Media Support Specialist

  • 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
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1511106
  • Job Title: Media Support Specialist
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  • Summary:
  • 12 months fixed-term
  • Wellington based

About us – Mō mātou

Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do. In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values:

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey

Our purpose is to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders.

We are committed to putting children first, we believe aroha is vital, we respect the mana of people, we are tika and pono, we value whakapapa and we recognise that oranga is a journey.

About the role – Mō te tūnga

We’re looking for a level-headed, experienced communications professional who puts storytelling at the heart of their work to join our Media team.

Our Media Support Specialists are storytellers; they form a team of mostly former journalists who’re based around the country. If you’re comfortable in complex and challenging environments, and enjoy being part of a team, then this could be the role for you.

Day to day you will do the following:

  • Create and build narratives to tell Oranga Tamariki stories through the media
  • Work with the organisation to find creative stories that help build confidence and understanding about the important work our organisation does
  • Through your story telling you will influence, inform and recognise accomplishments
  • Work collaboratively with external media and internal staff to generate high quality content
  • Build relationships with reporters, editors, journalists and other members of the media to become a trusted advisor and the go to for open direct and accurate information
  • Anticipate trends and stories and get ahead the news in order to ensure the community is well informed
  • Work across the business with other departments including Ministerial Services and the Office of the Chief Executive.

What you will bring – Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu

In order to succeed in this role you will have the following:

  • Previous experience working in newsrooms as a reporter or with reporters as a communications professional
  • Prior experience at creating content and have the ability to create content to support a reporter’s story or to provide to social media
  • Experience at handling crisis situations involving people, with empathy, where you have already mitigated risk.
  • Previously supported reporters to tell good stories well, going beyond accuracy, fairness and balance, to informative, interesting and engaging
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • A commitment to understanding te ao Māori.
  • The ability to work in a team environment and pitch in to get the job done

What’s in it for you – Nōu te rourou

We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow. We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of Tamariki and Rangatahi.

How to Apply – Me pēhea te tuku tono

Apply online with your CV and covering letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. If you have any questions about role, please contact

Applications close onSunday, 21 of February 2021.