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Policy Director (0.8-1.0 FTE) and Policy Advisor (0.5 FTE)

Do you want to be one of the driving forces behind reducing drug-related harms and working towards a health and social justice approach to drugs in Aotearoa? If so, we have two vacancies: Policy Director (0.8 - 1.0 FTE) and a Policy Advisor (0.5 FTE).

The team is responsible for excellent policy advice, research & information analysis, OIAs, position statements, submissions, consultation, providing advice on media or info requests, helping coordinate communication with Ministers, MPs and other government and sector stakeholders.

Across the two policy positions (both being advertised) we need a mix of expertise to ensure we have work being undertaken to consider law reform across a range of laws and policies that impact people who use drugs (PWUD). Together, the roles will be responsible for the development of position statements and provide support to the development of practice guidelines on harm reduction and health interventions for people who use drugs, and kaupapa and matauranga Māori approaches.

Policy Director (0.8-1.0 FTE)

The Drug Foundation’s Policy Director drives the Foundation’s policy and advocacy work. This is both a leadership role and a hands-on policy role, with only one direct report. This role helps the Foundation forge new territory to enable a health and social justice approach to drugs in Aotearoa. You must be a strategic thinker with an ability to develop excellent policy work that is solid and accurate. We have a reputation for excellence and a dedication to being balanced and evidence-based, without being afraid to say what is needed. This role is, in part, responsible for upholding that reputation.

The role would suit someone with some experience at a senior, principal, manager or director level, who has senior policy experience, and ideally some advocacy experience. You should be comfortable reading and analysing laws, and you must understand the machinery of government. It would be desirable that you have an understanding of AOD / health approaches or harm reduction approaches to drug use.  It is preferable that this role be based in Wellington, but not essential.

Read the position description here.

Policy Advisor (0.5 FTE)

The Drug Foundation’s Policy Advisor provides important support to the Policy Director, by undertaking some information and data analysis, preparing responses to queries from the public or media, helping coordinate consultation meetings and keeping our online information up to date. Additionally, this role will have a couple of topics they will have primary responsibility for, which will mean developing position statements, submissions or other material in some instances.

The role would suit someone with some experience as an advisor or senior advisor.

Read the position description here.

We encourage Māori applicants to apply for the roles.

The NZ Drug Foundation is an EEO employer and encourages applicants from a range of backgrounds, including lived experience.

We will consider applications from across Aotearoa and have cool offices in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), working alongside a team of diverse, smart, fun and kind people.

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Policy director
Policy advisor

Get in quick, we will be reviewing applications as we receive them. We will stop accepting applications on the 8th of September at the latest.

For more information, contact +64 4 801 6303 or admin@drugfoundation.org.nz

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