professional development. You’ll have the benefit of a personally designed development plan and your manager will work consistently with you on this to see you meet your career goals. We’re looking for someone who is comfortable thinking strategically and using their forward planning skills to assist the development of new, innovative ideas, as well as testing existing ideas around the way we work. you will have the opportunity to produce, and contribute to the production of, high quality policy advice that supports government priorities and the LINZ outcome areas.  You will also have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of policy projects and work collaboratively across central and local government on policy reforms.


Our ideal candidate will: 

  • Have an understanding of cabinet, parliamentary and legislative processes as well as the functions of central agencies and reporting requirements
  • Be confident working alongside Subject Matter Experts internally and externally
  • Show initiative, curiosity, flexibility and openness
  • Be able to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • Work collaboratively with other team members and stakeholders
  • Have an academic background that demonstrates your passion for policy and transferrable critical thinking skills


The policy team has close ties with our Crown Property and Geographic Information functions, so you’ll have a chance to build knowledge and understanding of these areas of work and finesse a broader scope of professional excellence. Our team doesn’t focus too heavily on “hierarchy,” we look to every member of our team to represent LINZ and we stive to see that all team members are given the opportunity to contribute their professional knowledge to provide responses to Ministerial correspondence, Parliamentary questions and contribute to Ministerial speech notes.


LINZ is one of the most engaged organisations in the public sector and people always say what a great place LINZ is to work. This is a fantastic role which will allow you to be involved in challenging and politically visible work that impacts positively on New Zealand’s future.


How to Apply 


Please click “Apply Online.” You’ll be taken through to our LINZ Careers Centre where you’ll be able to review further information about the responsibilities and accountabilities of this role in the Position Description. You’ll be able to complete your online application form and upload a copy of your CV/Cover Letter. Please keep in mind when including your CV to specifically highlight the capabilities and skills listed in the above ad and the position description.

As part of the application process for this question, you will be asked to complete a series of questions. We’re hoping these responses will tell us a little bit more about you and your experience, beyond just what’s on your CV! The responses you give as part of your application will form a component of our screening process, so please ensure you allow a sufficient period of time to complete the questions to a level you’re happy with. We’d estimate you’ll need 20-40minutes! 


Please note: This role is a staff/employee position, offered on a fixed term basis and integrated fully iwht the team and wider policy group. It is not being offered on an “hourly-rate” contract basis. 


Applications Close 29th March 2020


As an organisation LINZ embraces diversity, encourages work life balance and we have a flexible approach to the way we work which means you will quickly feel connected and valued.  We also have a variety of networking groups within LINZ so you will have the opportunity to engage across LINZ and develop professionally beneficial and diverse relationships with others.