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20/128 Principal Advisor Official Correspondence

Department of Internal Affairs
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Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington
Business Group: Regulatory Services
Branch: Policy, Regulation and Communities
Salary: $87,699 $118,652 


  • Opportunity to provide leadership in the day-to-day management of requests under Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) and other official correspondence for the Regulatory Services Group in the Department of Internal Affairs
  • Bring your extensive experience and knowledge of the legislative framework and best practice to a diverse and complex environment with plenty of interest and challenge
  • Be part of a growing, dynamic, modern regulator that is looking to make a difference in the lives of New Zealanders.

At the Department of Internal Affairs, our purpose is to serve and connect people, communities and government to build a safe, prosperous and respected nation.  In other words, it s all about helping to make New Zealand a better place for people who live here. 

We do this through our four outcome areas:

  • People can easily access the services and information they need
  • Iwi, hapū and communities across New Zealand are safe, resilient and thriving
  • People's sense of belonging and collective memory builds an inclusive New Zealand
  • New Zealand is a well-functioning democracy across central and local government

As one of the Government s larger regulators, the Regulatory Services Group aims to minimise harm and maximise benefits in three regulatory systems: anti-money laundering and countering financing terrorism, gambling, and digital safety.  We are a responsive risk-based regulator that uses innovation and collaboration to maximise our impact to achieve outcomes for New Zealand communities.

We are looking for a Principal Advisor Official Correspondence to join the Accountability team.  This is a senior role with responsibility for ensuring the Regulatory Services Group meets all requirements relating to official correspondence, with a special focus on the OIA. You will lead the provision of high-quality, fit-for-purpose advice to decision-makers, preparing information and drafting responses.  You will provide professional leadership, coaching and mentoring to a Business Advisor and others involved in OIA/OC processes, fostering continuous improvement and growth in capability in the team and wider RS Group.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Considerable hands-on experience at a senior level in managing all aspects of the OIA/OC functions, including delivering intellectually rigorous, legally sound advice that considers risks and management approaches, preparing responses in complex or sensitive areas and ensuring simple, effective processes to support smooth and timely delivery
  • Mature relationship management and communication skills that you have developed through building effective working relationships at all levels within an organisation 
  • Experience and genuine enthusiasm for coaching and mentoring others in building their capability in the OIA/OC function
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuously improving and learning in OIA/OC best practices and promoting and building awareness of the role of the OIA in the broader accountability framework
  • A thorough understanding of the machinery of government and broader public sector environment

If you are looking for a challenging and exciting role where the work you do matters to people and communities across New Zealand we would love to hear from you.


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Applications close: 5pm, Friday 17 April 2020
For more information please contact: Alex Thursby,
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