Deputy Director-General, Biodiversity, (Fixed Term) | Wellington

Posted on 16-Sep-2020
Application close date: 28-Sep-2020
General Manager/Executive
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Organisational system leadership focus
  • Deliver on strategy, build strong partnerships
  • Key support role to the Director-General
  • Fixed term role for 2 years


Ensure Papatūānuku Thrives. Deliver the Biodiversity Strategy and lead across the system.

Te Papa Atawhai is the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand's natural and historic heritage. Our vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living our history.


Reporting to the Director-General, the purpose of this role is to significantly improve Te Papa Atawhai's biodiversity systems to assign and measure impact of resources and investments to those areas that deliver maximum return both on and off public conservation land towards DOC's 2025 Stretch Goals. You will be charged with taking the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and creating a clear operational pathway that can delivery this over the next four years. A key part of this will be leading a compelling communications strategy to engage the hearts and minds of all New Zealanders to address the climate and biodiversity crisis.


The person we are seeking will be a skilled and experienced senior executive with a track record in a similarly complex organisation. In particular we are looking for:

  • Proven experience leading at organisational and system level.
  • Finely tuned stakeholder management skills, able to build enduring external partnerships that ensure Papatūānuku Thrives.
  • A track record of taking complex strategic plans and operationalising them to deliver tangible results.
  • An engaging and energetic approach, as well as communications expertise to engage New Zealanders in this kaupapa.
  • A reputation as a capable, can-do, well organised and trusted professional.
  • Most importantly, you will be committed to the kaupapa of Te Papa Atawhai and its mahi conserving and managing New Zealand's natural, historic, and cultural heritage.  


Please apply online at the DOC Careers Centre. Applications must include a cover letter and CV.

For more information please contact Amy Tea on 027 435 3000.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Monday, 28 September 2020.

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve and creating an inclusive workplace culture.

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