New Vacancy: Director - Policy

Location: Wellington / Permanent / Full Time

Position purpose

The Director, Policy will support the Retirement Commissioner to shape the CFFC’s policy and research work and activities. This role oversees the CFFC’s research programme, the statutory three-yearly review of retirement policies, the National Strategy for Financial Capability, and the statutory role to monitor the effects of the Retirement Villages Act, the Regulations and Code of Practice. The Director, Policy will also provide comprehensive support to the Retirement Commissioner to develop the three yearly Statement of Intent (SOI) and the annual Statement of Performance Expectations (SPE) and other policy development as required.

Key aspects of the role include

  • Provide robust evidence to help future-proof retirement policy and support current and future retirees
  • Enable a readily understandable, strong and fair regulatory regime for Retirement Villages
  • Provide thought leadership on retirement-related issues for Government and the wider public
  • Lead the National Strategy for Financial Capability
  • Influence wider policy outcomes by being a key contributor, directly or indirectly, to relevant government work programmes

Essential skills and experience

  • Degree qualified in a suitable discipline
  • At least ten years’ experience in a mid to senior level government role preferred
  • Highly articulate, with advanced written (including extensive report writing) and oral communication skills
  • Extensive and well-developed network of key government stakeholders  
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts to varied audiences
  • Comprehensive knowledge of policy analysis and development
  • Experience in government compliance and strong understanding of the workings of central government and its policy functions
  • Experience contributing to the development of strategic planning, organisational goal setting, performance expectations and outcome measurement
  • A highly analytical and curious mindset
  • A keen eye for detail and desire to probe further into data
  • Proactive and collaborative approach managing internal and external relationships
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability with excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and demonstrates composure under pressure


About the Commission for Financial Capability

The Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) is the office of the Retirement Commissioner. The CFFC aims to help New Zealanders to retire with confidence. Retiring with confidence means New Zealanders feel secure that they’ll have resources to live and the know-how to make ends meet. We focus on three areas; Retirement Policies, Retirement Villages and Financial Capability. As part of our role we advise Government on the policies that will enhance retirement outcomes for New Zealanders. We also help support individuals to better prepare for retirement, and we contribute to better understanding of what retirement means in the 21st century. Times are changing.

Tā Mātou Whakakitenga/Our Vision
New Zealanders retire with confidence

Tā Mātou Kaupapa Mātāmua/Our Mission
To help improve retirement outcomes for New Zealanders, with trusted information, informed advocacy and effective collaboration