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Lead Advisor - Safe, Strong Families and Communities - secondment/fixed until December 2023

Date:  16-Mar-2023

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.



Lead Advisor - Safe, Strong Families and Communities - secondment/fixed until December 2023


  • Varied, challenging and a highly rewarding role
  • Fixed term secondment opportunity until December 2023
  • Wellington based


Are you passionate about project work that enables rural and remote communities to access government and non-government services? Do you have experience working with stakeholders and communities to design and implement new services?

About our team - Mō te tīma 

Safe, Strong Families and Communities supports a wide range of programmes and initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing vulnerability and harm for individuals, whānau and communities. It also funds and manages a number of key relationships with the social services sector. In our work, we make a real and positive difference for communities, through the services we invest in and the support we give.


About the role - Te āhuatunga a te tūranga  

The role of the Lead Advisor is to provide operational leadership for one of SSFC’s key community projects. The role will focus on leading the design and implementation of a new service model to support rural community access to services, in partnership with community, whānau and other agencies. A key function of this role is engaging with national and regional stakeholders to test the service model as well as to improve service availability in rural and isolated areas. Hence your experience in supporting service design and stakeholder engagement will be critical to this role. 


About you -   He kōrero mōu 

Skills and experience - He pūkenga tou


We are seeking positive individuals, with relevant prior experience in community and social services, or government and the social commissioning cycle. You will need excellent relationship management skills and be able to demonstrate how you have contributed to making your working environments great places to work. You will also be able to demonstrate your ability to develop practical solutions for complex problems with a focus on getting the job done!

To be successful in the role you will:


  • Be able to demonstrate strong leadership and mentoring capabilities within a team environment
  • Have the ability to create service blueprints, guidelines and an operating framework
  • Have the ability to lead a complex work programme in pursuit of a key goal or outcome involving a wide range of key stakeholders
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity but be able to define a path through that ambiguity
  • Be able to plan and manage delivery to agreed timelines
  • Have a demonstrated ability of working collaboratively but also to influence and manage the expectations of others as required to ensure progress is made and timelines are met
  • Lead and manage reporting to senior and executive internal MSD management
  • Be an innovative thinker that can provide practical solutions for complex issues

If this sounds like you, and you’re ready to either take a step up, or take on the next set of challenges in your career, then we want to hear from you!


Salary range: $78,027.00 - $117,041.00






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: Sunday 2nd April, 5 pm. 






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.


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