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Lead Advisor Communications and Engagement


Wellington, NZ

Kaitohutohu Tūhono Mātāmua


Lead Advisor Communications and Engagement

Fixed term, full time, Wellington 


  • Support improving outcomes for our tamariki and rangatahi
  • Drive your own work programme 
  • Be part of a new organisation, a new team and a new way of operating


Nau mai, haere mai!  Tirohia tēnei. Welcome! Please check this out.

The Independent Children’s Monitor (the Monitor) is a new organisation set up to provide independent oversight across the Oranga Tamariki system*, monitoring those organisations that have custody and care of tamariki (children) and rangatahi (youth) with a focus on supporting improved outcomes for tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau. 

Our values are Kia Māia – to be Courageous; Kia Pono, Kia Tika – to be Trustworthy; Manaaki – to be Respectful; and Kia Huritao – to be Reflective.  We are looking for people who share these values to join us.   

The Kaitohutohu Tūhono Mātāmua /Lead Advisor Communications and Engagement is a stand-alone role and therefore we are looking for someone who is comfortable in both the strategic and tactical space. On a day-to-day basis you will be primarily focussed on implementing and enhancing the communications strategy.  You will be actively thinking about ways for the Monitor to build the team culture and be proactive about organising opportunities to do this. 

Responsibilities will include:


  • Managing and enhancing the Monitor’s existing website – experience with Silverstripe or similar, and Google analytics, a real advantage 
  • Drafting the monthly external newsletter – we use MailChimp 
  • Providing editing and formatting support for all external documents, some basic design experience an advantage
  • Liaising with external printing, graphics and creative providers 
  • Supporting the Monitor’s leadership team with media, key messages, presentations and other communications collateral, including regular internal communications 
  • Building the Monitor’s profile over time 


We are also looking for someone who has experience with engagement and who is confident to maintain and monitor the national engagement plan. This involves supporting the Leadership team and Operations team with regular engagements with partners and supporting hui and events. 
In this role you will have autonomy, the ability to drive your own work programme and the opportunity to work flexibly in a way that works for you and your other commitments.   
This fixed term role will initially run through to the end of June 2021.  

How to Apply



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


External applicants (including Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children employees) – please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. 


Please apply online with your CV and cover letter via the “apply” button. All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact


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


Application Close: Tuesday 27 October 2020


If you have any questions, please contact  


*The term “Oranga Tamariki system” is used to describe any agency services provided to children and young people under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and includes all agencies that provide services to children in the Oranga Tamariki system, for example health, education and disability services and includes non-government organisations.


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.