Senior Partnerships Advisor – Department of Conservation – Christchurch

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We have an exciting opportunity available to join the Partnerships Group as our next Senior Partnerships Advisor. The Partnerships Group’s work is about connecting people, aligning work programmes, testing and scaling up successful ideas, leveraging investment, and sharing our expertise to achieve conservation goals.

We are looking for a dedicated and collaborative individual to join our team who feels inspired, day in day out and connected to our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives.

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.

He angitūtanga: About the Role

This role purpose is to provide expert policy and operational advice.

The successful applicant will be part of a team that plays a significant and influential part to help determine DOC’s future South Island high country strategies, to support the Crown’s long-term stewardship of pastoral land. We work closely with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) who manage the tenure of 1.2 million hectares of Crown Pastoral land.

He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for:

We want to hear from you if you:

  • Thrive on being part of a trusted, supportive and cohesive team;
  • Can influence others and bring differing points of view together to work constructively and collaboratively on contentious topics, sharing knowledge and providing guidance, support and advice;
  • Can naturally build and maintain constructive working relationships within DOC and with key external stakeholders;
  • Have the ability to prioritise sensitive pieces of work to meet tight deadlines, while managing expectations and risks;
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgement;
  • Have a proven strength in critical thinking and verbal reasoning.

Specialist skills and experience required:

  • A policy related degree or at least 5 years operational policy experience, preferably in the high-country sector;
  • Experienced and comfortable forming practical and solution focussed advice on policy, legislation and legal directions, and developing these into operational strategies and processes;
  • Highly developed communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly, in a variety of communication settings and styles, both written and verbal;
  • Understanding of relevant legislation including the Crown Pastoral Land Act and impacts on operational processes;
  • Politically savvy, with a thorough understanding of the machinery of Government and demonstrated knowledge of political administrative processes and structure.

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

A fantastic supportive and collaborative working environment. Being the multiple award winner of the most attractive employer in the public sector (and second overall) with an average turnover beyond 10 years, we know people generally really enjoy working with us!

We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

We highly value the new expertise and fresh perspectives brought into the organisation. This is your chance to contribute to our culture of continuous improvement.

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

Please apply online via the DOC Careers Centre with a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements above.

For any enquiry, please contact David Rhodes on 0272492592 or at, quoting vacancy 300/8702.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 7 May 2021.

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.


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