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Principal Advisor Communications

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    26 September 2021

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

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  • Broad role leading all communications and media management
  • Work on issues at the heart of Aotearoa New Zealanders' 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 New Zealand.

Reporting to the Director Corporate Services, the Principal Advisor Communications is a key role with responsibility for leading the ongoing development and implementation of our strategic communications plan. You will advise and support the Board and Chief Executive with our brand approach, organisation awareness and media management strategies.

Being part of a small team, this position gives you a rare opportunity to operate at a senior level across all facets of communications and media management. Your expertise in developing and implementing successful communication initiatives will help build the foundations that enable and influence transformation of the mental health and wellbeing system - now and into the future.

To be successful in this role we are looking for someone who has the following:

  • Public sector experience in strategic communications and managing at the political interface
  • Experience of providing advice at a Chief Executive/Leadership team level
  • Knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Mâori tikanga and Mâori environments.
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully in diverse cultural contexts
  • Superb 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

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.

Please visit our website where you can download the position description and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 12pm Sunday, 26 September 2021.