Principal Strategy and Investment Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    3 weeks ago
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  • Category: Policy/Analysts
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 18-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: DOC/800/4102
  • Job Title: Principal Strategy and Investment Advisor
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The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) purpose is to ensure Papatūānuku Thrives. DOC is responsible for some of the most important issues facing New Zealand. It grapples with issues as challenging as maintaining our unique biodiversity and providing for the increasing number of tourists coming to visit our beautiful places.

DOC’s approach to tourism is guided by the Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy and DOC’s Heritage and Visitor Strategy.

Prior to the impacts of COVID-19, the tourism sector had experienced considerable growth. This provided increasing economic value, but also brought challenges to our infrastructure, communities, culture and environment. DOC’s roles across the tourism system mean it has a significant part to play in both supporting the tourism recovery and shifting tourism to deliver greater benefits to Aotearoa.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic, smart and ambitious principal advisor with a passion for providing high quality advice to be a key influencer in the exciting changes that DOC is making to strengthen our important heritage and visitor systems here at Te Papa Atawhai. 

Changes are:

  • A more strategically orientated system with clearer priorities and a focus on the future
  • Insight driving effective decision making across the system
  • A customer focused approach
  • Significantly improving heritage management and engaging people in their heritage
  • Interdisciplinary teams working together to solve problems and unlock opportunities


This role is in DOC’s Strategy and Insight team and will ensure that DOC’s heritage and visitor priorities are clear, and that insight supports improved system performance. The purpose of the Principal Strategy and Investment Advisor role is to help the organisation be clear on the strategy and pathway for achieving organisation objectives and goals. The investment aspect is focused on the types of interventions that the organisation should be prioritising.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

You will play a key role in a high-performing team that helps support DOC to succeed in an environment of uncertain visitor numbers and patterns post-COVID-19, changing visitor and community expectations, and increasingly complex conservation management issues. As will your ability to think through policy problems clearly and impartially, and to communicate your advice in an accessible and compelling way.

DOC is at an exciting phase in developing our long-term strategic work plan.  Your immediate focus will be to develop action plans aligned to a 10-year work programme. To compliment this, you will develop and deliver tools, systems, processes to support the teams to prioritise their efforts and investments of the action plan.  Over time you will work to a 30-year horizon. As part of a small but pivotal team, your ability to work with and through others, both in and out of the department, will be critical. Examples of working with other agencies include the Tourism Futures Taskforce, and the development of the Aotearoa Government Tourism Strategy.

You will be able to show that you:

  • Think and act strategically, and embed, implement and engage others internally and externally in DOC’s vision and strategy
  • Can lead complex and long-term strategic planning and investment projects,
  • Have credible and influential relationships, and ability to build new ones either within DOC and/or within the government tourism, recreation and heritage sectors
  • Engage and work in partnership with whānau, hapu and iwi
  • Influence others with impact, and inspire and motivate people, and
  • Understand New Zealand’s conservation issues.

This role reports to the Strategy and Insight Manager in the Heritage and Visitors Unit. 


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!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to support our Kaupapa and contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

Excellent development opportunities across the Department.


Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

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

Enquiries about the vacancy please contact Tim Bamford (Manager, Strategy and Insight),  or telephone (027) 569 7343

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday, 10 February 2021.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.