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Chief Policy Advisor - National Leader's Office

Parliamentary Service
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Fixed Term Contract
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The National Leaders Office has an outstanding opportunity for a talented Policy Advisor to work at the very highest levels of our Parliamentary team. This is a chance for an ambitious Senior Policy Professional to take their career to a new level and experience working in the engine-room of the political process in an exciting, fast-paced and influential role.

The successful applicant will support the National Leader and MPs by helping set and implement National's strategy across a range of portfolios, analysing and developing responses to government policy announcements, and supporting the development of National's overall policy platform.

The Chief Policy Advisor will manage the Policy team's work programme and take overall responsibility for delivering a comprehensive policy programme. The Policy team also respond to daily requests for analysis and advice, so the Chief Policy Advisor needs to have strong management skills, be highly organised and to ensure the team consistently works to a high standard.

Excellent analytical skills, a demonstrated track record in policy development, familiarity with financial and economic drivers and the ability to develop solutions to complex policy issues are critical to this role.

This is a busy, full-time role, so the ability to prioritise competing demands and work collaboratively are essential. Some flexibility in hours will be required and the role will involve some domestic travel.

The Chief Policy Advisor reports directly to the Chief of Staff.

Essential knowledge and skills for the role:

  • Staff management experience and a track record of working in high-performing teams
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills - able to come up to speed quickly with new issues, examine them from all sides, and recommend a proposed evidence-based solution
  • Very strong written communication ability, complemented with sound numerical skills
  • Political acumen and a good understanding of the New Zealand parliamentary environment, as well as party policies and positions

This is an events-based, fixed-term role.

To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter the job code 21722GJ.

Applications close at 5.00pm Monday, 2 September 2019.

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