Senior Adviser – Accountability & Correspondence

  • Small friendly central government agency located on the Wellington waterfront
  • Up to 2 flexible WFH days per week | Additional Ministry leave and wellbeing days
  • Wellington CBD office based - Scenic waterfront location on Queens Wharf 
  • Perm full time (38 hours working week) 


He kupu mō mātou Te Manatū Waka | About Ministry of Transport

Te Manatū Waka, Ministry of Transport, is the system leader for the transport sector whether it’s on land, at sea, in the air, or connecting Aotearoa to the world. We are the government’s principal adviser on transport policy, regulation and investment and play a crucial role in ensuring the transport system is working to improve the prosperity for New Zealanders.

Our key responsibilities include providing policy advice to Government including developing investment and regulatory settings, legislative advice and Crown agency governance, accountability and performance. 

At Te Manatū Waka, we pride ourselves on being a small, agile, and friendly Ministry, which maintains a culture that is collaborative, bold, and invested. We are a small agency with approximately 250 staff across our Wellington and Auckland offices.


Ngā whakamārama mō te tūnga | About the opportunity

The Accountability and Correspondence team are a welcoming and collaborative team, providing strategic and operational guidance, advice and support in the areas of government accountability documents and processes. This includes the OIA’s, Ministerials, output plans, business planning and reporting processes.

As the Senior Advisor, you will work closely with the Manager in the allocation of the incoming work and with the Principal Advisers to track and monitor the progress of work programmes and deadlines.  

Key responsibilities include.

  • Providing expert advice to the team and wider Ministry on the standards and delivery of services to the Ministers such as briefings, correspondence, answers to written Parliamentary Questions.
  • Leading and supporting the delivery of Weekly Reports to Ministers
  • Contributing to the development and continuous improvement of processes, tools and frameworks
  • Leading engagement with some delivery agencies, stakeholders and government agencies around handling shared work
  • Providing guidance and on-the-job training and coaching to more junior team members

You’ll enjoy working in a fast-paced environment as well as on longer-term work programmes, looking out for ways we can improve and working with staff across the Ministry at various levels.

This is a new role, established recently when Te Manatū Waka implemented a new structure and operating model to position is to support the Government to deliver its priorities.


Te wāhi ki a koe | What you’ll bring

  • Solid experience and understanding of machinery of government and how to work across government departments, agencies and with Ministers’ offices
  • Experience managing the flow of official correspondence and a practical understanding of Official Information Act requirements and processes
  • Demonstrated organisational, prioritisation and time management skills
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills

This is great opportunity for someone seeking a change a scenery and to work with a friendly team in our scenic waterfront offices, or for someone ready to take their relevant experience to the next level.

Whānuitanga Utu ā-Tau | Salary range

The salary budget is $108,126 – $115,732 per annum. The salary offered will be based on your skills and experience.


Te wāhi ki a mātou | What we offer

  • Small, friendly, supportive work environment within a flat structure
  • A supportive Leader as well as on-going development and training opportunities
  • Exposure to the accountability and correspondence requirements of the wider Ministry
  • Additional Ministry leave days, wellbeing days and volunteer day
  • Laptop, mobile and WFH equipment
  • A range of health and wellbeing benefits including an annual wellness payment
  • Modern offices located on Wellington’s scenic waterfront with collaborative working spaces, showers, storage for bicycles/scooters and personal lockers
  • A welcoming employee network such as the Māori and Pasifika, Wāhine, and Rainbow networks as well as the PSA and Eco Groups

Me pēhea te tono mai | How to apply

To view the job description or apply online including a cover letter and CV click Apply.

Applications close midnight, Sunday 3 March 2024.

For further information or to speak confidentially, in the first instance please contact Rebeca Bakker, Senior Recruitment Adviser at or on 022 014 5419.  

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds, orientations and identities. We aim to have a Ministry that represents the wider Aotearoa that we serve. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels relevant, valued, supported and a sense of belonging.

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Please note unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

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Permanent – Full time

Job no: BMAJ41152

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Sunday, 3 March 2024