Principal Advisor Government Services

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    6 months ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 26-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: DOC/800/1200
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor Government Services
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The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) purpose is to ensure Papatūānuku Thrives.

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

We are seeking to recruit a skilled and experienced Principal Advisor for our Government Services Unit for a 12-month period. You will lead the provision of advice and system development on matters relating to public service principles and standards.  Applications are welcome from new employees and also secondments.  


He angitūtanga: About the role

Government Services is a team of dedicated experts within DOC that focuses on delivering excellent service to Ministers and Parliament, and improving core public service performance within the department.  

Government Services works at the interface with the Minister’s office, leads the Privacy Act and Transparency systems, and provides advice and support to managers on the machinery of government, integrity and neutrality.  The team seeks to ensure that Government and citizens are well-served through these public service responsibilities.  Our aim is that DOC is a trusted, high integrity, public service agency.

As Principal Advisor you will provide expert advice or troubleshoot on a range of Ministerial and Parliament interface concerns, from straightforward queries to more complex system matters.  You will have influence with Managers and Directors across the organisation, and gain insight into a wide range of the work programmes undertaken by DOC.  

You will lead system development regarding public service values and principles to enhance the Department’s engagement and performance with this core work.  You will also need to work in an agile and responsive manner given that Government Services’ work can be fast-paced and changing.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for:

  • Political awareness and a deep understanding of the interface between Ministers’ offices and agencies
  • A strong understanding of the principles and processes that underpin the machinery of government and public administration
  • A strategic and analytical thinker with significant experience in risk assessment and analysis, and an appreciation of systems thinking
  • Highly developed written communication skills
  • A confident and effective relationship manager 
  • Excellent oral communication skills, both one-on-one and presenting to groups
  • Experience in coaching, peer review and giving clear quality assurance assessments
  • A relevant tertiary qualification (e.g. humanities, public policy, legal)
  • Relevant professional experience in a government agency


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What’s in it for you?

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us.

The chance to join a large organisation that values new expertise and fresh perspectives being brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Excellent development opportunities across the department.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above. 

For any enquiry, please contact Mary Fitzjohn at

Applications close at noon Monday 15 February 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.