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Advisor/Senior Advisor Security

Ministry of Social Development
Job Category:
Security Services
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
Posted Date:
Closing Date:
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Job Specification

PD - Senior Security Advisor.doc (Word, 128KB)
Job Specification

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Job Description

About the Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the social sector.  We help the Government to set priorities across the sector, co-ordinate the actions of other social sector agencies and track changes in the social wellbeing of New Zealanders.  


About our Team

The Health, Safety and Security (HSS) group supports the Ministry's managers and staff to put health, safety and security at the heart of everything they do.  We are responsible for the design, development and deployment of programmes and initiatives that support and strengthen the Ministry's HSS culture, as well as providing technical expertise and support to frontline teams and health and safety committees.


About the Role

The Advisor Security is responsible for supporting the Senior Advisor Security to monitor the entire security eco-system within the Ministry and assist in the design, development and implementation of sound security strategies, policies, standards and measures for the Ministry. 


The Senior Advisor Security acts as the Ministry's key subject matter expert for Security and is responsible for monitoring the entire security eco-system and assisting in the design, development and implementation of sound security strategies, policies, standards and measures for the Ministry.  You will work with Regional HSS Advisors to coordinate security inspections of the Ministry's premises and assessing the effectiveness and suitability of the Ministry's security features to ensure they are relevant, fit-for-purpose and effectively mitigate any potential risk.  This includes making recommendations to improve/enhance the Ministry's security eco-system.


Skills and Experience

To be successful in either role, you will need:

  • extensive knowledge and experience in security (preferably in the public sector or a large and complex national organisation)
  • experience in security in a service-oriented office environment, including security surveys and inspections, policy formulation and investigation of security breaches
  • sound technical knowledge of electronic security systems and proper installation of these systems, including access control, intruder alarms, closed circuit television
  • sound knowledge of security equipment, monitoring, maintenance and security guard services and related costs is essential
  • knowledge of current legislation relating to security (e.g. crimes, trespass and privacy) is essential
  • a relevant tertiary qualification (and/or equivalent experience).


Depending on your experience, we will appoint at either the Advisor or Senior Advisor level.


How to Apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description.


All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at


Applications close: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

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