Principal Adviser

Job details

Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage
3 Dec 2012
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin


Full time – Permanent - Wellington

Vacancy 2012/38

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatū Taonga provides advice to government on cultural matters. We fund and support several of the nation’s iconic cultural institutions including Te Papa, the New Zealand Film Commission, TVNZ, the NZSO and Te Matatini.  We also produce award-winning websites including Te Ara - the New Zealand encyclopedia - and the 28th Māori Battalion and NZHistory websites. We administer significant heritage sites such as war graves and the National War Memorial.  

We are seeking an experienced senior public sector policy adviser to join our Cultural Policy Branch management team.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive / Cultural Policy Branch Manager, you will work alongside four policy and Crown entity performance monitoring managers and their teams, to support and lead policy advice to Ministers on arts, heritage, sport, film and broadcasting matters.  

In particular you will help to shape the Ministry’s work on strategic cultural issues such as demonstrating the value and contribution of the cultural sector to New Zealand’s economy and society, supporting a vibrant and viable cultural sector and how best to protect and enjoy our cultural heritage.  You will also work with the Branch management and staff to strengthen analytical and performance monitoring capability.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Significant experience at a senior level in leading public sector policy development, and advising Ministers, Select Committees and senior officials in other agencies
  • Expertise and knowledge of public sector financial management, accountability systems and Crown entity performance monitoring
    • Experience in:
      • leading and developing teams
      • creating and maintaining active and effective stakeholder relationships
      • designing, implementing and improving agency performance monitoring
    • commissioning, interpreting and using qualitative and quantitative research
  • Significant knowledge of the cultural sector, including infrastructure and critical issues, both in New Zealand and internationally – and proven credibility within that sector
  • Knowledge of tikanga Māori and experience working with iwi and Māori stakeholders in a public policy environment to achieve shared goals
  • Strong analytical ability and an inquiring mind
  • An ability to use initiative and lead and inspire others to get the job done well

 A position description and associated person specification for this vacancy is attached or alternatively contact Dawn Runtle on 04 495 1312 or

To apply for this position, please send your CV, covering letter and application form by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Applications close Monday 3 December 2012

Key skills

Significant experience at a senior level in leading public sector policy development, and advising Ministers, Select Committees and senior officials in other agencies

How to apply

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