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Principal Advisor, Deputy Chief Executive's (DCE) Office

Date:  21-Jun-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.



Principal Advisor, Deputy Chief Executive’s (DCE) Office


  • Opportunity to really make an impact
  • Be at the heart of the work supporting the DCE and the DCE Office 
  • Wellington based, Fixed term / internal or interagency secondment opportunity until 30 September 2022 

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of the amazing work we do in the Māori, Communities and Partnerships group!


About the DCE Office 

The DCE’s Office advocates Māori, Communities and Partnerships (MCP) position through strategic, credible and effective stakeholder relationships.  It ensures that the DCE’s workflow and responsibilities are proactively managed to ensure the timely coordination and delivery of MCP’s work programme and key deliverables.  The Office contributes to delivering services that ensure MCP fulfils the Statement of Intent and key performance indicators accountabilities.


About the Role

Reporting to the Director of the DCE Office, the Principal Advisor you will provide high level strategic advice, thought leadership and technical expertise.  You will ensure effective advice, engagement, and insights are incorporated into policy, operational guidelines, investment, procurement and funding plans that will support the MCP Work programme.

About You 


 To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Extensive and demonstrated ability in building effective relationships and working collaboratively at all levels with senior management, peers and key stakeholders. 
  • Well-developed analytical skills with the ability to write well and provide robust advice and recommendations
  • Demonstrated experience in providing strategic advice for senior management
  • Organisational agility with political savvy to be able to influence without direct management control
  • Proven experience in service design

Do you want to be part of a team that values different experiences, fresh perspectives and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way?  If yes, apply now! We want you to thrive! 

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: 5 pm, Tuesday 5th July 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.


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