Careers and Vacancies

The Electoral Commission is responsible for the administration of parliamentary elections and referenda including the maintenance of the electoral rolls. We are a small, committed team of experts located in Wellington who support the delivery of electoral events.

National Manager Voting Services

  • Lead New Zealand’s largest national event
  • Operational and people leadership
  • Contribute to our democratic process

The Electoral Commission is responsible for facilitating participation in national elections in a way that maintains confidence and trust in democracy, and that encourages and supports the public to have their say. 

The National Manager Voting Services leads the operational planning, design, and delivery of national elections. This includes the General Election, New Zealand’s largest event. The National Manager is responsible for a permanent team of 10 staff that increases substantially during the electoral cycle. This permanent position will form part of the senior leadership team and contribute to organisational strategy.

To be successful, you will be a seasoned senior manager with substantial people and operational leadership experience. You will have a background that will ideally include operational policy, programme and event management, alongside a sound knowledge of the machinery of government. You will be analytical, able to interpret complex legislation, display a high level of strategic thinking and be politically aware. It is critical for you to be politically neutral. 

This is a rare opportunity to lead the mechanics of electoral systems in this high-profile organisation. 

The recruitment of this role is being managed by JacksonStone & Partners. Please contact Simon Boyes or David Hollander on 04 550 8000 for further information.

To apply, please go to http://www.jacksonstone.co.nz/jobs/4988

Applications close Friday 22 June 2018.

Ref. 4988

System Specialist

About the role

This full time role is for an IT all-rounder with experience in providing technical expertise support services to the organisation while ensuring ICT services and applications are kept at optimal operational levels.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain services for all Electoral Commission Systems
  • Provide System and Windows Client/Server Administration services
  • Provide documented and working solutions to assigned tasks according to the technical requirements
  • Assist Management in the evaluation of new enhancements and developments
  • Design, implement, integrate, document and test new software components required by the Commission
  • Provide second and third level support to staff of the Commission
  • Maintain the integrity of data
  • Monitor ongoing performance of all third party maintenance providers

Your Background:

  • Programming experience – desirable areas Perl, Python, MS Dynamics GP
  • Specific areas – JavaScript, VB, SQL, HTML, CSS or similar
  • Microsoft Excel including VB macros
  • Application support, SDLC (focus on requirements analysis and testing)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Problem analysis skills and good judgement
  • Adaptable, be able to work autonomously as well as a good team player

What it’s like to work for us:

Do you enjoy delivering high quality IT services from the basics through to the complex?

The Commission provides a diverse IT learning and development environment, as well as being a family friendly employer. We offer a competitive salary and flexible working conditions; the current salary range: $73,308 to $99,177.

What’s next?

To apply for this role, go to: www.jobs.govt.nz.  Alternatively a job description and application form is available from recruitment@elections.govt.nz

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 25 June 2018.

System Administrator/Senior Engineer

About the role

This full time role is for an IT all-rounder with experience in hardware set up, service management, systems design and testing, software upgrades, technical support and leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain services for all Electoral Commission Systems
  • Provide System and Windows Client/Server Administration services
  • Mentor and provide leadership in the area of operational IT support
  • Liaise with third party maintenance providers
  • Maintain systems availability to meet the Commission’s business requirements
  • Maintain the integrity of data
  • Ensure new products and new versions of software are tested and certified
  • Monitor ongoing performance of all third party maintenance providers

Your Background:

  • Front-line support experience
  • Experience in Linux systems, Microsoft Windows and the Office suite
  • Experience in PC hardware, server and networking including Infrastructure as a Service (cloud), AD, LDAP, VPN
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • High level of flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Adaptable, be able to work autonomously as well as a good team player

What it’s like to work for us:

Do you enjoy delivering high quality IT services from the basics through to the complex?

The Commission provides a diverse IT learning and development environment, as well as being a family friendly employer. We offer a competitive salary and flexible working conditions; the current salary range: $73,308 to $99,177.

What’s next?

To apply for this role, go to: www.jobs.govt.nz.  Alternatively a job description and application form is available from recruitment@elections.govt.nz

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 25 June 2018.

Senior Project Leader - Training

This full time role is for a Senior Project Leader in the Electoral Events team, you will be able to demonstrate skills required to lead projects which play a vital role in the successful delivery of electoral events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead general election training project
  • Developing and delivering a comprehensive training programme that will be delivered to over 15,000 field staff at various levels
  • Developing clear training pathways for a number of roles
  • Translate complex policies and processes into engaging, accurate and effective training

Your Background:

  • Experience in developing and implementing a national training strategy
  • Experience in developing and delivering training for a diverse dispersed adult audiences
  • Experience in building a successful training programme using face to face training, eLearning and manuals
  • Demonstrated understanding of project management methodology
  • Experience facilitating, negotiating and managing successful contracts with vendors and suppliers
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication and liaison skills with proven ability in relationship management

You will be an ideas person but also someone who follows through with sound judgment. While you will pay close attention to detail, you will have the ability to see how the parts fit together and how the needs of the end users drive solutions.

You’ll be working closely with subject matter experts, contractors and suppliers under tight timeframes, so your excellent relationship management skills will be essential for success.

What it’s like to work for us:

The Commission provides a diverse learning and development environment, as well as being a family friendly employer. We offer a competitive salary and flexible working conditions; the current salary range: $86,651 to $117,234 per annum.

What’s next?

For more information regarding this role, please email recruitment@elections.govt.nz or to apply for this role please go to www.jobs.govt.nz (job number 1340604).

Applications close at 5pm Friday 29 June 2018.

Last updated: 18 June 2018