Senior Policy and Research Advisor

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Policy, Research and Performance, this role is part of a small, dedicated team with a focus on supporting the wider Nursing Council with policy advice and research. Day to day, this role will be varied, and you will find yourself working on key projects, researching and providing information for submissions, and keeping up to date with new legislation.

This role will also:

  • Develop project proposals, reports, and briefings.
  • Engage with a range of stakeholders to cultivate relationships and ensure a wide variety of views are heard and considered.
  • Undertake research and have input into strategic projects.
  • Support the wider Council on policy implementation.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to junior team members.

Skills and experience

You will bring solid experience in policy, relationship management, and commissioning or carrying out research, along with the ability to think critically. You will naturally be able to interpret a wide range of information and put together well-thought-out written arguments.

You’ll also bring:

  • Extensive experience in preparing policy advice at a senior level.
  • Exceptional communication skills, with an ability to create well-written documentation.
  • Skills in interpreting and working with legislation.
  • A natural ability to build strong working relationships, and influence and negotiate where needed.
  • A commitment to the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • An understanding of foundational tikanga, te reo, and how responsiveness to iwi and Māori relates to policy processes.
  • Experience in the health sector would be an advantage, but is not necessary.

About us

The Nursing Council of New Zealand is the independent regulator for nurses in New Zealand, with better and safer care for people at its heart.

We have an important mission and working for the Nursing Council is an exciting opportunity for you to use and grow your skills, while working with a team that has a true purpose and take pride in the work they do.

We are values driven and hold these close to our hearts.

Our values are:

Ka whakahōnore mātou i tō mātou whakahoatanga Tiriti
We work collaboratively and with integrity by respecting each other and the nursing profession

Whai haepapa, whai tika
We are an accountable, effective and efficient Nursing Council

Arataki, ako, whakapai ake
We lead, learn and improve at all levels of the Nursing Council

Wairua tōkeke hauora
We set standards, codes of practice including cultural safety expectations that contribute to improved health equity for Māori

We have great benefits including health insurance, additional leave days, and study support.

For the health and safety of staff, the Council requires all employees to provide evidence that their vaccinations are up to date with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, as set out in Schedule 3 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

What next?

If this role sounds like you then we’d love to hear from you. We have partnered with Kin to fill this key role, so apply now with your CV and a cover letter. For further information on this role, or to apply, please contact Tracey on [email protected] or 022 015 0343. Applications close as soon as we find the right candidate, so get in touch today!


For further information on this role, or to apply, please contact Tracey on [email protected] or 022 015 0343.