Manager Information Sharing and Privacy

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Other
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 26-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: 34573
  • Job Title: Manager Information Sharing and Privacy
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  • Summary:

Our ability to collect, store, use and share information nationally and internationally – in accordance with privacy best practice – is central to how Customs protects and promotes New Zealand across borders.  We are looking for an exceptional leader to help us protect and promote New Zealand by ensuring that Customs remains at the frontier of information sharing and privacy practice.

Based in Wellington, this position will lead and grow a new team to lead the development of Customs’ policy for information sharing, lead the development of domestic information sharing agreements, and set the internal authorising environment to ensure Customs is a leader in meeting the requirements of the Privacy Act 2020.

The role reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Policy Legal & Strategy.

Through the Information Sharing and Privacy team, this role will:

  • Lead the development of a strategic information sharing policy framework for Customs
  • Within the context of the strategic policy framework, work within Customs and with public and private sector agencies to address immediate information sharing issues and challenges as they arise
  • Prepare, update and keep updated the required national information sharing instruments
  • lead and improve Customs privacy maturity and practices, and to promote and enhance Customs’ management of personal information
  • lead, develop, implement and promote Customs’ policies, procedures and practices in respect to personal information so that Customs is a leader in meeting the objectives of the Privacy Act 2020
  • lead all investigations pertaining to reported privacy incidents or complaints and adherence to the NZ Customs’ policies and procedures covering the privacy of, and access to, information.

In light of the challenges at the border, there is a very strong emphasis of working across agencies and sectors to support the greatest possible use of information, while meeting the expectations of the Privacy Act.

As this role involves building a new team and function within Customs, we are looking for a leader who has:

  • Excellent people leadership skills
  • Excellent problem solving and decision-making capability
  • A strong understanding of the Privacy Act 2020, privacy principles and the possibilities of delivering better outcomes through the use of information across agencies.  People with a strong legal background are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the conventions, structure and functions of Government, especially in the privacy space.

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To join Customs in any role you must be a New Zealand citizen or NZ permanent resident* and be able to obtain and retain Secret security clearance.

(*) A New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident who has resided continuously in New Zealand for the last 5 years and resides in NZ at time of application;

OR a New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident who has resided in New Zealand for the last 5 years and resides in NZ at time of application, but may have been absent from New Zealand for periods of six or more months within the past five years, preferably in one or more of the following countries: either Australia, Canada, UK or the USA. You will be required to provide overseas police certificates for these periods spent outside of New Zealand.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.  We provide equal employment opportunities, consider flexible working arrangements and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role.

Please visit our website apply on line submitting a CV and Cover Letter that demonstrates your ability to meet the competencies required for the role as outlined in the position description along with what attracts you to this position and working within the New Zealand Customs Service.

For further information see the full position description outlining the duties and person specifications or contact Michael Papesch, DCE Policy Legal and Strategy at

Applications close at 11pm, Friday 12 February 2021