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Senior Advisor Office for Seniors

Date:  12-Sep-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.



About the role



  • Are you passionate about the issues facing older people – now and into the future?
  • Are you creative and innovative?
  • Do you enjoy people and managing relationships?


The Office for Seniors is looking an experienced Senior Advisor to join the team.  
It is an exciting time in the Office for Seniors.  Working closely with the Manager and Director you will have a varied work programme which will include working in close partnership with the sector and Government agencies to identify and promote best practice and innovative approaches and provide high quality information and advice on issues to support older New Zealanders leading valued, connecting and fulfilling lives.


The Senior Advisor will work with others to promote and implement across the Government the national strategy for our ageing population, Better Later Life – He Oranga Kaumātua 2019 to 2034 and Action Plan.  
If you are looking for a role where you can have a real impact in a supportive and collegial team environment and believe you have the skills to contribute to a society where seniors are empowered and valued, we want to hear from you.



About you
You will bring:

  • An enthusiasm for the issues impacting on the lives of older people and their families
  • Excellent relationship management skills with both the sector and Government agencies
  • A solid ability to use data to report on the progress and wellbeing of older people
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Strong advisory skills
  • Project management experience



About the Team
The Office for Seniors provides a focal point within government for information and advice on issues affecting older people.  The Office works with the Minister for Seniors supporting her focus on the wellbeing of older people.


How to apply

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter. Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the Position Description.
All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at

Applications close: Monday 27 September 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.