Executive Assistant to the Chief Children’s Commissioner

Permanent, full-time


Do you have experience supporting a busy public facing leader and their team?

Do you want a role in which you can draw on your skills in efficiency, organisation, professionalism and communication?

Then apply now! Tono mai!

Mō mātou | About us

Mana Mokopuna - Children and Young People's Commission (the Commission) advocates for all 1.2 million mokopuna aged under 18 in Aotearoa New Zealand and for care-experienced mokopuna aged up to 25. The Commission is an Independent Crown Entity governed by a board of up to six Commissioners, led by the Chief Children’s Commissioner.

As a Commission, we advocate for children's rights to be recognised and upheld, provide advice and guidance to government and other agencies, advocate for system-level change, ensure children's voices are heard in decisions that affect them, and monitor places where mokopuna are detained, to ensure their rights are upheld.

Our name, Mana Mokopuna, describes who we are and what we stand for.

At its heart, Mana Mokopuna recognises the many elements that will support mokopuna to thrive. It focuses on mokopuna in the context of their family, whānau, hapū, iwi and wider community. It also recognises that their participation in decisions that affect them is vitally important.

Te moemoeā: kia kuru pounamu te rongo - our vision is that all Aotearoa New Zealand’s children and young people live their best lives. For us, child wellbeing is whānau wellbeing.

We recognise that an important part of achieving our moemoeā is advocating for a society in which Te Tiriti o Waitangi is fully realised. Our tari centres mātauranga Māori, and our te Tiriti obligations are at the heart of all we do.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to support our new Chief Children’s Commissioner, who is both the chairperson of our Board and the chief advocate for mokopuna across Aotearoa. The Chief Children’s Commissioner works full-time and has a busy role that is often highly visible at the public level.

As the Executive Assistant, you will be responsible for providing high quality executive and administrative support to maximise the Chief Children’s Commissioner’s ability to effectively carry out their role. From time-to-time and by agreement with the Chief Children’s Commissioner, you will also provide support to other Commissioners of the Board as required. To effectively undertake your duties, it will be essential that you develop strong working relationships with the Commission’s Chief Executive, senior leadership team, and kaimahi across the wider organisation. You will also need to be confident and exercise good judgement in working with a range of external stakeholders, on behalf of the Chief Children’s Commissioner. Everyday support includes calendar and inbox management, preparation for meetings and engagements, and coordinating travel and other logistical arrangements.

This is a top tier business support role and as such requires an organisationally savvy professional who is efficient, organised and adept at building strong relationships with respect and sensitivity, and who reflects our organisational values in practice every day, no matter who you are working with.

You can download a full position description for the role below.

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu | What you will bring

To be successful in this role you will be a natural communicator who thrives in a fast-paced office environment. You will have high standards in your mahi and be a highly skilled senior administrator who has experience supporting senior level positions. You will also bring:

  • The ability to build and maintain positive relationships with people at all levels
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Sound problem-solving skills and the ability to use good judgment to prioritise in real-time when managing competing deadlines, and to identify and proactively manage risk
  • Experience in diary and email management, meeting management, organising events and logistics including travel
  • Advanced skills across the Microsoft Office suite and a high degree of confidence and ability using technology
  • A proven use of initiative and experience in planning, prioritising, and working under pressure
  • Discretion and tactfulness when dealing with confidential, commercially sensitive and personal work-related information
  • Knowledge of machinery of government and public sector processes and systems will be an advantage
  • A true team player, calm under pressure, with a willingness to work flexibly from time-to-time and to dig in to get the job done.

You will demonstrate knowledge, or a willingness to gain an understanding of Te Ao Māori perspectives. You will also have knowledge, or a willingness to gain an understanding, of te Tiriti o Waitangi and be able to apply this within the work that you do, as well as an appreciation of the multicultural nature of Aotearoa New Zealand.

If you're a highly professional, talented individual who wants to work in our unique organisation working to better the lives of mokopuna, then we want to hear from you!

Ngā hua ka puta i te mahi ki Mana Mokopuna | What we can offer you

  • A salary between $86,186 - $95,321 - $104,453 gross per annum
  • A hybrid working model - some days working in the tari and some working from home, by agreement
  • 4 weeks annual leave plus at least 3 additional paid leave days each year
  • Opportunity to learn or build on your Te Reo Māori through our weekly lessons
  • Working in a whānau friendly environment - we love having mokopuna in the tari!
  • Options for flexible working arrangements - flexible start and finish times, shorter hours and other arrangements can all be considered
  • Working closely with a people-centred, values-driven leader, and with a team of passionate kaimahi who truly care about achieving the best outcomes for all mokopuna of Aotearoa.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applicants for this position should have the legal right to work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Applications should be submitted online via SEEK. Please ensure you provide an up-to-date CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and how you meet the position description.

Applicants invited to an interview will be required to fill out an employment check form, consenting to all relevant recruitment checks.

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Applications close midnight, Sunday 10 September 2023.