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 Policy Director - Wellington

About the organisation

Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage work to promote a confident and connected culture and to support more New Zealanders to connect with the culture and heritage of Aotearoa.

Manatū Taonga support many of New Zealand’s arts, media, heritage and sports organisations, advises government on cultural matters and provide research and resources for everyone to access. They operate a lean and flat structure, although their mandate and reach is wide. They pride themselves on their agility and the open, collaborative and supportive culture

Over the last 12 months the policy group have been building their capability in order to deliver substantial reforms in New Zealand’s arts, media and heritage sectors.

The role:

This is a really exciting time to be joining Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Working across a varied and complex sector, you will be leading a team who is involved in a wide range of interesting policy work that sits high on the Government agenda. As well as managing a team of policy professionals, you will take the lead on some key external stakeholder engagement, whilst having ample opportunities to engage directly with Ministers. The Policy Director is an influential role in the organisation and, as a member of the senior leadership team, your input will be sought on the strategic vision and direction of the group and the wider business.

About you:

You are an experienced policy leader who has demonstrable experience leading people, teams and work programmes. With this experience, you will understand what it takes to build a successful team, and coming from a policy background, you recognise what best practice looks like. Your sophisticated communication and relationship skills enable you to confidently and credibly engage with senior stakeholders including Chief Executives, Ministers and Board Chairs. This is all backed by your extensive experience and knowledge of the mechanics of Government.

Like to know more?

Please apply via this website, or at For a confidential discussion, please contact Amber Tam at Hudson on (04) 917 9264.