Strategic Communications Business Partner (two roles)

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Looking to use your senior communications skills in a varied role supporting significant policy development, and a large and complex operational arm? The Ministry of Justice is looking for two Strategic Communications Business Partners who will lead strategic communications for a range of portfolios and projects. This role offers the opportunity to extend your professional leadership and skills coordinating people and resources to deliver results. You will be contributing to an exciting and meaningful work programme.

About the Ministry

The Ministry provides policy advice to the government on the justice system and constitution, and helps the Crown honour its responsibilities to Māori. It also administers courts and tribunals, the legal aid system, and the Public Defence Service.
About the role
In this role you will:

  • Partner with managers in the Ministry and shared service agencies to assess, prioritise and resource communications activity
  • Build strong relationships within, and a deep understanding of, portfolio areas
  • Plan strategic communications that support business outcomes and strategic objectives
  • Work with advisors and outside suppliers to manage delivery of communications projects
  • Contribute to the direction, development and best practice of the communications team, actively coaching and mentoring advisors
  • Help embed whakaaro Māori and te reo Māori in the Ministry’s communications
  • In one of the roles, work closely with Te Arawhiti on Crown-Māori relationships.

Who are we looking for?
To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Experience as a senior communications generalist enabling you to operate at the principal level
  • Experience working in complex public sector organisations
  • The ability to think and operate strategically
  • Be able to gain the trust of senior leaders and advocate for the best communications approach to achieve optimal results
  • A track record of successful strategic analysis, planning, resourcing, managing and prioritising of initiatives, including managing workflows
  • Knowledge of whakaaro Māori, and ideally an understanding of te reo Māori
  • Experience incorporating whakaaro Māori and te reo Māori into communications.

Why the Ministry?

Te Tāhū o te Ture – the Ministry of Justice is committed to working together for a fair and safe Aotearoa. Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities it serves. The Ministry’s promise is to ensure its workplace is one where people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. It values respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture and one where diversity is welcomed and celebrated. There may be an opportunity for these roles to be undertaken on a part time basis or potential job-share.
To Apply
The Ministry has protocols in place to provide a safe workplace. It’s now strengthening those protocols with a COVID-19 vaccination policy requiring that all Ministry roles are carried out by people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All candidates are required to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status as part of the application process.
Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may only apply for this role if you have the right to work in New Zealand. For information about New Zealand work or residence visas, please visit
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Tuesday 8 February 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: John King or Nikki Franklin on 04 550 8000

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