Policy Manager

Te Waihanga is tasked with improving the lives of New Zealanders through better infrastructure, and we all play a role in this mission. We are looking for a results-driven, pragmatic Policy Manager on a full-time, fixed basis term through to December 2022.

Te Waihanga has been asked to lead a significant part of Resource Management Reform. This transformative project will ensure the new system gives clear direction from central government about how infrastructure will be enabled in a timely, more certain and cost-efficient way, while also protecting the natural environment. 

The Policy Manager will be responsible for managing a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that the policy development process is robust and the project is meeting its key time and quality criteria. The Policy Manager will also be responsible for reporting progress to the Ministers for Infrastructure and the Environment, Te Waihanga’s Board and the Ministry for the Environment and Te Waihanga Leadership Teams. 


He pūkenga tou / Skills and experience

  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience applying policy analysis skills within a central government context
  • Experience briefing ministers in a way that is clear, concise, timely, proactive and attuned to the issues ministers face
  • Well-developed general project management skills
  • Experience leading complex projects and diverse project teams
  • Highly developed communication skills and the ability to work efficiently and constructively with a range of stakeholders
  • The ability to oversee and direct the work of a diverse team in a way that is collegial and focused on the end-result
  • Comfortable dealing with ambiguity and pushing for results with incomplete information and tight timeframes
  • Pragmatism, flexibility and the ability to adapt the approach to changing circumstances where needed
  • Experience in engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Te Ao Māori, tikanga and Te Reo Māori is preferred (although not essential)
  • Familiarity with delivering infrastructure projects in a resource consenting contextalso preferred (although not essential). 


Mō te tīma / About our team

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga is an autonomous Crown entity with a long-term objective to deliver a step change in New Zealand’s planning and delivery of infrastructure, it’s systems and settings. We are responsible to the Minister for Infrastructure and monitored by the Treasury.

We are passionate about transforming infrastructure for all New Zealanders. In te reo Māori, ‘waihanga’ means a cornerstone, or to make, create, develop, build, construct, or generate. The name Te Waihanga describes our commitment to shaping New Zealand’s future through infrastructure planning and investment.

Te Waihanga is an exciting place to work, with large scope for your own development and growth. Joining Te Waihanga means you will become part of an inclusive organisation that values you and the communities we serve. It's our promise to ensure our workplace is one where our people feel healthy and safe, supported and able to be themselves at work. We value respect as the foundation for building a positive workplace culture and one where diversity is welcomed and celebrated.


Tono mai / How to Apply

If you are interested in being part of the critically important work Te Waihanga deliver for Aotearoa, please read through the position description on Te Waihanga’s website and get in touch. 

To apply for this role, please visit https://www.tewaihanga.govt.nz/about-us/vacancies/(external link). For More information, please contact Rob Addison, Chief Policy Advisor (rob.addison@tewaihanga.govt.nz). Applications close on 5pm Thursday 28 October.



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