It’s a time of change at the Ministry of Transport.

Following in-depth consultation both internally  and with key transport partners we have landed a fresh new design and vision to help shape New Zealand’s future.  Transport impacts everyone and MoT is the policy engine room, advising how transport can better the lives of New Zealanders, whether that is enabling driverless cars, contributing to urban and regional development, or contributing to tourism earnings. We are looking to combine our key strengths with new talent to adapt to our environment that is complex and changing at pace!

To really get transport working the way New Zealanders need it to, we know that extensive collaboration will be the key – collaboration with our staff internally, and collaboration with our external transport partners. A small Ministry like ours gives you plenty of opportunity to gain experience and help shape the future.

There’s really no better time to join the Ministry, as we enter a whole new era of transport possibilities. From Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, to driverless cars and electric vehicles, the Ministry is at the forefront, enabling New Zealanders to enjoy new developments, and the environmental, economic and social benefits they bring.

It’s an exciting time for us, and you could be part of it. At the Ministry of Transport, you’ll make a real contribution to shaping how New Zealanders connect with each other and the world.

Senior Adviser, Engagement and Communications

  • Help drive the Ministry’s strategy and priorities
  • Plan communications and engagement programmes to underpin quality policy
  • Develop external communications materials to enhance reputation and brand

Read on if you are an experienced practitioner looking to develop your craft in a positive and supportive team.

Transport is an essential part of life for every New Zealander. It allows us to access economic and social opportunities within New Zealand and across the globe. The Ministry of Transport is the government’s chief policy adviser on transport. The Ministry is a small, collegial agency that lends itself to day-to-day variety. It’s not just about road and rail, transport affects every area of our society and we need to think in broad terms.

We are looking for an experienced engagement and communications senior adviser who will be a key business partner, providing influence and support across our organisation.

Reporting to the Manager, Engagement and Communications you will have a broad-based communications background with a strong understanding of both traditional and innovative communications channels.  You can identify and seize opportunities, are organisational savvy and be action oriented with a successful record of delivery.

Along with excellent writing and face-to-face communication skills, you are known for your proactive, influential and energetic team approach to getting top quality results.

You have experience in identifying stakeholder audiences, advising on how to develop and leverage engagement opportunities, and overseeing programmes of stakeholder engagement activity. You will also have demonstrated expertise in planning, undertaking and evaluating communications and engagement programmes and activities.

You will have a relevant background and qualifications in communication, public relations or journalism, with a minimum of 4-5 years experience, preferably in the government sector. 

To express your interest, please apply through our careers centre including a cover letter and your full CV. For any questions or for more information email

Permanent – Full time

Job no: BMAO80340

Location: Wellington

Closing Date: Monday, 26 February 2018