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Principal Advisor Operations - Wellington

Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2022

Work type

Permanent - full time



Close date

Mon, 10 Oct 2022

About the role | Mō tēnei tūranga mahi 

This is a fantastic opportunity to help lead the operations group at the Electoral Commission and collaborate directly with the Operations Deputy Chief Executive through leading projects, providing strategic advice and thought leadership.

What you'll be doing | He aha tāu e mahi ana

You will be working within the Operations group which incorporates the Electoral Commission's front-office functions, which are accountable for the delivery of initiatives to enable the public information, education, enrolment, and vote processes for the Electoral Commission. These functions are highly operationally aligned, so they are grouped together to drive collaboration, alignment, and integrated delivery of key outcomes.

Key responsibilities | Ko tāu e whakarato ai

  • Provide Strategic advice and guidance to the rest of the organsiation relating to the operations group.
  • Manage and coordinate using, high quality, evaluative thinking and evidence informed analysis and strategic advice
    • The development, execution, and delivery of operations group strategy.
    • The annual business planning process and its linkage to financial forecasting, management, and reporting
    • Coordinate and prepare budget bis, as required.
    • Performance and monitoring frameworks
    • Key policy advice on projects and papers
    • Support the management of cross-agency governance arrangements and relationship management.

What you'll need to succeed | Ko ngā mea ka hiahiatia e koe kia angitū

  • At least 5 years' experience in a senior advisory role.
  • Significant experience providing advice on complex matters to leadership teams and/ or Ministers.
  • An awareness of economic, social, and governmental influences, the political environment and other agencies and groups likely to impact on the Commission.
  • Experience in strategy formulation and/or outcome development, performance measurement, planning and reporting.
  • Experience in relationship management, demonstrated by establishment and maintenance of a range of effective networks across and within organisations.

 About the Electoral Commission | Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri

The Electoral Commission wants every New Zealander to trust, value and take part in parliamentary elections.  Here's your chance to contribute to New Zealand's democracy as part of a small team of electoral experts who design, build, and implement processes and systems for Parliamentary elections and referenda.  It's an exciting and varied role within a team which is committed, supportive and hands-on.

Why join the Electoral Commission?

The Commission is building an inclusive strength focused culture where diversity is encouraged and valued and we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations and identities.  We want to provide a flexible working environment where everyone feels valued and supported.  We are happy to discuss what works for you. You will join a team who are here for the right reasons, and we are passionate about what we do. 

What's next? | He aha e whai ake nei

To apply please click on this link. 

For more information | Mo he pātai anō 

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact

You must be legally allowed to work in New Zealand.

All new employees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide a copy of their My Vaccine Pass (MVP) when accepting an offer of employment with the Commission. If an MVP is not provided, we will assume you are not vaccinated and this may impact the work you are able to perform for the Electoral Commission

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