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Director Office of the Deputy CE Policy

Date:  03-May-2021

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.



About the role


Are you looking for your next challenge? Do you like working in a dynamic and busy environment? 

Well look no further. We have an opportunity for a one-year fixed term position as the Director of the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive in MSDs busy Policy Branch. This is a business-critical role and an opportunity for you to bring your people management and your systems and machinery of government skills, to provide support to a very busy policy branch working on some of the Government’s top priorities. 

The purpose of the role is to ensure the effective running of the policy branch, and to make and maintain linkages through to other parts of the Ministry. This role would be suitable for a policy practitioner wanting to widen their skills and experience or someone who understands the role and value of business processes and functions, with an ability to navigate a dynamic policy environment. We would welcome applications from someone looking to apply their management skills to a new area or someone who has worked in similar roles in the past but are looking for a new set of challenges. If this sounds like you then come join our growing, high performing policy branch! 


Our organisation

Across MSD, our policy and service delivery arms work closely together. The MSD leadership team is accessible and engaged in our work. We have recently set a new strategic direction which brings us together and drives our work. Read more about Te Pae Tawhiti – Our Future here:

We have worked hard to make our Policy Branch a great place to work.  There is a great vibe across the branch. We are proud of the collaboration that occurs across teams and the culture we’ve created. We work with a strong sense of purpose and people focus to deliver high quality policy advice in a fun, supportive environment that values your contribution.

We also walk the talk on work life balance, so we are open to part time or flexible working options. We have a strong focus on staff wellbeing, we invest in developing and supporting staff to stretch and reach their professional goals. 


More about the Group

The policy branch comprises of five groups working on issues ranging from Income support and Welfare Reform, Employment and Housing, Child and Youth, Regional Development, Seniors and Disability, and our response to Kaupapa Inquiries and the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care and Faith Based Institutions. 

This role leads a small team that provides professional, timely and on point business and advisory support to the policy group and the Deputy Chief Executive. The Director is expected to understand and build their knowledge of the policy priorities and current work programmes across the branch, whilst supporting the management of key issues as required. You will also be critical to linking the work of the branch to other key areas of the Ministry and ensuring that the policy Leadership team is aware of wider activity across the Ministry that impacts on our work and performance. 


Things we are looking for in applicants

We’re keen for  someone who understands the policy context and the accountability systems we work within, who will fit our collegial, supportive culture, and have the action orientation to shape and lead the work of the DCE office so that it supports the smooth and effective running of the branch.  We expect this to include: 


  • Experience providing support and advice to senior leaders
  • Management and leadership skills in supporting the performance of individuals and the quality of work through mentoring, peer quality assurance processes and coaching
  • Leading projects and producing quality advice and implementing systems and business processes, including establishing and running reporting and analysis functions 
  • Understanding of the policy development process and the Ministerial interface. 
  • The ability to navigate the reporting and accountability functions including understanding of the parliamentary and legislative processes 
  • Understanding of how large organisations work and how to connect the work of the policy branch into the wider work of the Ministry
  • Strong analytical, strategic and critical thinking ability and excellent judgement
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and relationship management skills
  • Demonstrating leadership & commitment to the Māori/Crown including building your own and supporting the groups competencies and capabilities in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification or relevant practical experience



How to Apply


To Apply, go to click the 'Apply Now' button and submit your CV and cover letter.

Note - your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process. Please highlight how your experience relates to the things we are looking for and if you have a preference for particular policy areas please outline that in your letter.


All applications must be made online. If you require assistance or support through the application process, please contact us at jobs@msd.govt.n  so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided.
Applications close on Tuesday 18 May 2021


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.