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Manager Parliamentary and Ministerial Relations

Date:  02-Aug-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.



Manager Parliamentary and Ministerial Relations - Permanent



Permanent position  


Location:  National Office, Wellington



We are seeking someone who is solution driven and thrives in a busy environment with excellent planning and stakeholder management skills. Your proactive nature and judgement as well as your sound people leadership and critical thinking will assist you in making a meaningful contribution to the Ministerial and Executive Services (MaES) team and the Ministry. 




About the Group 


MaES is responsible for drafting replies to MPs and members of the public on behalf of Ministers and the Chief Executive, managing information going across to the Ministers’ office in the form of reports or i-requests, supporting Parliamentary processes, providing responses to Official Information Act requests and written Parliamentary questions, as well as managing complaints made to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman. These functions aid the Ministry and Ministers to be responsive to members of the public as well as facilitate transparency and accountability of the public service and the Government.




About the Role


This is a newly established role and is looking for someone to make their mark. The Manager Parliamentary and Ministerial Relations leads a team of Senior Advisors to provide replies and advice to Written Parliamentary Questions, and support and advice for Parliamentary and Select Committee processes. The Manager is also responsible for the daily management and support of the Ministry’s private secretaries including their recruitment, training and development. The Manager will be required to regularly engage with the Ministry’s Leadership Team, and other senior leaders across the Ministry, as well as with Ministerial offices and their staff.




About You


Skills and Experiences


To be successful in this role, you will be/have:


  • excellent knowledge of the machinery of government
  • familiarity with the structures of relevant statutes, rules and regulations 
  • an understanding of the policy formulation process
  • strong influencing and relationship management skills and be able to quickly establish credibility and trust
  • strong problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise sound judgement in decision making
  • proven ability in performing a range of tasks under competing demands, and producing a quality result, on time
  • ability to adapt to change and strive for improvement.



What we offer you?

You’ll join an inclusive and fun environment where we will celebrate achievements and prioritise action. Our team values diversity and we welcome flexible working. We are working towards Te Ao Māori being embedded in the way we do things at MSD and we would love you to join us on this journey.


Salary range: $109,999.00 - $164,999.00






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: Tuesday, 16 August 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 prior to 1 September 2022. From 1 September 2022 MSD's policy will be to encourage, but not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.