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Senior Advisor Media

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Communications, media, & marketing
Wellington City
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Senior Advisor Media – 2 Year Fixed Term


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk, the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe and suitable for us all to consume, and our natural resources are sustainable!


In July 2017, the bacterial infection Mycoplasma Bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island. With the support of farmers, industry bodies and local communities, MPI is working hard to locate the disease, contain it and eradicate it from New Zealand. 


We have established a new directorate specifically to support M.bovis eradication. The purpose of the directorate is to sustain the intensity of work over a longer term, and allow the response to transition to a core service delivery model that can be managed in a sustainable way. 


The role of Senior Advisor Media is to lead the M.Bovis directorate's media management by effectively managing media inquiries and identifying positive proactive media opportunities.


As the Senior Advisor Media you will be the main point of contact for the news media, you will work with journalists to respond to queries and assist with securing interviews, site visits and photo/video opportunities. You will work with the response partners to develop and co-ordinate media campaigns supporting the M.Bovis response, ensuring message consistency with the wider MPI communications and media team. You will be a highly skilled communicator with the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships.


Do you have what it takes to be successful in this role?  Can you demonstrate expertise in:


  • Experience in media relations and public education campaigns
  • Experience and knowledge of the news media and its needs, perspectives and operating principles
  • Experience in both operational and strategic communications
  • High level stakeholder management and relationship building with national and local media
  • Advanced skills in writing and editing communications material
  • Negotiating, influencing and problem solving skills
  • Delivering quality material on time and within budget


At MPI we are open to requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need and we will explore what's possible for the role.


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.


To arrange a confidential discussion about the role, please contact the M.Bovis recruitment team on


To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.


The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance. Please visit for more information.


Applications for this role close on 25 October 2018.


MPI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career. We actively encourage applications from any background.

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