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Senior Historian

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Senior Historian

Office of Treaty Settlements, Wellington

Vacancy MOJ/1314851

At the Office of Treaty Settlements there's is an opportunity for historians to be a part of New Zealand's future - one that's watched by the rest of the world.

We're looking for hard-working, talented and motivated people to join us as we negotiate settlements of historical Treaty claims and build positive relationships between the Crown and Māori.

If you're a team player who would like to see the results of your work first-hand, the Office of Treaty Settlements, based in Wellington, invites you to apply for a position as a Senior Historian.

You'll participate in front-line negotiations of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims, and provide historical advice to inform these. You'll be part of a team that assists iwi groups, and develops meaningful redress packages for claimants. We work closely with the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and a range of government departments, contribute to Waitangi Tribunal inquiries, provide advice to assist Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act determinations and support legislation through Parliament. You will be part of a close and collaborative team of historians, have oversight of the work your colleagues are undertaking, and develop your leadership skills by contributing to broader capability of the historian team.

You'll preferably have a master's degree in New Zealand history or associated discipline, or have equivalent research-based professional experience. You'll have well-developed historical research skills, knowledge of Māori history and archival institutions, an understanding of government structures and process, and awareness of tikanga Māori and Māori tribal dynamics. You will demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, negotiate skilfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups, and build constructive relationships. You'll be an effective communicator and develop your leadership skills by mentoring staff and contributing to the broader capability of the office.

It's fascinating, fast-paced work, so if you're adaptable and results-driven then OTS the Office of Treaty Settlements is the place for you.

Salary range: $80,501 - $108,913

To apply, complete the application form, attaching your CV and cover letter. Applications close 2 February 2018.




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