Senior Adviser, Engagement | Wellington City
|Position Type:||Fixed Term Full Time|
|Attachments:|| Senior Adviser - Engagement Long Term Programmes JD.pdf (PDF, 317KB)
|Application Close Date:||24-Mar-2019|
- Are you an experienced professional with strong communication, relationship and engagement skills?
- Leverage your knowledge of strategy, biosecurity incident response, program design and relationship management to help protect New Zealand
- Join a growing team that is focused on critical pests and challenges facing New Zealanders.
The role is a fixed term position until March 2020 to cover parental leave. A secondment and/or flexible working arrangements would be considered for the preferred candidate.
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe for us to consume. MPI's services ensure that New Zealand's natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports.
Our work stretches all the way from the Beehive to the border. Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world.
If you want to become part of a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities and you want to be part of helping NZ to succeed, then click on our links below.
About our team:
The Long Term Programmes team delivers programmes to tackle pest and disease challenges facing New Zealand. The team sits within the Recovery and Pest Management Group, which leads on issues including: controlling Wilding Conifers (NZ's number one weed problem), ongoing management of the impacts of Myrtle Rust, eradicating some of the world's worst aquatic weeds that if left uncontrolled would smother our waterways, and stopping the spread of marine and freshwater pests.
Our work has real impact. We protect New Zealand's farms, natural landscapes and native species so we can maintain our unique lifestyle and tourism can continue to thrive. We support partners and stakeholders who can't solve these issues on their own. We also lead projects to deliver innovation and system improvements. We work in partnership with central and local government agencies, Māori, industry, NGOs and communities.
The programme is part of our Readiness and Response Directorate which brings together critical capability to prepare for and manage responses, and to co-ordinate recovery and long term management activities. It works across biosecurity, food, primary production and trade systems.
About the role:
The Senior Adviser (Engagement) will lead the development and implementation of effective communication and behaviour change strategies and campaigns that engage with our target audiences – ranging from landowners, to recreational forest and waterway users, to boat owners.
You will be an integral part of programme teams set up to deliver management programmes for nationally significant issues, such as myrtle rust, velvetleaf, freshwater pests and more. We know that engaging with partners, stakeholders and communities, to raise awareness and change behaviours, is crucial if we are to successfully manage these pests and diseases.
You will also bring a high degree of enthusiasm and energy to the role. You will be able to think creatively, to work under pressure, and recognise and respond to sensitive issues or make the most of opportunities.
You will have:
- Experience in producing stakeholder engagement strategies and campaigns, and associated collateral and events.
- A broad range of communications skills, including the ability to write to a high standard and in ways that engage the audience.
- An understanding of media and an ability to pitch media opportunities.
- A strategic ability to use existing and build strong networks.
- The ability to liaise and negotiate with our partners, communities and stakeholders.
- Experience working in programme or partnership environments.
- Appreciation of mātauranga Māori and understanding of tāngata whenua perspectives.
Benefits of working at MPI include:
- Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
- Focus on career development
- Internal opportunities across the Operations branch and organisation
- Wellness benefit for employees
- Reduced premiums for health insurance
- Comprehensive MPI Induction Programme
Salary range for this role is $82k to $97k depending on skills and experience.
How to Apply:
To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.
To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.
For detailed information on this role please refer to the position description or contact Fleur Matthews, Team Manager, Long Term Programmes.
Applications close on 24 March 2019
MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.