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Principal Advisor, Capability & Organisational Development

Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2022

Work type

Permanent - full time



Close date

Mon, 22 Aug 2022

An exciting opportunity for a Principal Advisor Capability and Organisational Development to join the People and Culture team at the Electoral Commission. Reporting to the Manager People and Culture, the main objective of the Principal Advisor – Capability and Organisational Development is to implement and maintain people management programmes which support the Commission's strategic aims and objectives. In addition, contribute to the Commission's people, culture priorities, and provide sound advice and support to managers and their teams. Lead the Organisational Health and Capability Development of the Commission and be the primary liaison with senior managers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Capability Strategy - Develop and implement initiatives and improvements to current practices
  • Talent Management - Implement performance management and talent management initiatives and succession planning
  • People Strategy - Develop, analyse, monitor, promote and enable employee learning and development programmes
  • Initiate implement and administer employee surveys
  • Review and maintain applicable Human Resources policies
  • Design, develop and lead the implementation of a Leadership Framework
  • Engagement and Pay gap activities
  • Manage Organisational Culture & Program – Assist Managers with building the culture in line with the Electoral Commission's values
  • Provide senior managers and the Board with high quality information and expert advice
  • Provide advice on compliance of the Commission's health and safety policies, procedures, and plans

To be successful in this role you must have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification and experience in a Senior Organisational Development and/or Learning and Development Advisory capacity
  • Well developed analytical skills
  • Ability to analyse complex issues and deliver new fresh insights
  • Experience in leading strategy formulation and outcome development, planning and reporting
  • Experience translating policy
  • Ability to write complex papers
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Mentoring and developing junior employees
  • Experience working on projects with multiple components

About the Electoral Commission | Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri

The Electoral Commission is an independent Crown Entity who works with and through communities to inform, engage and educate New Zealanders about the value of participation, make it easy for them to enrol and vote, promote understanding of New Zealand's democratic processes, and deliver parliamentary elections and referenda.

In association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the New Zealand Aid Programme, the International Team provides technical assistance to electoral agencies in the Pacific and beyond to support those agencies to enhance their electoral administration capability.

Why join the Electoral Commission?

The Commission is building an inclusive strength focussed culture where diversity is encouraged and valued. You will join a team who are here for the right reasons, and we are passionate about what we do. We offer a competitive salary and flexible working arrangements.

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You must be legally allowed to work in New Zealand.

All new employees are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide a copy of their My Vaccine Pass (MVP) when accepting an offer of employment with the Commission. If no MVP is provided it will be assumed you are not vaccinated and this may impact the work you are able to perform for the Electoral Commission.

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