Principal Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 week ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Science and Environment
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 07-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: 33860021
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor
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Make history with us

As New Zealand’s environmental regulator, the work we do today helps shape the future of Aotearoa.

The Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) group helps everyone – from small businesses to big organisations – understand and comply with environmental regulations to help protect communities, the environment and people. The CME group’s functions underpin the overall strategic direction and goals of the EPA – protecting people and the environment, delivering the right decisions and strengthening trust in the EPA.

As part of recent changes made within the CME group we are looking for a range of passionate and forward thinking professionals to join us on a move to a more cohesively-aligned, strengthened, and active CME Group.

The opportunity

The purpose of the Principal Advisor position is to support the delivery of multi-disciplinary CME functions by leading and contributing to developing capability and consistency across CME activities and all environmental legislation that the EPA administers. The role will be focused on providing strategic CME advice and expertise, and coaching and support across the CME.

The Principal Advisor will identify, coordinate and support a range of initiatives to build and integrate capability across the CME Group including learning and development programmes, warranting programmes and continuous learning to ensure we are live to the regulatory environment in which we operate, and provide robust and quality frameworks to support our CME activities across our legislative mandate.  The position is a new and exciting role with great opportunities to contribute to more cohesive and proactive environmental regulation.

What we can offer you

This is a permanent full-time position based in our central city offices on Lambton Quay. The role provides plenty of variety, interesting and challenging opportunities, working with colleagues focused on making a difference.

Some of the benefits of working with us include on-site weekly Māori language lessons and regular workshops to develop staff understanding and appreciation of Te Ao Māori; talks on a variety of topics from fascinating external speakers; and a range of clubs and groups, from gardening to adventure running, that cater to the diverse interests of our staff.

We also offer our staff extra leave on top of the standard legislative requirements.

About you

We are looking for someone who has a range of skills and capabilities, including:

  • Ability to quickly assimilate new and complex information and deal with ambiguity
  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation)
  • Demonstrated ability at developing and maintaining enduring relationships at all levels of an organisation, including senior management and governance level
  • Ability to build positive and constructive relationships with other government departments and agencies
  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant area of expertise (e.g. environmental management/analysis, science, public policy, economics or law)
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor staff
  • An in depth understanding of the role of a regulator and regulatory practices
  • An in depth knowledge of machinery of government processes

How to apply

For a copy of the job description please contact Julia Holman, Recruitment Advisor

Check out the careers section of our website for more information at

Application close 5pm 22 October 2020