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Advisor / Senior Advisor

State Services Commission
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Work in a small organisation at the centre of New Zealand's Public Service
  • Lead high-profile end-to-end work, closely advising senior leaders
  • Opportunity to be a changemaker and implement new ways of doing things


The State Services Commission (SSC) leads the public sector to make a positive difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders. 


The System and Agency Performance Group (SAPG) provides critical support to the State Services Commission so that it can lead and influence improvements across the State sector. We provide analysis and advice on agency and system performance.  We lead the management of Public Service Chief Executive recruitment, remuneration, performance, development and succession, the Commission's engagement with Crown entities at a strategic level and about Crown entity chief executive remuneration. We also manage Chief Executive disclosures on remuneration and expenses; and the Cabinet Fees Framework.    


We have four vacancies for Advisors or Senior Advisors in SAPG, aligned to the following portfolios: 

  • 2 X Advisor/Senior Advisor: Chief Executive Development, Appointment and Remuneration 
  • 1 X Advisor/Senior Advisor: Performance, Analysis and Advice 
  • 1 X Advisor/Senior Advisor: Crown Entity Engagement, Fees and Disclosures. 


The attached Position Description outlines the key accountabilities and expectations for each of these roles.  


These are full-time roles however, we are open to discussing what flexible working arrangements might work for both you and us.


What we can offer  

  • The chance to work in a small organisation at the centre of New Zealand's Public Service. You will be able to gain an insight into, and participate in work that influences, the whole State sector.  
  • Exposure to senior leaders, both within SSC and externally.  At times you will be leading high-profile end-to-end work, closely advising the State Services Commissioner, Deputy State Services Commissioner, SSC Leadership Team and Assistant Commissioners.  
  • The opportunity to be a changemaker and implement new ways of doing things.  
  • A fun, busy and high performing team environment.  


What we are looking for 

To be successful in these roles you will: 

  • be a strong strategic and analytical thinker 
  • have demonstrated project management skills and the ability to lead work 
  • be an agile professional who can juggle multiple tasks and priorities with good judgement 
  • be keen to progress our current ways of working and thinking 
  • have strong written and oral communication and relationship management skills, and 
  • have discretion and tact to handle confidential information.   


In your application, please let us know whether you are applying for an Advisor or Senior Advisor role, and if you have a preference to which portfolio(s) you would like to work in.   


If you would like to discuss these roles, please contact either Geraldine Needham-Girven ( or Josh Blackmore (


We believe in a diverse and inclusive Public Service which reflects the communities that we serve.


You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this job.  


Please note that all applicants are required to apply via 


Please submit your application by or on: Monday, 22 July 2019.

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