Manager, Policy 2020/17 & 18

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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 12-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/2020/17/18
  • Job Title: Manager, Policy 2020/17 & 18
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Manager, Policy (2 permanent roles)
Permanent/ Full time *


He ngākau titikaha, he hononga tangata
Promoting a confident and connected culture

Manatū Taonga has two exciting permanent opportunities available


Manager, Policy 2020/18 leading the Arts & Media Policy team

Manager, Policy 2020/17 leading the Heritage Policy team

Would you like to work as part of a collaborative and energetic policy group in the arts, culture and heritage sector?  

We have a rare opportunity for two experienced policy leaders to join our Policy and Sector Performance Group management team, reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive, Policy and Sector Performance. These are Tier 3 leadership roles and the successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with the new Deputy Chief Executive to help shape the leadership for the Policy and Sector Performance Group.


Kōrero mō te tūranga | About the roles 

Manager, Policy (Arts & Media)
In this role you will lead the Ministry’s policy work with New Zealand’s exciting arts sector, which includes visual and performing arts such as music, literature, theatre and dance.  On the media side, you will develop policy in response to rapid shifts in the way films, TV, music, radio, print media and digital games are financed, produced, distributed and consumed.  This will include leading regulatory reform in the broadcasting sector.


Manager, Policy (Heritage)
In this role you will lead the Ministry’s heritage policy and legislation work programme, with an objective of protecting and providing access to New Zealand’s heritage buildings and places, memorials and national symbols, and heritage collections and taonga.


Both Manager, Policy roles will require building relationships and working closely with a range of Crown-funded cultural sector agencies such as the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air, Te Papa and Heritage New Zealand.  You will also be part of the Ministry’s wider Tier 3 leadership group, and will work across government on joint initiatives, engage with the cultural sector, and keep up to date with colleagues internationally to understand global trends.

A vibrant cultural sector is vital to New Zealander’s individual wellbeing, to thriving and connected communities and cities, and to our individual and shared sense of what it means to be a New Zealander.  Culture creates inspiration and has important social benefits, it makes a major contribution to economic growth and sustainable prosperity, and it connects with multiple other sectors and portfolios.  


Kōrero mōu | About you
To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience in leading policy development, and advising Ministers, Select Committees and senior officials
  • A commitment to strengthening Māori Crown relationships under Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Strong analytical ability and an inquiring mind

You will be experienced in:

  • leading and developing teams
  • working with iwi/Māori and Pacific communities to achieve shared cultural goals
  • creating and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships
  • commissioning and interpreting qualitative and quantitative research. 


Ko wai mātou | About us
Manatū Taonga is a relatively small ministry with a broad mandate, wide reach and a big heart. With around 150 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name. Our office is based in the historical Old Public Trust Building right in the heart of Wellington’s CBD.

Our work is diverse – we support many of New Zealand’s art, media, heritage and sports organisations; we also advise government on cultural matters and provide historical and heritage resources for everyone to access. We work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.

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Me pēhea te tono | How to apply
A detailed position description for this role is attached.  Please complete the application form and submit your CV and cover letter by clicking APPLY NOW

For enquiries about this position, please contact Debbie Moody, Senior Adviser People & Culture –  

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 01 March 2020 


*Te Mahi Hangore | Working Flexibly
Manatū Taonga embraces flexible working. We’re open minded about how you can be your best both inside and outside work so please tell us what working arrangements suit you.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

 If you are not a New Zealand citizen, you must hold current eligibility to work in New Zealand in order to work for Manatū Taonga. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.