Full-Time Policy Advisor
The PSA Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is the largest union in New Zealand and is an innovative and dynamic organisation employing over 150 staff throughout New Zealand. We are a membership-based organisation with a bicultural structure. Te Rūnanga o Nga Toa Āwhina is the Māori arm of the PSA membership. We have more than 75,000 members working in central and local government, health and community services. The focus of the PSA is to advance the interests of members through building collectivity in the workplace. The PSA takes a strategic approach to building unionism.
The PSA has a vacancy for a policy advisor to join our policy team. This is a senior-level, full-time permanent position in our Wellington office. Flexible working arrangements will be considered.
The PSA Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi is committed to honouring Te Tiriti O Waitangi across our organisation and the work we do. We are seeking to strengthen Māori capability within our policy function. Knowledge of te reo and tikanga Māori will therefore be an advantage and recognised through salary.
The primary role of the position is the development of PSA policy and strategy, and responding to the policy needs of the union. It offers the opportunity to engage in a wide range of subject areas related to the work of public and community services. Team members represent the PSA in a wide range of external forums. They provide policy papers and advice to the executive board and national secretaries. They advise and support union staff and the membership structure and keep the PSA aware of any potential issues that may arise in the future.
As an employer the PSA acknowledges the inseparable relationship between Māori staff and their iwi/hapū/whānau, and the importance of mana whenua, mana tangata and mana reo. This includes the provision of leave for the purpose of whānau/hapū hui, wānanga or cultural obligations; and support for Te Whānau Atawhai, the collective of Māori staff at the PSA. We are also working to build our organisation’s cultural capabilities through steps such as including karakia and waiata in our meetings, and offering te reo classes and waiata practice to staff.
We are looking for someone who can work well with other members of the policy team and with other PSA staff.
The PSA welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds.
For any queries or an application pack please contact Liz Byron, Executive Assistant to the National Secretaries on 04-816 5036 or email [email protected]
Applications close 5.00pm Friday 31 January 2020.
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