Senior Advisor Ministerial and Executive Services

Date: 9 Jul 2024

Location: Wellington, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development


Ko wai mātou | About Us:

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People has a unique mandate of having responsibility to steward change across Government, while commissioning disability support services, as well as transforming how these services are delivered.


Disabled people expect to have greater choice and control over the supports and services they receive to lead their best life. We are committed to this by strengthening relationships and working in partnership with disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, Pacific disabled people and their whānau.


Whaikaha presents an exciting opportunity to make a real difference. The call for “Nothing about us, without us” is an integral part of our operation.



Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About the Role:

As the Senior Advisor you will support the work of the Ministerial and Executive Services team (MaES) by providing direct and high level strategic, organisational, and operational advice. 

You will actively contribute to the team by supporting the work we do including such things as:

•    Ministerial and Executive correspondence
•    Official Information Act requests
•    Privacy Act requests
•    Ministerial Briefings
•    Complaints
•    Parliamentary questions
•    Select Committee processes
•    the proactive release of information 
•    Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner enquiries

You will work collaboratively with the Manager of MaES, the wider MaES team, Office of the Chief Executive, and Deputy Chief Executives to support the delivery of this work.

Ko wai koe | About You:

You will have Demonstrated experience within the government sector, including advising on policy, service delivery, parliamentary processes, and Ministerial issues.

You will have proven experience in designing and providing appropriate responses of the management of Official Information Act requests, the complaints process, Privacy Act requests, Ministerial correspondence, Parliamentary Questions, Select Committee responses, and other parliamentary and ministerial processes.

Your demonstrated ability to establish positive relationships and credibility at a high level will ensure you are comfortable working in collaborative relationships with Minister’s offices, leadership teams, peers and other stakeholders.

You will have highly effective organisation and planning skills, with the ability to prioritise and a demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement to identify, mitigate and escalate risk or developing appropriate responses. 

To undertake this role successfully, you will be a disabled person or be able to establish credibility and trust with the disability community, as well as having empathy and an understanding of the unique and diverse experiences of disabled people. 

Mō Te Tono, Mō Te Tirotiro Tātai Tūranga | Apply or View the Position Description:

A copy of the position description can be found here. Senior Advisor Ministerial and Executive Services position description.

Salary range: $102,533.00 - $124,402.00


Tono Mai | We encourage you to apply:

Joining Whaikaha means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity that each individual brings. Currently, just over 40% of our people identify as disabled people and we want this number to grow. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they really are. We are committed to the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all levels of our work.



Me He Pātai Anō | Further Enquiries:

We encourage you to talk to us about any support you need. We want you to present this information in a way that plays to your strengths. For example, you may prefer to use video instead of traditional CV and cover letter. You might want whānau or a friend to tell us about you or use social media or a PowerPoint presentation. Let's kōrero about what you need to feel supported in your application.


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Te Tono | Application: 

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If you work for Whaikaha - Please apply through the myHR portal. You can do this by clicking the ‘Apply’ button to complete the online application form and upload your CV and cover letter. This will ensure that your employee profile is visible as an internal candidate.



Ka Kati Ngā Tono | Applications Close: Monday 22 July 2024. 

Whaikaha has adopted the Ministry of Social Development's (host agency) COVID-19 vaccination policy.  This policy applies to all Whaikaha employees and encourages, but does not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants, unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.