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Heartlands Senior Advisor

Date:  23-Nov-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.



Heartlands Senior Advisor


  • Fixed term / Secondment, 24 months
  • Based in Wellington 


Are you passionate about helping NZ communities?  Do you want to

•    Identify service gaps in order to establish opportunities and implement improved ways of supporting our communities?
•    Contribute to better service provision in isolated communities?
•    Use your relationship management and leadership skills?
•    Work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment?


We are seeking an energetic Senior Advisor to understand, establish and implement improved ways of supporting rural and isolated communities.  This role offers exciting and challenging opportunities to work closely with the community and across-government, and be part of the fun and dedicated Safe, Strong Families and Communities team.


About our Team 

The Safe, Strong Families and Communities (SSFC) team sits within the Maori, Communities and Partnerships Group at MSD. The current focus of the SSFC team is MSD’s response to sexual violence, family violence, building financial capability and supporting rural, remote and isolated services across New Zealand.  In our work, we make a real and positive difference for communities, through the services we invest in and the support we give. Whilst this role will focus on rural and isolated communities, there is potential to support communities that present with family violence.

About the Role

In this role you will be responsible for leading work focused on analysing, developing, establishing and implementing a range of social support services for New Zealanders.  The core component of these roles is working within the remote and isolated rural support services work programmes to support the availability, accessibility and quality of services that responds to the needs of communities across NZ. 


We are seeking a range of skills and expertise across this role. You’ll undertake a range of activities that includes undertaking market analysis to determine gaps in service provision; knowledge around funding allocation models; experience in procurement and contracting; with exceptional relationship management skills to be able to confidently advise, and influence conversations with cross-government agencies, and non-government organisations.  The role also includes activities focused on portfolio and relationship management.  


About your Skills and Experience

You will be a positive and motivated individual with relevant prior experience in community development and relationship management, particularly in community and social services, who can hit the ground running. Your experience in undertaking market analysis to influence procurement and contracting processes, is essential.


To be successful in the role you will be excellent at:
•    Leading and facilitating community workshops and conversations
•    Building effective collaborative relationships across a range of stakeholders 
•    Implementing and managing programmes of work
•    Delivering robust solutions
•    Exercising sound judgement and managing risk


An understanding of the social services commissioning process and government social service procurement and contracting would be desirable.   
Demonstrated experience and / or knowledge of Te Ao Māori and Pacific cultures and values, will be an advantage and demonstrates individual cultural capital, which is required to be successful in these roles.



Salary range: $94,834 - $115,908






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 competencies 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:  12 December 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.