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Senior Corporate Advisor - Fixed Term/Secondment to April 2025

Date:  17-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.



Senior Corporate Advisor - Fixed Term/Secondment till April 2025



Full time, fixed term till April 2025


Location: National Office, Wellington



  • Lead communications initiatives to bring change


  • Bring your passion for communications 


  • Opportunity to influence at all levels 




What do we do?


The Organisational Assurance and Communication (OAC) Group is responsible for ensuring the overall integrity of MSD’s operations by ensuring there is ongoing compliance to legislation and policy, communications with employees, stakeholders and the public is effective, and Ministers are supported. 


The Communications and Engagement team plays a key part of OAC Group that creates and executes communications activity to help the Ministry achieve its purpose for New Zealanders.




About the Role


Reporting to the Manager Corporate Communications, the Senior Corporate Advisor drives and supports communications priorities, with a focus on delivering high quality internal and stakeholder communications.  You will be part of a busy team working in a fast-paced environment and will bring your strengths in project development, planning and management of campaigns or projects, production management of key communication material, writing and editing communication material and support for management of issues from a communications perspective.




About You


We are seeking an experienced communications professional who is a persuasive and confident all-rounder, a superb relationship manager, a strategic thinker with an open mind and put people’s needs at the centre of our work.


To thrive in this role, you will demonstrate: 


  • Extensive experience in professional writing, plain English editing and proof-reading
  • Confidence and competence in working with and advising senior leaders
  • A good understanding of organisational culture and the role communications and engagement plays 
  • A proven ability to translate complex organisational strategy and ideas into clear, purposeful and compelling messages that are relevant to audiences’ everyday reality and concerns
  • An ability to research and source ideas and information, to evaluate and interpret the implications of policy, decisions and strategy and to create compelling stories and narratives
  • An appropriate relevant tertiary qualification or a high level of relevant equivalent experience



Our Values


Our values represent who we are and what we stand for:


Manaaki – We care about the wellbeing and success of people


Mahi tahi – We work together, making a difference for communities


Whanau – We are inclusive and build a sense of belonging and place


Tika me te pono – We do the right thing with integrity



If you see yourself as a communications expert, with a compelling story-telling style and a strong relationship builder, then this could be the perfect role for you.  Do not hesitate, apply now! 



Salary range: $95,546.00 - $116,778.00






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: Wednesday, 29 March 2023






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 that encourages, but does not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants, unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.