Director Greater Christchurch Group – Canterbury – Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Do you want to make a difference to the next phase of the regeneration of greater Christchurch?
Can you effectively lead the delivery of one of the government’s key priority areas?
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) is looking to recruit a senior leader to lead the new Greater Christchurch Group that has been formed to lead and coordinate central government’s ongoing role in the regeneration of greater Christchurch, following the wind down of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

The Director will provide high quality insight and advice to Minister(s), the Chief Executive, strategic partners and other government agencies on a wide range of policy, planning, legal and monitoring matters.
They will facilitate effective solutions to urgent, on-going, medium and long-term recovery-related issues.

The Director, Greater Christchurch Group will be a core member of DPMC’s Executive Leadership Team and will be responsible for the initial integration and development of the Group as well its ongoing work programme over the next few years. While the role could be based in Christchurch or Wellington, the largest proportion of time would be spent in Christchurch.

This key role will provide strategic leadership to achieve the purpose and outcomes of the Group and the government’s desired outcomes as part of the recovery, as well as the day-to-day leadership and management of the team. It is therefore essential that the appointee is an experienced senior leader who has the gravitas and credibility to engage with a range of stakeholders.

Essential skills and experience:
A deep understanding of policy making processes and the machinery of government.
Proven experience in building and maintaining relationships with senior executives and Ministers.
Significant experience in performance, planning and governance.
Highly-developed ability to manage in a political-cultural context, to provide free and frank advice and be responsive to the needs of all stakeholders, including Ministers, strategic partners, local leadership, and the local community.
Direct and indirect leadership experience of significant (by size or issue) teams, which may include forming and dissolving multi-agency teams as circumstances require.

Desirable skills and experience:
Knowledge of central and local government.
Understanding of horizontal infrastructure, district planning and land use.
Strong links with and knowledge of greater Christchurch in the post-earthquake context.

The appointee must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who can successfully obtain and maintain a national security clearance.
Interviews are likely to be held on Thursday 17 March, 2016.

To apply and for further information please visit the vacancies section at; or contact James Marsh, Senior Resourcing Advisor on (04) 890 7273, or

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