Senior Engagement and Communications Advisor

Date:  23 May 2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE



  • Be the connector, the innovator, the risk navigator, the story teller
  • 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 roles supporting a range of key portfolios
  • Flexible working environment
  • Salary steps: $95k - 115k plus kiwisavers and wellness benefits


Tēnei tūranga - About the Role:

We are looking for top notch communications professionals for permanent and  fixed-term opportunities within MBIE's Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services Branch.

The Engagement and Communications team is at the hub of our media and stakeholder interactions. You will be collaborative, people-focused and thrive under pressure and in a fast-paced environment. You will be innovative in your approach to delivering best practice, customer-focused communications and engagement services. Working as part of a great team of advisors, you will be encouraged and supported to contribute to the excellent communications service we deliver to the Ministry and our external stakeholders.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana -

Skills and Experience Required

To be successful in this role, you will have: 

  • Experience as a senior communications professional who is able to think on your feet, work under pressure and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong experience in delivering multi-faceted internal engagement and communications projects
  • The ability to establish and build strong working relationships with senior managers, staff and key internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the Machinery of Government (Ministers’ offices, ministerial and government processes)
  • A good understanding of the New Zealand media environment
  • 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/11852 if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 12th June 2023.