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Census Programme Coordinator

Stats NZ
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Canterbury - Christchurch
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • 12 month, full time, fixed term role based in Christchurch.
  • Excellent opportunity to be part of a innovative and vibrant team.
  • Accountable for supporting the 2018 Census Programme and 2023 Census Project.

 Who we are  

At Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa, our vision is to unleash the power of data to change lives.  As New Zealand s official data and statistics agency, we are tasked with leading the way for New Zealand s data future, enabling data-led innovation across society, the economy, and the environment.


The purpose of the role

 We currently have an opening for a Programme Coordinator to join our Enterprise Portfolio Office in Christchurch, on a 12-month fixed term contract, to work with both the 2018 Census Programme team and the 2023 Census Project Team. We are looking for a motivated and experienced person who can provide both administrative and coordination support to our Census programme and project teams, and to ensure that vital documentation, records and files are maintained in order to help us to achieve both a timely and successful delivery of both. This excellent opportunity will provide you with:

  • A key position within a well-established team
  • An opportunity to support some exciting strategic changes
  • And opportunity to play a key role in two high profile programmes/projects
  • A good work-life balance in a fun and exciting environment
  • The opportunity to work with some great people, and contribute to the way we do things


Person specifications 

We are looking for someone who: 

  • Is pro-active and enjoys working collaboratively with people
  • Is highly organised and efficient with regards to setting up meetings, consolidating and distributing papers in a timely manner prior to meetings and ensures follow up actions (writing up and distribution of meeting minutes) have a quick turnaround time
  • Is able to prepare draft monthly programme/project reports and check information in project reviews and be the first point of contact for follow up
  • Is able to monitor, evaluate and report on risks across the programme and at the project level, and where appropriate escalate significant or urgent risks.
  • Has a solid understanding of the need for urgency with specific initiatives and strives to ensure the programme/project teams are equipped with the information needed to move at pace
  • Can communicate effectively across a broad range of audiences 
  • Has a sense of humour and good team spirit


We are looking for a motivated individual with:

  • A good understanding of and experience in working with project management methodologies, practices and tools.
  • Preferred experience in a large scale project environment or Programme Management Office (PMO).
  • Experience in administration and/or coordination.
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with Lotus Notes and i-Lign is also beneficial.
  • A good tertiary academic record.


What s in it for you?   

 You ll be joining an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion or background can come do their best work. Our goal is to provide our staff with a working environment that provides them with the opportunity to:

  • have challenging, varied and interesting work
  • develop and grow their careers
  • balance life and work, and
  • work in an agile, dynamic and flexible manner. 

We care about our people, and value your drive, energy and inquisitive nature. Bottom line, we are in search of real people that don t believe in the status quo and seek to add value every day.

We re also offering a base salary for this role between $65 - $75k,  depending on the skills and experience you bring to the role.  

If you are a passionate and talented person relishes the idea of becoming part of NZ s data ecosystem, then come join our team!


Contact details

If this job sounds like you, click apply. 

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For more information about this role please contact Dr Lyndsey Whelan cell ph: 021511397, or email For more about working for us see 


Applications close:  Tuesday 23rd July, 2019.

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