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Principal Advisor Population Groups Engagement

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    01 October 2021

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

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  • Broad stakeholder relationship, consumer engagement position
  • Pivotal role to ensure the voices of our communities are heard
  • 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 Wellbeing System Leadership and Insights, the Principal Advisor Population Groups Engagement is a pivotal role with responsibility for providing advice, direction, and application to strengthen stakeholder relationships and consumer engagement for the Commssion with priority population groups.

In this role, you will be a visible face of the Commission and your ability to build trusted relationships will help ensure we can bring the voices of communities into the Commission. This will support our ability to develop insights, provide advice, and advocate for their collective interests.

This position also acts as a broker by supporting government to connect with communities and populations that have not traditionally been well-heard by government.

We are looking for someone who has proven ability to establish, nurture, and leverage relationships with a wide variety of people, particularly populations with a history of marginalisation or outcomes of inequity / poor wellbeing.

You will have strong analytical and judgement skills that enable you to synthesise and analyse stories from communities into representative narratives about what is happening for those communities.

Other key attributes and experience we are looking for are:

  • public sector experience in a senior engagement position
  • proven ability to advise and influence
  • experience in an environment dealing with high profile and sensitive issues
  • knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori and matauranga Māori
  • demonstrated experience working successfully in diverse cultural contexts
  • superb communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex issues clearly
  • an understanding of or experience in working in the field of mental health is desirable
  • a tertiary qualification in a 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 Friday, 1 October 2021.