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General Manager

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Job Description



National Office

  • Work closely with leaders in Justice policy and operations
  • Work closely with other Justice and Social Sector agencies
  • Provide policy leadership in issues relating to law and order

About the team and the role

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary, Policy - the General Manager is responsible for the provision of Criminal Justice advice.  The role is to provide the vision, strategic direction and leadership with a strong focus on delivering on the current and future Policy programme.

You will be a member of the Group's leadership and management team, and, as such, your responsibilities will include making a significant contribution to the vision, strategic direction, and leadership of the Group whilst determining and delivering the Group's work programme.


  • Lead development of criminal justice policy
  • Provide strategic leadership of criminal justice policy
  • Lead delivery of the Criminal Justice Group work programme
  • Manage performance of direct reports
  • Contribute to leading and managing Policy Group and to delivering Policy Group work programme
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key customers, stakeholders, and partners

Skills and experience

  • Proven strategic leadership experience gained from within a complex public or private sector (ideally in policy/legislative) environment.
  • The capacity to manage relationships and drive cohesion across a complex stakeholder environment.
  • Political savvy to deal with ambiguity and make quality decisions in a dynamic and challenging setting.
  • Superior people leadership with proven history in capability development - nurturing and challenging the performance of staff, and managing managers.
  • A proven track record leading engagement with senior ministers and/or equivalent stakeholders.
  • Ideally supported by relevant tertiary qualifications.
  • Experience managing managers.


  • Be part of the Policy Team that is first in the public sector for quality policy advice.
  • Opportunity to influence criminal justice policy at the highest levels
  • Real breadth of work
  • Opportunity to lead a busy and high performing team.

APPLY and complete the application form, attaching your CV and cover letter.  Applications close on Tuesday 23rd January 2018. 


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