Senior Engagement and Communications Advisor

Date:  23 May 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011 Christchurch, NZ, 8013 Auckland, NZ, 1010




  • Be a risk navigator
  • Be a creator of conversations
  • Be a connector
  • Be the source of new ideas
  • Permanent opportunity, role can be based in Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch
  • Salary Range: $95k - 115k plus kiwisaver and wellness benefits


Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:

The MBIE Communications and Ministerial Services branch is working on some ambitious goals, including striving to become the highest performing team in the public sector. We are looking for a diverse range of people to fill a wide range of positions to help us get there, while also making a real difference for New Zealanders.

We need a senior communications advisor to support the Building, Resources and Markets Group.


This role will primarily support the Small Business, Commerce and Consumer Policy portfolios, and the Digital, Communications and Transformation portfolios. You’ll be working with teams at the forefront of improving competition in the supermarket sector, ensuring financial institutions such as banks and insurers treat their customers fairly, supporting the roll-out of 5G across Aotearoa, improving our digital connectivity so people living in rural areas can access mobile and internet services, helping to grow and diversify our unique digital technologies sector and making sure the right regulatory settings are in place so our businesses can flourish.


We also have a second role going, working mainly with the Building System Performance branch, looking at updates to the Building Code, building system reform, how New Zealand can build to adapt and mitigate for climate change, and a work programme focussing on seismic risk. 


These two roles are part of a wider communications team who are helping to deliver better social outcomes through government procurement and transition Aotearoa New Zealand to a lower emissions economy, all while finding ways to tell MBIE’s story of how we are growing Aotearoa for all.


Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -


We need you to be able to:

  • think on your feet, work under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • develop, design and deliver comprehensive communications strategies
  • help manage our media relationships and have a sound understanding of the media landscape
  • build strong working relationships with senior managers, minister’s offices and subject matter experts
  • work with our fantastic multi-media, marketing, design and digital channel gurus to create meaningful content that reaches the right people
  • know about Government decision-making and operating procedures
  • be proactive, positive, bring great ideas to the table, have sound judgement and discretion.


Ideally you’ll also have more than five years’ experience in creating and delivering internal and external communications strategies and supporting material.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - Why be at MBIE?


MBIE is an incredibly diverse organisation. We share a commitment to growing Aotearoa New Zealand for all. We create opportunities for our people to gain experience in different parts of our organisation.


Our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

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


We are committed to providing more flexible ways of working so our people can work in a way that best suits them, their work and their life. That includes giving our people more choice about when, how, and where they work.

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/11866 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm, on Tuesday 6th June 2023.