Policy Manager

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Managers
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: 3587
  • Job Title: Policy Manager
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Supporting Thriving Whānau

Policy Manager – Policy Partnerships Puni

Te Puni Kōkiri


Are you a talented and dedicated policy leader looking for a new opportunity?

We are looking for a Policy Manager who is:

  • curious, honest, and courageous
  • self-aware and agile
  • experienced in leading, managing, and implementing key areas of policy development
  • comfortable applying Te Ao Māori experiences, Māori development and Māori policy frameworks
  • effective working with key stakeholders and Ministers
  • set apart by their ability to lead and inspire others.


About our Policy Partnerships Te Puni

Te Puni Kōkiri is the Principal Policy Advisor to the Government on Māori wellbeing and development and we have an important contribution to make to impact Māori wellbeing outcomes. To do this, we must exert leadership and influence on the public sector system to enable and support the Government to deliver positive wellbeing outcomes for Maori.


The Policy Partnerships Puni has the following core value propositions:

  • leading across the public sector to understand and prioritise Māori issues, needs and opportunities impacting on wellbeing and development
  • providing credible, evidence-based advice that is anchored in the cultural context of Māori
  • designing, applying and advising on Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti-based frameworks for policy
  • linking the voice of Māori whānau into policy proposals and solution design.


About the role

As a member of the Policy Partnerships Puni leadership team, you will collectively lead the development and implementation of Te Puni Kōkiri’s strategic plan. You will contribute insight and thought leadership to the Te Puni Kōkiri decision making processes and promote collective accountability and actions for decisions made. You will communicate the shared view of our strategic direction both to team members and our stakeholders.


In this role, you will lead and inspire your team with a focus on providing operational policy and service design support on policy projects ensuring effective end-to-end design and implementation. You will support the team’s aim to be a centre of excellence, within Te Puni Kōkiri and wider Government, for designing and implementing policies in ways that acknowledge and promote Te Ao Māori. You will be a role model, mentor and advisor to your team and others to build capability within the organisation.

You will lead strategic planning, ensuring that policy mahi aligns and supports the future direction of Te Puni Kokiri. You will monitor progress against deliverables and encourage integrated engagement with stakeholders to achieve impact. You will also manage relationships with Māori and other key stakeholders inside and beyond Te Puni Kōkiri. This includes ensuring the Te Puni Kōkiri policy function works effectively in collaboration with our Regions and Operations network of resources.


Skills and Experience

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • a tertiary degree and/ or significant management experience in the public sector that sets you apart as a professional and credible leader
  • an understanding of, and experience with, Te Ao Māori, Māori development and Māori policy frameworks
  • proven experience of leading, building and managing multiple-disciplinary policy teams across a range of kaupapa domains
  • experience in working with whānau, hapū, iwi, and hapori
  • proven experience briefing senior leaders, and at times Ministers, on complex operational and relationship issues with the ability to gain and maintain trust of these key stakeholders.


Why work for us?

Our commitment to ‘Whānau Taurikura’ – ‘Thriving Whānau’ enables whānau, hapū and iwi to succeed and underpins everything that we do. 


Our people are at the heart of achieving this vision and it is our people who contribute to supporting Māori collective success by creating and maintaining relationships with iwi, hapū and whānau Māori, and Government at both a local and national level.  


We are guided by our values of excellence, valuing people and relationships, working collectively and being creative and innovative. We invest in our people and you will be encouraged to develop and contribute to your fullest potential. We believe strongly in work/life balance and understand that your whānau is important. We are also committed to your wellbeing, and ongoing learning and development.