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Senior Advisor

NZ Ministry of Education
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Senior Advisor - Government, Executive and Ministerial Services 


The Government, Executive and Ministerial Services (GEMS) group works at the interface between the Ministry of Education and Ministers, Parliament and the broader public of New Zealand. We work to ensure the Ministry is a transparent and accountable organisation that provides a high quality service to the Government of the day and delivers on the public's right to access information.


We're looking for a Senior Advisor who can provide leadership in our team.  It is essential that you have a sound working knowledge of both the Official Information Act and machinery of government processes, and that you have strong analytical and writing skills.


As a member of the GEMS group your core responsibility will be managing replies to Official Information Act requests, but you will also work in other areas such as the proactive release of information, responding to Parliamentary questions or managing the Ministry's preparation for Select Committee hearings.


Senior Advisors play a leadership role in our group, so we are looking for someone who has experience in mentoring and proactively supporting team members. The successful applicant will need to be able to independently manage difficult pieces of work from start-to-finish and feel comfortable engaging with senior managers and Ministers' Offices. On occasion, you may also be required to act as Manager of the Official and Parliamentary Team within the group.


If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy working on a diverse range of subject matter and have an inquiring mind, then we would like to hear from you.  In return we will provide you with both a dynamic place to work and opportunities to further develop your skills and experience.



For further information please contact Simon Sanders, Manager Official and Parliamentary Information 027 404 7057, or Hilary Penman, Manager Government, Executive and Ministerial Services on 027 886 1426.


Applications close 2 February 2018.

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