Senior Engagement and Communications Advisor

Date:  10-Mar-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Make a difference for businesses and consumers
  • Work with advertising agencies to deliver communications campaigns
  • Opportunities for travel
  • Permanent position in Wellington
  • Salary range: $95,103 to $115,585

Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:


Government cyber security agency CERT NZ is looking for a Senior Engagement and Communications Advisor to deliver communications campaigns and create impact.

The role requires an experienced communications and marketing practitioner who has the skills and experience to deliver effective campaigns that support and promote positive cyber security behaviours.

You will work with third party marketing and research agencies to carry out market research projects, develop engagement strategies, oversee campaign development and production, and report on results.

As part of a fun and dedicated team, you will also work with your colleagues on media engagement, social media strategies, website content and publications.

CERT NZ connects across New Zealand as well as globally, and this role offers opportunities for travel and thought leadership in the behaviour change space.

CERT NZ is a branded business unit located within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). With additional resources now available, CERT NZ is ready to create greater impact and assist New Zealanders in staying secure online.  

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

  • Strong writing, editing and oral communications skills, including writing fit-for-purpose content targeted at specific audiences in appropriate channels. 
  • Experience in delivering communications and engagement campaigns, including managing third party agencies such as marketing, advertising and research companies. 
  • An understanding of marketing fundamentals and how to put together successful marketing strategies to achieve change. 
  • The ability to take a strategic, proactive approach to communications and associated stakeholder engagement, and to create strategies that fit with overall organisational and government objectives. 
  • A sound understanding of cyber security or IT is advantageous. 
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or extensive and comparable relevant experience. 
  • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand. 


CERT NZ provides incident response services from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday with 24/7 response to serious cyber incidents. CERT NZ staff may be called upon out of hours in an emergency.

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 Jamie Hutton at quoting ref MBIE/10651 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Monday 27 March 2023