Deputy Director, Security Policy & Risk New Zealand Defence Force - Wellington

Closing Date: April 26, 2022

Mō te tūnga | About the role

The Deputy Director, Security Policy and Risk is responsible for leading the delivery of strategic projects and programmes to enhance NZDF’s security capability, culture, training, and performance in alignment with the strategic objectives of NZDF.

This is a key senior leadership role where you’ll set strategic direction, provide expert guidance, and oversee risk management for the Security Strategy, Policy and Risk functions within the Directorate of Defence Security (DDS).

As the Deputy Director, Security Risk and Policy you’ll be responsible for the successful planning, development, and delivery of change management to support the strategic objectives of Defence Security and NZDF. You’ll hold several key accountabilities and responsibilities in respect to enhancing security capability and performance which then enables the protection of NZDF personnel and capabilities from harm.

You’ll work alongside the Director Security, as a member of the DDS Senior Leadership Team, to establish long-term organisational strategies and plans. These responsibilities include:

  • Leading strategic development;
  • Business improvement;
  • Change management;
  • Risk management;
  • Policy development, and;
  • Engagement and acting as an advocate for Defence Security across NZDF.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and Experience

We need your subject matter expertise in relation to the development and delivery of strategic programmes of work which enhance culture, policy, capability & performance.

You’ll be an experienced and respected people leader with significant management experience ideally within the Security, Intelligence, or Defence sectors.

You’ll be an excellent communicator who is highly committed and service driven, and has an understanding of protective security theory, practices, and processes within a large, complex organisational environment.

Key skills and attributes you’ll bring to this role are:

  • The ability to analyse complex information and make effective recommendations;
  • Demonstrable successes in building a positive and engaging culture;
  • Excellent relationship management skills;
  • Proven achievements in the development and implementation of strategic vision and goals; and
  • Experience in managing partnerships with Security, Intelligence, and Defence agencies.

Along with the above you’ll also have the ability to travel as required, including internationally, and a Full Class 1 NZ Driver’s Licence.

Mō mātou | About Us

The Directorate of Defence Security (DDS) provides a sustainable and credible security organisation primarily focussed on NZDF’s domestic security environment through the provision of a range of protective security policies, services, products and advice.

DDS’s purpose is to protect the NZDF from security threats, vulnerabilities and risks that could cause harm to our people, information and capabilities. DDS comprises of; Counter Intelligence, Security Delivery, Security Strategy and Risk, Security Guard Force and Chief of Staff functions. Collectively, these functions work across multiple facets of the NZDF to shape, develop and implement security capability that protects what is important to the Defence Force.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.

Nōu te rourou | What’s in it for you

NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.

In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with:

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to Apply, please use the links on this page.

Please note:

  • Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug screening test prior to any offer of employment being made.
  • If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.
  • Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work in roles in Defence Areas within the Auckland region. We are currently reviewing our Vaccination policy covering civilian employees outside of the Auckland region and will liaise with successful candidates about our policy prior to commencement.

Applications close on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.

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