Principal Advisor – Northern Region

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 week ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy and Research
  • Location: Auckland
  • Date Advertised: 06-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1472088A
  • Job Title: Principal Advisor – Northern Region
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  • Summary:
  • Can you develop and drive a strategic programme, working with Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) in New Zealand’s four northernmost regions?
  • Can you co-design and innovate with employers, unions and industry, iwi/Māori, and key government agencies to deliver advice and proposals to meet skills and labour challenges?
  • Do you want to make a difference by taking a leadership role and building capability in cross-MBIE and cross-government projects?
  • This is a permanent Principal Advisor role in MBIE’s Labour and Immigration Policy Branch, within the Regional Skills Leadership Group.

Principal Advisor – Regional Skills Leadership Groups, northern region 

About the role

We have an opportunity for a Principal Advisor to join the northern RSLG team, which works with RSLGs in Tai Tokerau, Auckland, Waikato, and the Bay of Plenty. The Principal Advisor will work with the national secretariat and northern region manager, to establish and drive a strategic work programme focussed on supporting regional labour market aspirations and outcomes. You will bring expertise, fresh ideas, and the ability to lead programmes of work and manage project teams, that is focussed on lifting future education, training, and workforce outcomes.

This is an opportunity to be part of providing a better standard of living, for all New Zealanders.

Salary Band $129-$157k

What we are looking for

We are looking for an experienced operational policy or service design professional at the Principal Advisor level, who thrives in a fast-paced environment, working in partnership with stakeholders, and with strong analytical skills.

We are looking for:

  • Experienced professionals who bring both people and strategic programme leadership
  • People who are able to see the bigger picture and can apply advanced strategic and critical thinking, to propose action to tackle systemic – and often entrenched – barriers to workforce and skills development
  • People with a proven track record in forming and sustaining partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders including officials/agencies, employers and industry, and iwi/Māori
  • People who can self-start, who have the confidence to work in a complex/sensitive and ambiguous environment, and who take ownership of their work to deliver results

Background on Regional Skills Leadership Groups

The Government intends to establish 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups in June 2021, to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs, and advise on action to cultivate these. The RSLGs will build on the work of interim RSLGs, which were established for a fixed term to provide regional insights into the impact of the COVID-19 response on regional labour markets. The RSLGs will reflect a partnership approach with iwi/Māori, and bring a deep understanding of different perspectives, needs and aspirations at the regional level.

Group members will include iwi/Māori, industry leaders, local government, worker representatives, and connect to government partners, including regional public sector leads.

The RSLGs are a key part of the Reform of Vocational Education, as the Tertiary Education Commission will take their advice into account when making investment decisions. They also connect to the education, immigration and social development. Planning at a regional level can help address skills shortages in the short term, while facilitating the training of more New Zealanders with the skills the future workforce will need.

Members of RSLGs will provide a local leadership voice and common view into the region’s investments in skills and training. They will develop Regional Workforce Plans, which project labour supply needs and outline how to create better and more attractive jobs across the region. 

To find out more about RSLGs:


MBIE offers significant opportunity for developing experience across a broad variety of areas. We proactively support development through on-the-job learning and we’ll help you manage a healthy work-life balance; with flexi-time, healthcare and financial benefits.

How to find out more and apply

Please follow the online process to submit your up to date CV and cover letter.

All applications must be submitted via our on-line process you can also find the Position Description here.

Please find the position description on the MBIE site where you make your application

If you have any questions please email or call 04 901 8335

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 18th January