The Department of Conservation has a significant and renewed policy work programme to ensure its’ vision for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth. It is responsible for some of the most important issues facing New Zealand: how to look after our unique environment in a way that benefits current and future generations. It grapples with issues as diverse as maintaining biodiversity to providing for the increasing number of tourists coming to visit our beautiful places.
We are looking for an inspiring and influential policy manager to join our expanding Policy unit, to lead our Tourism and Economic Development Policy team. The unit covers the full range of issues the Department faces; is at the front line of its relationship with Ministers and other agencies; and is at the forefront of thinking on its big challenges.
The role of the Tourism and Economic Development team is to advise and provide strategic direction on the outcomes DOC is seeking through the management of visitors and use of public conservation land and waters. As a major draw card for visitors, public conservation land is at the centre of managing the risks and opportunities from international tourism. It is critical to the identity, heath and economic wellbeing of local communities. A key policy challenge is how to reflect this whilst protecting the unique species and places they contain.
Your role will be both to lead and inspire a team through a wide-ranging and complex policy work programme; and to form part of a cooperative leadership team shaping the direction of the policy unit overall. Building influential networks, both in and out of the department, will be critical to your role; as will assisting the members of your team to do the same.
You will need to be able to coach and develop team members to sharpen their policy thinking and understand and balance the demands of being a public servant. The quality of your team’s advice, particularly to Ministers, will be critical to its success.
Experience providing leadership in a policy role is essential.
The Department is committed to equal opportunities for all New Zealanders and promotes diversity in the work force as well as supporting flexible working.
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. Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description.
For more information please contact Peter Brunt, Director Policy, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , telephone 022 037 5527, quoting vacancy 800/2500.
Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 26 November 2018.
DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture.