Principal Advisor, Engagement

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  • Ensure people have a voice on policy change.
  • Wellington CBD based role.

In this new and influential role, the Ministry of Justice is looking for an experienced engagement specialist to ensure Māori, communities and special interest groups are more connected with its work. The role will have a focus on engagement that supports the development of significant justice initiatives.
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:

  • Lead the development of the Ministry’s overall engagement strategy
  • Provide strategic advice on how the Ministry can best engage with Māori, communities and special interest groups
  • Lead stakeholder engagement strategy and provide advice on high-profile
  • Ministry projects
  • Ensure the Ministry engages with a diverse range of groups, including Māori, iwi, hapū and whānau
  • Work with communications colleagues to increase understanding of the Ministry’s work during external engagements, and to develop effective content and collateral
  • Advise on the best avenues, channels and methods for engagement
  • Identify opportunities to incorporate te reo Māori and whakaaro Māori into engagements, and ensure messaging is appropriate to Māori audiences
  • Monitor and analyse the impacts of engagement to ensure continuous improvement.

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

  • Experience managing engagement with diverse stakeholders for a complex public sector agency
  • Experience identifying and mitigating engagement risks
  • Sound knowledge of engagement tools, techniques and channels
  • A strong track record of building influential relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven knowledge of whakaaro Māori, and ideally an understanding of te reo Māori
  • Experience incorporating whakaaro Māori and te reo Māori into communications
  • Experience of matrix management and working collaboratively.

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.
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: Nikki Franklin or John King on 04 550 8000

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