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Policy Manager, Infrastructure, Places and Partnerships

Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

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Job Description

  • Opportunity to help transform New Zealand's housing market
  • Ambitious programme of policy work focused on creating thriving communities
  • Critical relationship management role with key stakeholders
  • Help shape the work programme and culture of a newly-formed team


We want to grow New Zealand for all New Zealanders – for our communities, our families and our children – to make New Zealand a place where we can all prosper.  These aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

To help us achieve this goal, we are looking for an experienced Policy Manager to provide intellectual leadership and management of the new Infrastructure, Places and Partnerships team within the Housing and Urban Branch of MBIE. 


About the Branch

Our branch plays a lead role in providing advice to government and delivering programmes focussed on the housing systems and urban performance.  Our activities to achieve this include: 

  • Understanding how our housing and construction markets and our urban systems are operating, and where the biggest challenges and opportunities lie
  • Planning for growth and change: addressing system-wide barriers to responsive housing supply and dynamic urban development
  • Delivering targeted interventions for the provision of housing, infrastructure and place-based development
  • Supporting diversity, choice, quality and safety in housing and tenure options 

The functions of this branch will transfer to the new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, adding to the exciting opportunity to shape the future policy agenda in this area.


The role

The role is responsible for leading a new policy team focused on: understanding and improving the way infrastructure provision supports housing and urban development in New Zealand; creating a policy framework for identifying opportunities for housing and urban projects; and developing dynamic and enduring relationships with key stakeholders such as iwi and local councils to help create thriving communities.

We strive to provide sound, timely and high quality housing policy analysis and advice on a wide range of housing and urban issues that may impact a variety of social, cultural and economic outcomes.  To do this we work closely with Ministers, other central government agencies, local government, iwi, and the private sector.

 The role will include:

  • Driving the policy direction of the team and associated work programme
  • Supporting the development of a new team's culture and capability
  • Proactively managing a range of significant stakeholders including establishing working relationships with Ministers, local government, iwi and sector leaders.
  • Contributing to cross-Branch and cross-Group strategy development
  • Actively examining the team's contribution to the wider Ministry and be able to clearly articulate the value added to policy development across MBIE.
  • Engaging and motivating staff. 

If you are an experienced policy manager looking to apply your skills in a new and exciting area of policy work, are up for a challenge and enjoy working in a high-profile, fast-paced environment, then we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this role further with you. 


How to apply:

Click on the APPLY button below to view a position description, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Peter van de Merwe at quoting reference number MBIE/1333245 if you have any further questions.


Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 1st July 2018.

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