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Kaitātari Kaupapa/Senior Policy Advisor

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    05 September 2021

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

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Exciting Senior Policy Advisor opportunity

  • Permanent position with Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
  • Work on issues at the heart of Aotearoa NewZealanders' wellbeing
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi grounded organisation

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

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission opened its doors on 9 February 2021. Our role is to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Aotearoa.

Our Wellbeing System Leadership and Insights Directorate has a significant work programme, which includes:

  • critically assessing, monitoring, and reporting on what's happening for peoples' wellbeing, including what needs to change
  • influencing government agencies and the wider social sector to improve outcomes, particularly for Māori and people with shared experience of inequity or poor outcomes
  • advocating for improvement of services and the sector
  • engaging with communities and providers to understand and advocate for their needs, and highlight what's working for communities.
  • advocating for the collective interests of people with lived experience of mental distress or addiction (or both), and the people, family and whānau who support them.

We are looking for a Senior Policy Advisor with strong critical thinking skills, a thirst for understanding and getting to the bottom of 'what's happening', research experience, and advanced writing skills. We are particularly interested in applications from those with policy or research experience within the social sector.

This is a great time to join our small team and contribute to improving wellbeing for Māori, for our priority population groups, and for all people living in Aotearoa.

We are an organisation committed to being grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and fulfilling our responsibility as an independent Crown entity to work in partnership with Māori.

We are actively seeking applications from people who represent our priority populations, and we encourage people with personal experience of a mental health or addiction recovery journey to apply.

To apply for our role, please visit our website and download the position description and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 5 September 2021.