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Date: 06-Dec-2018

Location: Wellington, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development

Chief Advisor


Chief Advisor

Crown Secretariat for the Historical Abuse Inquiry


  • High profile work
  • Strategic policy leadership opportunity on a major scale
  • Exposure to Ministers and senior public service leaders


About the Crown Secretariat for the Historical Abuse Inquiry


The Government has recently established the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (the Royal Commission).   


The Royal Commission will involve all social and justice Crown agencies involved with children, young people and vulnerable adults in care over the next five years and beyond.  Crown agencies have begun to collectively prepare to support the Royal Commission, once it begins its investigations in 2019.


Social service and justice Chief Executives have agreed to a joined up approach and are establishing the cross-government Crown Secretariat for the Historical Abuse Inquiry (the Crown Secretariat) to lead the Crown’s response to, and engagement with, the Royal Commission. 

About the Role      


This is a unique, strategic opportunity to lead high profile policy work on a cross agency programme that is a priority for the Government.  The Chief Advisor will work closely with the Director of the Crown Secretariat to deliver the cross agency work programme and manage the Secretariat.


You’ll shape and lead work streams by providing thought and strategic leadership to integrate work streams into a cohesive Crown response.  In leading the Crown response you will take a system view, advising Ministers and Chief Executives on its implications for the social services sector, care systems and the wider public service.  You’ll have a key role to build trust and confidence in the Crown Secretariat’s effectiveness and Crown response. 


You’ll lead engagement with government agencies, broker and convene cross-agency working groups bring together expertise and knowledge and develop networks at a senior level. You’ll advise and influence political representatives across diverse and politically sensitive government priorities.


This role is for a self-starter and problem solver with initiative. You’re probably already in a principal advisor role and want to step up into a role with more autonomy to lead, influence and impress.  You may already be a leader in your field but want experience leading work across the system or multiple agencies.  We’re looking for a proven high performer and team player who can drive this significant programme of work to success and results.


This is a fixed term role up to 30 June 2019, with the potential for extension.  Secondments are welcomed.  If you have questions about the role, please email Sandra Preston who is the Director of the Crown Secretariat,


How to apply


Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

All external applicants including MSD employees - please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system.




Applications Close: 17 December 2018



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