• New role leading implementation support
  • Strategic leadership position
  • Flexible location

Aotearoa – he whenua mana kura mō te tangata,
Making New Zealand Aotearoa the most liveable place in the world. 

The role 

Our executive leadership team – Te Pūrengi – works collectively to deliver multigenerational outcomes for Aotearoa. This means that as Deputy Secretary your portfolio may change from time to time so flexibility is key.  However, this particular portfolio will lead a new function for MfE, developing a meaningful interface between policy and delivery. 

Through this function, our delivery partners will have greater advice and support from us, and in turn our policy will be better informed by what is happening at place. Programmes such as jobs for nature and the new freshwater standards are being led by this function, as well as monitoring and compliance.   

A key priority for the Ministry is Te Ao Māori. This means we work with our Treaty partner to advance Māori priorities for the environment and for environmental success. 

About you 

You will need credibility in environmental or regulatory operations.  Most likely you have been working at the nexus of central and at place delivery eg in regional government, iwi or agricultural contexts.  You will also bring:

  • Senior executive level operational experience in complex regulatory areas.
  • A track record of leading change and optimising delivery in partnership with others.
  • Ability to work in an executive leadership team without silos and prioritise for the greater good.
  • Innovative ways of collaborating and co-creating with stakeholders.
  • A fast paced, action oriented approach.
  • Strong understanding of Māori perspectives, particularly regarding value and use of natural resources.

Our people are already on the journey so come and join us at the Ministry and lead the change you always wanted to lead. 

Ministry for the Environment 

The Ministry’s goal to make New Zealand the most liveable place in the world is a considerable responsibility and one we take seriously.   We tackle the hottest issues that impact on the environment, supporting New Zealand’s prosperity – economic, social and cultural, without compromising our environment for future generations.  

We love innovation and we love to do things differently.  We value our staff and have created an agile work environment to help us mobilise our workforce to address the critical issues that need resolving. 

Our staff are from diverse backgrounds and work in flexible ways, but are all committed to our responsibility as primary advisors to the Government on the environment. 

Further information and how to apply 

Apply directly via the MfE Careers website completing the online application form and submit your CV and cover letter: https://careers.mfe.govt.nz/jobs/Flexible/MFE-1484779

If you require further information on the application process, please contact Amy Tea on 027 435 3000.  

Please note, final shortlist panel interviews will be held on 30 October.

Applications close: Sunday, 18 October 2020


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