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General Manager Communications

Ministry of Health
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Communications, media, & marketing
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We're looking for a General Manager Communications to lead the Ministry's Communications team from good to great.  Opportunities like this seldom come along. This is your chance to join us in an exciting role that will mark the pinnacle of your communications career!

As the General Manager Communications, you'll be responsible for delivering the 2017 - 2019 Communications Strategy.  This role will proactively engage with the Health Sector and cross agency partners/colleagues to ensure effective communication, as well as being a key point of contact for the Minister and Associate Minister(s) of Health's Offices.


The General Manager Communications is a trusted advisor to the Director-General, Executive Leadership Team and to the Minister and Associate Minister(s) of Health.  This position is charged with leading a cohesive, highly effective and strategically focussed team responsible for internal and stakeholder communications including the Ministry's website and system facing publications, digital communications including channels, and media/public relations.


To be successful, you'll be a seasoned communications professional with experience at a leadership level and be skilled at thinking broadly and making strategic decisions. You're a well-respected communications professional with strong relationships and networks across the sector, and with a variety of stakeholders.  You're an inspiring and engaging leader with a track record of getting results and bringing people with you on the journey.


The Ministry of Health is the Government's principal advisor on health and disability policy.  Our job is to protect the health of New Zealanders and, through leadership of the health and disability system, we help New Zealanders to live well, stay well and get well.  We work with the health and disability sector to manage a programme of work that supports the Government's priorities.


If you think you've got what we're looking for, we want to hear from you.  This is an exciting time to join the Ministry as we pave the way under the leadership of a new Director-General.  


To apply for this position provide your current Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter outlining your background and your interest in the role. All applications must be made online.  For further information, contact Sarah Perry on 04 816 3332 or


The Ministry of Health is committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. All staff – regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, political opinion or union affiliation – have access to equal employment opportunities. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workforce and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements.


Applications close Sunday 19 August 2018.

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