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Senior Advisor

Date:  15-Feb-2021

Wellington, NZ

Senior Advisor

Would you like to make a difference for young people? Be able to influence change at a strategic and operational level that will improve outcomes for young people?


Position: Senior Advisor 
Role: Permanent 
Location: Wellington

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Advisor (permanent) to join our Youth Service team, based in Wellington. 


The Youth Service supports young people aged 16 to 19 to engage in education, training, work-based learning and employment so they can be successful contributing members of the community. We work in partnership with Youth Service providers in local communities across the country to deliver intensive wrap around support to young people and includes support such as parenting, budgeting programmes, driver’s license assistance and financial support. 

The Senior Advisor supports the National Manager by way of focusing on the design, development and implementation of standards and best practices for the Youth Service. This will be achieved at a strategic level through a mix of proactive and reactive responses with internal and external stakeholders.

The primary purpose of the position is to:

• Provide on-going support and quality advice to the National Manager and other key internal and external stakeholders
• Contribute to and leading projects / initiatives and key actions as part of the Youth Service work programme, providing strategic and operational advice 
• Develop, identify and report national trends and issues impacting on the quality of the Youth Service and practice. This includes providing high quality, balanced analysis, advice and reports
• Effectively monitor, analyse Youth Service performance and achievement of outcomes
• Build relationships with key community organisation, government agencies, education institutions, Iwi to achieve the outcomes for the Youth Service and young people engaged in the service

To be successful in this role, you will have:

• The ability to engage and develop effective working relationships with a range of key stakeholders at all levels
• Competent working knowledge and experience of improving, designing and implementing new systems, processes that are client-centric
• Led successful change projects, initiatives or work programme that involved multiple stakeholders
• The political nous, understanding of the machinery of government
• The urgency to deliver on project outcomes and results 
• Excellent written ability and strong communication skills 


How to apply:


Your cover letter should address the question below in no more than 550 words:
1.    What solutions would you propose to improve outcomes for young people that are Not in Employment, Education or Training and why is this important to you? 

This should be accompanied with an updated CV demonstrating your experience and skills. If you are a Ministry of Social Development employee, please apply through your myHR portal.


All applications must be made online. If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Applications close 5.00pm Monday 1st March 2021

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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.


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