Principal Engagement and Communications Advisor

Date:  19 May 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Help build New Zealand's future
  • Deliver communications about issues that really matter and make a difference to New Zealanders - as part of high performing Engagement and Communications team
  • Permanent and fixed-term principal roles supporting an exciting range of portfolios
  • $112,856 - $138,028 + Kiwisaver

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


An awesome opportunity has arisen for permanent and fixed term Principal Engagement and Communications Advisors to join MBIE's Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services Branch.


One of these roles you will support communications initiatives across a wide range of operational areas spanning emergency response, temporary accommodation, tenancy, employment, consumer affairs, business, building, and several regulators amongst an extremely diverse portfolio of work in the Te Whakatairanga Service Delivery group in MBIE. 


In the other two roles – one permanent, one fixed term covering parental leave - you will be supporting our work in the high-profile Immigration portfolio by delivering high-level strategic communications advice and services. 

You will work with a broad variety of stakeholders, including Ministers' offices, the media and external counterparts in other public services agencies. You will need to be people focused and thrive under pressure and have a proactive approach wanting to deliver best practice communication solutions. 


Customers are our focus. We want to make it easy for people to feel educated and informed of their rights and responsibilities. So we’d love you to help us share these stories and help make a difference for all Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • You will have strong communications experience and bring an innovative and proactive approach to delivering best practice communication solutions.
  • You will also have experience working in the role of trusted advisor, bringing excellent relationship management skills and senior communications experience.
  • You will be a strategic thinker, with the ability to identify and respond to emerging strategic issues, able to see issues through a range of lenses and perspectives and identify connections between potential projects and issues.


The work is interesting, meaningful and rewarding.  You will work with smart and dedicated professionals in a people-focused environment, making a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders and to the future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

  • Experience as a senior communications professional and able to think on your feet, manage effectively, show leadership and demonstrate best practice
  • The ability to quickly establish and build strong working relationships and to develop trust and credibility with senior managers, staff and key internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding of Government decision-making and operating procedures
  • Deep experience in issues and risk management, proactive planning, multi-media and digital communications
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with the ability to communicate complex issues clearly, succinctly, and with influence, and be able to adapt styles to suit different channels and audiences. 
  • A proactive, can-do attitude with a high level of initiative, sound judgement and discretion.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:


MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.


People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.


  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.


E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to Apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process and include a Cover Letter and CV outlining your interest and suitability for the role. 


Email Monica Chow at quoting ref MBIE/11764 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Sunday 4 June 2023