Department of Conservation
  • Are you a strategic operator experienced in workforce and organisational design?
  • Do you align with and feel inspired by our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives?
  • New leadership position: perm full fixed term (2 years), Wellington based

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our relationship with our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our work.

We have a new opportunity for a People Strategy Manager to help us achieve our future ambitions through our workforce and organisational design. This role has been created as part of a redesign of work in our Organisational Development Unit and broader People Group; underpinned by our drive to execute an ambitious work programme in an aligned and integrated way.

This 2-year fixed term position will lead a work programme largely focused on landing/integrating our People Strategy, workforce planning and further evolving our organisational design work. As Te Papa Atawhai continues to bring to life it’s ‘working with others’ operating model, lining the organisation up behind it is critical. This role will support Te Papa Atawhai with that endeavour.

He angitūtanga | About the Role

The People Strategy Manager’s role is to realise our future ambition through the ongoing evolution and development of our workforce, including how we plan for and attract the capability and skills we will need, and develop diverse and effective pathways to employment in conservation work. We are looking for a highly collaborative and strategic thinker.

Leading a small team, this role will require the ability to lead through influence and provide credible thought leadership to the organisation. You will lead the organisational design of Te Papa Atawhai’s functions and structure to support our strategy, including the design of roles critical to achieving our desired future. You will also develop and maintain Te Papa Atahwai’s workforce strategy and workforce planning tools and implement workforce plans for each group.

He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for:

  • A strategic thinker with experience in leading strategic workforce planning, workforce transformation and strategy, and organisational design in medium to large sized organisations;
  • Knowledge of strategic workforce and succession planning frameworks, guidelines and processes;
  • Experience in designing comprehensive, data driven approaches to managing workforce capability and capacity with the future of work in mind;
  • Knowledge and understanding of people policies, processes and systems;
  • A strong track record of building strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels – enabled by outstanding influencing skills;
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to deliver crucial business insights across a range of stakeholders.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What’s in it for you?

We offer a fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. You would be joining a passionate workforce in a role that contributes to strategic and meaningful mahi. This is a key leadership role where you will be working closely with senior leaders across Te Papa Atahwai to help us take a future-focused approach to our workforce.

We make flexibility work and offer a range of options depending on the needs of the role and its work context. Te Papa Atawhai is committed to building a workplace where our differences are recognised, respected and embraced. Our organisation’s success is dependent on our people feeling valued for their differences, empowered to contribute, and respected for what they bring to their role.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Keen to jump aboard the waka at Te Papa Atawhai to shape and integrate our People Strategy? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) online at  that describes your interest and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.

Applications will close 5pm on Sunday 12 September 2021.

For more information or to arrange a time to discuss the role please contact Melissa Keane

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.


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