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Senior Advisor

Job details

Manatū Taonga
27 Nov 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage


Mō te tūranga | About the role
You are a senior adviser who can think on your feet, work through ambiguity to drive work forward and manage relationships. You’ll be engaging with applicants directly, supporting them to prepare proposals for funding, completing fund administration tasks; writing approval documents, generating contracts, and monitoring what needs to be delivered against contracts.  You will help create jobs, build skills, foster resilience, and increase wellbeing through greater access to locally produced art and mātauranga Māori.

You must be able to work in a fast-paced, ambiguous and evolving environment, able to understand different perspectives and manage potential risks.  A good understanding of the funding lifecycle and government procurement rules is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

We are seeking candidates who come from a part of the sector we are here to support. You will use your knowledge and expertise to support your team to build their confidence, capability and capacity to support applicants.

You will be working with a great team, who collaborate and support each other. What you may not know about government, the funding lifecycle and government procurement rules, your team in return will support you to build your capability in those areas.

Mōu anō | About you
It is essential you have significant experience working with external stakeholders, and Iwi/Māori, preferably with potential and successful applicants in a funds management environment. You also need:

  • knowledge of New Zealand’s art, culture and heritage sector
  • as a priority stakeholder, an ability to understand and communicate with Iwi/Māori
  • competency in te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori is highly desirable
  • an ability to develop strong project plans and manage the plans through to completion
  • experience in outcome focussed contract management
  • experience in presenting ideas to senior leadership, both in writing and verbally
  • the ability to positively engage with and influence people
  • an ability to contribute to and embrace new and revised ways of working.

Ko wai mātou | About us
Manatū Taonga has a broad mandate and wide reach across a complex system. With around 160 staff, we operate a lean and flat structure, with the added advantage of knowing everyone by name. We embrace diversity and inclusiveness, are passionate about our mahi, and welcome experiences from different sectors to strengthen and support the pou of our whare.

We work in a sector that contributes $11 billion to New Zealand’s GDP over 90,000 jobs, ranging from screen production to symphonies, broadcasting to ballet, kapa haka to heritage, and more. Our mahi helps the government promote our unique cultural identity and Aotearoatanga – from policy to programme delivery. With our partners – Māori, public sector agencies and our funded agencies – we connect local communities to cultural experiences to enrich our mātauranga. Our sector funds and tells stories reflecting who New Zealanders are today, helping us to navigate our future – building an inclusive and cohesive nation we want our tamariki to grow up in and call home.

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How to apply

 Me pēhea te tono | How to apply
For the position description and to apply, click here to be redirected to government jobs.

Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description.

We are looking for the successful applicant to start as soon as possible and you need to be living in New Zealand at the time of applying.

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Applications close 5pm on Sunday, 27 November 2022

Written by

Manatū Taonga

21 Nov 2022