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Kaitohu Tuakana - Senior Advisor Māori and Pacific Communications

·        Permanent, full-time role

·        Wellington

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Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

The work of the communications team is critical to the Ministry. We lead communications and engagement around the biggest changes to New Zealand education in decades. We are responsible for ensuring that we listen and respond to the views of the tens of thousands of New Zealanders who are contributing to these changes through the Kōrero Mātauranga Education Conversation. We lead engagement with the media, and manage the Ministry's internal and external communications channels, publications, branding and communications design. This is an exciting, fast paced and dynamic working environment.

About this role

This new role of Kaitohu Tuakana - Senior Advisor Māori and Pacific Communications will provide advice, influence and vision to support the Communications teams and the business work effectively with Māori and Pacific audiences. This person will work closely with the Kaitohu Matua - Chief Advisor Māori and Pacific Communications. The role will lead and help others to deliver well-targeted communications and media services to Māori partners and Pacific audiences.

This includes providing advice and expertise to develop strategies, services and products which reflect the needs and aspirations of Māori and Pacific audiences. Also this person will bring expertise on how to connect effectively with Māori and Pacific networks and communities.

Key accountabilities are as follows:

·        Provide timely strategic communications advice to Business Groups and the Communications team

·        Advise and assist others to build their own ability to communicate effectively with Māori and Pacific audiences internally and externally, including building networks

·        Provide strategic insight and expertise to link to the Ministry's purpose

·        Deliver, advise and collaborate on key projects to identify communications opportunities, needs and risks for Māori and Pacific communities

·        Contribute to operational planning and seek feedback to continuously improve delivery

About you

We are looking for a Senior Communications Advisor with proven experience in leading with influence, strong relationship management, communications, strategy and delivery skills . You will have well developed networks in government and Māori and Pacific communities and relevant communications channels. You will bring a knowledgeable, proactive, resilient and calm approach to stakeholder engagement.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

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If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.

For further information, please contact Fiona Weightman at

Applications close midnight Sunday, 28 July 2019.