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Regional Commissioner Advisor - Canterbury - Fixed Term or Secondment to June 2023

Date:  13-Jan-2022

Canterbury, NZ

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. 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 are.



Regional Commissioner Advisor - Canterbury - fixed term or secondment to June 2023

Full time, fixed term/secondment to June 2023


Position based in Christchurch


The Regional Commissioner has a team of advisors who provide support and advice across a broad range of areas.  Some key areas the RCA team support with are interagency and cross-sector initiatives, risk management, emergency management, regional planning and  project  collaboration/management. You will required to represent Canterbury Region at relevant community forums.


 To be successful you will have: 


  • exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • high levels of initiative and problem solving ability
  • drive, with a flexible adaptable approach
  • the ability to work at pace and make good evidence-based decisions
  • the ability to navigate complex situations with political sensitivity. 



 In return we offer: 


  • salary range $109,424 to $133,740 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience)
  • the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders


Be the face of our organisation and deliver proactive results.

Apply online with your CV and Cover Letter outlining how your experience and skills relate to the key accountabilities of the role. Only applications made online through our careers page will be accepted.

For any further discussion about the role, please contact Lisa Thacker on



Applications close: Thursday 27 January 2022 at 10.00pm









Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.


MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated.