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Communications Advisor

Date:  10-May-2022

Wellington, 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.



Communications Advisor



Permanent opportunity



Location: National Office, Wellington 




Come join an awesome communications team and let your communication skills and creativity shine!

We'll keep you challenged with interesting work and you'll find no two days are the same – you'll learn so much from every experience!




Now is a great time to join our Client and Internal Communications team at MSD. We have an exciting and challenging work programme, and this is an opportunity to use your skills to create meaningful experiences and make a difference. 


About the Role


As part of MSD’s operational communications team, you’ll be responsible for developing and delivering easy to understand communications, so our clients, staff, and stakeholders have the information they need about our services, and how to work with us. 


You’ll need to be creative yet practical, and willing to roll up your sleeves to make it happen. Most of all, you'll love what you do.


Working as part of a high performing, dynamic team you will offer: 


  • experience in developing and implementing successful communications plans
  • a passion for story-telling and creating engaging communications using a variety of media and channels
  • an enquiring and curious mind to act on a vision and turn it into reality
  • great relationship management skills, with the ability to engage and influence at all levels
  • a strong focus on the needs of your audience
  • excellent writing and editing skills
  • experience delivering quality work to tight deadlines
  • a passion for helping New Zealanders lead better lives. 


If you believe you are an energetic team player, can stay calm under pressure and passionate about plain English, this could be the right role for you – please apply now!









How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key responsibilities listed in the position description. 


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


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


Closing date: Monday, 23 May 2022






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.