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Principal Policy Advisor

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    12 November 2021

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Full Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

  • Contact:

  • Fixed-term position to December 2022
  • Lead critical pieces of work
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi-grounded organisation
  • Flexible work hours (four-five days per week negotiable)

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 to bring leadership and oversight to the transformation of our mental health and addiction system, and to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Aotearoa.

Our Mental Health and Addiction Sector Leadership team have a significant work programme, which includes:

  • promoting alignment and coordination of the mental health and addiction sector
  • assessment, monitoring, and reporting on mental health and addiction services
  • advocating for improvement of services and the sector
  • 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.

As a reasonably new entity who is establishing our ways of working and building resourcing capability, this fixed term position has been created to help the Commission deliver on its critical pieces of work. This will include providing quality policy advice on areas noted above and leading specific pieces of project work, consultation feedback, and submissions' requests as they arise.

We are looking for someone with significant policy experience. Ideally, some of your policy experience will come from the mental health sector and you will be able to show an understanding of service delivery in this sector.

You will be able to demonstrate leading pieces of complex work that demonstrate you have strong critical thinking skills, significant research experience, and advanced writing skills.

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

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 descriptions and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 12pm Friday, 12 November 2021.



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