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Communications Advisor - Kaitohu Whakapa

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    25 March 2022

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

  • Contact:

Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

Fixed-term to 30 June 2023, 40 hours per week

Wellington based.

Do you thrive in an environment where you can be part of shaping something new? Are you looking for a new role that will have a positive impact on the lives of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand?

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission brings leadership and oversight to the transformation of our mental health and addiction system, and contributes to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Aotearoa.

This is a fixed-term position supporting our Principal Communications Advisor in the development and implementation of our strategic communications plan for the Commission. You will be part of a team advising and supporting the Board and Chief Executive with our brand approach, organisation awareness, and media management strategies.

The ideal candidate will be confident in proactive media work and have demonstrated an ability in promoting information to the public. You will also bring general communications skills and be willing to roll your sleeves up and write communications products as needed, or handle media enquiries.

The position covers a breadth of activities so you can look forward to a varied role.

You will have the following:

  • Public sector experience in a strategic communications position
  • Knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Māori tikanga and Māori environments
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in diverse cultural contexts
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex issues clearly
  • A problem-solver who delivers results in a highly pressurised environment
  • An understanding of or experience in working in the field of mental health is desirable
  • A tertiary qualification in a communications-related discipline or relevant experience in the field

The Commission offers flexible working arrangements and actively supports further development for all staff.

We are a small organisation and key to your success will be your flexibility and desire to help across the team while being able to self-manage the delivery of your work.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi-grounded organisation, we are committed to fulfilling our responsibility as an independent Crown Entity to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and work in partnership with Māori as tangata whenua.

We want our workforce to be a reflection of our communities across Aotearoa and are actively seeking applications from people who represent that diversity.

To apply, please go to our website where you can download the position description and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 12pm Friday, 25 March 2022.