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Senior People Advisor - Department of Corrections


About this role

Now is an exciting time to join our People Services Team, our People and Capability group have gone through a significant transformation process which has resulted in an increased investment of our people.  We are a new team ready to partner with our stakeholders to make a real difference.

Our region offers cohesiveness, diversity, variety of work, challenge, solution focus, development, innovation and most of all a people central approach to all we do – we are guided by our values of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) and everything we do aligns with our strategy Hōkai Rangi.

Ngā kawenga | About the role

Kotahi ano te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi | there is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of people.  In this role you have an opportunity to influence our employee experience and build leadership capability for the future.

As an experienced HR professional, you will align as a business partner supporting managers in the delivery of day-to-day operations alongside people related culture and change initiatives aimed at improving performance, lifting capability and connecting all areas of the business to work more effectively.

Reporting to the People Services Manager you will work closely with the business to coach, guide and advise managers on a broad range of issues across a breadth of people related services including change management, organisational development, succession planning, leadership development, performance management, and employment relations. There is huge variety and stretch in this role.

You will also play a pivotal role in the continuous improvement of high-quality human resource processes, policies, and strategies which support the development and delivery of services that contribute to the successful achievement of the Department's strategy Hōkai Rangi.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

To deliver effectively in this key role you will demonstrate the following:

  • A proven ability to proactively develop, foster and maintain excellent working partnerships and relationships with stakeholders and management at all levels
  • Experience in the development and delivery of strategies aimed at continuously improving the  capability and wellbeing of our people
  • Experience in generalist HR/ER working in a complex and demanding environment
  • Puts people before process and encourages others to do the same
  • Please be advised that this position may include regular travel within the portfolio groups to which you will be assigned. A full Driver Licence is required.

Utu ā-tau | Salary

The salary band for this role is between $91,953 to $129,816. Appointment and remuneration will reflect skills and experience relevant to the role.

Ko wai mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu.

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi (

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter describing your motivation for applying for this position highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values.

Applications close 8th March 2023.

It is an exciting time to join us, and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered.

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at [email protected].