Policy Director

Posted on 11-Feb-2018
Application Close Date: 25-Feb-2018
Job Details
Policy and Research
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
Job Reference:
Note clipPolicy Director Final August 2016.pdf (PDF, 184KB)
Job Description

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  • Office of the Chief Executive - Strategic Programmes Branch
  • Lead and influence cross-cutting work within MBIE and across Government
  • Work at the interface of policy and operations
  • Permanent Wellington based role


About the role

We are seeking a Policy Director to join the Strategic Programmes Branch within the Office of the Chief Executive.   This is a senior policy role supporting the General Manager Strategic Programmes to set the strategic direction for the branch and influence the broader work of the Ministry. 

As a policy director you will provide connections across the branch and group, and support the delivery of our work programme, by providing leadership of complex whole-of-government and multi-sector issues.  

You will work collaboratively with senior managers to build the capability of the branch and to ensure the quality and consistency of policy advice and practices support MBIE's strategic direction.  You will be a leader and an expert, bringing significant depth of experience, political nous, and strong relationship management skills. 


About MBIE's Strategic Programmes Branch

The Strategic Programmes Branch houses strategically important programmes that require significant leadership and/or shaping from the CE and collaboration across MBIE.

The Branch was created in February 2017 and currently includes Pasifika, Government Centre for Dispute Resolution, Better for Business, the Chief Data and Insights Officer and the Director Auckland.

Strategic Programmes works closely with a range of other internal and external stakeholders including other policy teams and service delivery arms within MBIE, other Government agencies, regions, industry and businesses.


Why work for us

  • The Office of the Chief Executive is the heart of MBIE and the work we do is highly visible, cross cutting and incredibly varied.
  • We are a highly engaged and committed team working collaboratively with MBIE and Government colleagues to improve services and outcomes for all New Zealanders


Skills and Experience

To be considered for this role you will need more than just policy smarts – we also need someone with drive who can achieve ambitious goals and create and implement real solutions working at the interface of the policy and operational parts of government. 

You'll need:

  • The ability to think, plan and act strategically; to engage others in the vision, and position MBIE to meet customer and future needs
  • A demonstrated ability to leverage your relationships with stakeholders to influence and to find ways through complex issues
  • The ability to make connections within and between work programmes across the organisation and beyond.
  • The desire to work on whole-of-organisation, whole-of-government and whole-of-public sector issues.
  • A tertiary qualification, preferably post-graduate, in social science, economics, law, public policy or a related discipline and relevant experience in a senior public sector role.


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to the application page.  From here you can upload your CV and cover letter.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Karen.stewart@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/1319848 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on 25 February 2018