Senior Advisor – Sector

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  • Category: Advisor
  • Location: Wellington City
  • Date Advertised: 14-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: MOJ/1446225
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor – Sector
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Senior Advisor (Permanent), Māori Engagement, Sector Group, National Office


Are you committed to advancing the achievement of improved wellbeing outcomes for Māori?  Do you have experience in working with iwi and Māori organisations either within the public service or in the private/NGO sector?  Are you comfortable in both the te ao Māori and te ao hurihuri worlds?

The Ministry of Justice is recruiting a Senior Advisor in its newly established Engagement Team (Māori).  The Engagement Team (Māori) will be responsible for both leading engagement with iwi and Māori organisations for the Ministry of Justice, and where appropriate providing advice and support to Ministry business units who wish to lead that engagement themselves.  The team will identify and broker partnering opportunities between the Ministry and Māori, and will work with other government agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to our work with the Crown’s Treaty partner.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and support the Ministry of Justice in advancing our strategic priorities in respect of our responsibilities to Māori.

If you think have the skills and attributes needed for these roles we’d love to hear from you.

About the Sector Group:

Sector Group is a multi-disciplinary team that brings together the best of strategy, policy, data analysis, research and evaluation capabilities to inform decision making by justice agency leaders. We support justice agencies to work together to deliver ambitious results for a safe and just New Zealand.

The Māori Engagement Team is part of the Ministry’s Sector Group. We support an integrated justice sector to deliver ambitious results, for a safe and just New Zealand. We are a team of innovation, strategy and insight. You’ll have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other agencies and a range of people in the Ministry of Justice.  You’ll be exposed to leaders in the organisation and sector and have the opportunity to undertake work for Ministers. You will be challenged and interested by the diverse range of work and will enjoy a busy work programme with real impact.

About the role:

You will be responsible for both leading and supporting the Ministry’s engagement with iwi and Māori organisations for the purposes of identifying and facilitating opportunities to work in partnership to improve justice and wellbeing outcomes for whānau Māori.  As the Senior Advisor you will provide advice on issues of strategic and operational importance to the Ministry to give effect to our commitment to honouring our responsibilities to Māori.  You will work with other business units across the Ministry, and with other government agencies to ensure a cohesive approach to engaging and partnering opportunities with iwi/Māori. 

You will provide written advice and reports on engagement and partnering opportunities to key stakeholders including the Sector Group, Senior Leadership Team, Justice Sector governance groups and the Minister.  You will also support the uplift in Ministry of Justice wide capability to engage and partner with Māori through advice and support.The Engagement Team (Māori) is a specialist team operating as part of the Sector Group that is charged with leading the Ministry’s engagement with iwi/Māori, at both an individual level and at a national level where the aim is to proactively identify and broker opportunities for the Ministry and iwi/Māori to work together to improve outcomes for whānau Māori.  Where individual business within the Ministry choose to lead engagement with iwi/Māori themselves the Engagement Team (Māori) will provide advice and support where requested.  lift of internal Māori engagement capability through the provision of advice and support.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • A tertiary degree in a relevant field or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience
  • Familiarity with te reo and tikanga Māori is desirable
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Experience in working with iwi and Māori organisations and understanding of tirohanga Māori and the Māori world view
  • Experience in communicating with a wide range of audiences on a range of complex issues
  • Ability to communicate information clearly and concisely (both in oral and written format) appropriate to the target audience
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and confident in providing advice based on incomplete information
  • Welcome and value diversity, and contribute to an inclusive working environment where differences are acknowledged and respected
  • An interest in justice system issues – knowledge of the justice sector would be an advantage but is not essential

We can offer the opportunity to:

  • Use your knowledge and skills in working and interacting with Māori to support the Ministry in our desire to develop true partnerships with iwi and Māori
  • Help mould the way we work to achieve better results for the future
  • Directly contribute to Justice sector decision-making
  • Be part of a stimulating and intellectually rewarding environment with opportunities to further develop your expertise
  • Work with a smart, dynamic and diverse range of people

Salary range:  $99,413 – $140,348

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It’s important to us that our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

How to apply

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close Friday 21 February 2020 and must be made through the Ministry of Justice’s careers centre.

For more information, please contact Lyndsey Rothwell at