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Manager, Maori Engagement - Sector

NZ Ministry of Justice
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Manager, Māori Engagement (Permanent), Sector Group, National Office


Are you committed to advancing the achievement of improved wellbeing outcomes for Māori?  Do you have experience in leading work with iwi and Māori organisations within a Treaty of Waitangi framework, either within the public service or in the private/NGO sector?  Are you comfortable in both the te ao Māori and te ao hurihuri worlds?  Are you a people leader?

The Ministry of Justice is calling for applications from people with these attributes to lead its newly established Engagement Team (Māori).  The Engagement Team (Māori) will be responsible for both leading engagement with iwi and Māori organisations for the Ministry of Justice, and where appropriate providing advice and support to Ministry business units who wish to lead that engagement themselves.  The team will identify and broker partnering opportunities between the Ministry and Māori and will work with other government agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to our work with the Crown's Treaty partner.

Working to the Director Māori Strategy the Manager Engagement Team (Māori) will update and lead the Ministry's Māori engagement strategy and will develop and lead a high performing and results oriented Engagement Team (Māori).

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and support the Ministry of Justice in advancing our strategic priorities in respect of our responsibilities to Māori.

About the Sector Group:

Sector Group is a multi-disciplinary team that brings together the best of strategy, policy, data analysis, research and evaluation capabilities to inform decision making by justice agency leaders. We support justice agencies to work together to deliver ambitious results for a safe and just New Zealand.

The Māori Engagement Team is part of the Ministry's Sector Group. We support an integrated justice sector to deliver ambitious results, for a safe and just New Zealand.

We are a team of innovation, strategy and insight. You'll have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other agencies and a range of people in the Ministry of Justice.  You'll be exposed to leaders in the organisation and sector and have the opportunity to undertake work for Ministers. You will be challenged and interested by the diverse range of work and will enjoy a busy work programme with real impact.

About the role:

Based in the Sector Group and reporting to the Director Māori Strategy, you will develop and lead a team responsible for engagement with Māori. The team will work collaboratively and constructively with Ministry staff and staff in other agencies to achieve successful policy outcomes that meet Ministers' requirements.

Primarily external facing, with a focus on establishing relationships and partnerships, you will co-lead an engagement framework for iwi and Māori organisations with the Director Māori Strategy. You will broker and facilitate the negotiation of partnership agreements between iwi and the Ministry, and where appropriate the Justice Sector; enabling the Ministry and the wider Justice Sector to honour its Treaty obligations to partner with Māori.

Your team will be responsible for providing written advice and reports to Ministers, supporting the lift of internal Māori engagement capability through the provision of advice and support.

To be successful in the role you will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Business writing, ability to read, understand and interpret complex documents, including legislation, financial, numerical and business information
  • Well developed verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Understanding of te reo and tikanga Māori and tirohanga Māori
  • Experience in working with government and iwi/Māori organisations in both pre and post Treaty of Waitangi settlement contexts
  • Experience in strategy development and implementation
  • Working with senior stakeholders in a large and complex organisation
  • Building and maintaining a range of effective internal and external business relationships and networks and working with key stakeholders
  • Communicating with a wide range of audiences on complex issues
  • Experience which demonstrates application of excellent judgement and problem solving
  • Understanding of public sector systems and processes, including accountability requirements and the use of performance information to inform decision-making

We can offer the opportunity to:

  • Use your knowledge and skills in working and interacting with Māori to support the Ministry in our desire to develop true partnerships with iwi and Māori
  • Help mould the way we work to achieve better results for the future
  • Directly contribute to Justice sector decision-making
  • Be part of a stimulating and intellectually rewarding environment with opportunities to further develop your expertise
  • Work with a smart, dynamic and diverse range of people

Salary range:  $138,885 - $196,030

Joining the Ministry of Justice means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It's important to us that our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.

How to apply

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close Friday 21 February 2020 and must be made through the Ministry of Justice's careers centre.

For more information, please contact Lyndsey Rothwell at


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