Senior Policy Analyst

McLaren Associates Ltd

Take a lead role in fronting the organisation on policy matters.

  • Highly visible and well-respected industry body
  • Relevant, interesting and important subject matter
  • Handy Wellington CBD location
The New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) is the peak industry body that advocates for and on behalf of its members (the managers and operators of aged residential care facilities). They represent 93% or approximately 36,000 beds of the country’s rest home industry.
Advocating and lobbying to government to shape policies and create an environment that helps their members provide outstanding quality care and services for older New Zealanders is at the heart of what NZACA do, and as such, the Senior Policy Analyst is a critical senior role within the organisation.
You will work closely with the Chief Executive and a highly experienced Data and Insight Analyst to provide leadership on issues that impact on the success of their members, for example, the annual contract negotiation with District Health Boards (DHBs), the pay equity settlement and workforce recruitment and retention.
You will also produce valuable research, information and publications to help members make informed business decisions, improve capability and keep them up-to-date with industry developments.
Key to this role will be your ability to be responsive to members' needs on a day-to-day basis and to take a lead role in fronting the organisation on policy matters.
You will be well supported with data and insights to inform policy and will experience plenty of autonomy, professional supervision and a flexible, family friendly work environment.  
This is a unique role reporting to the Chief Executive, and the size of the team and organisation means you will be exposed to a breadth and depth of work you might not normally be.  We are therefore seeking a self-starter with energy and fresh ideas to contribute to the great work NZACA is already doing.    

Person profile:
  • Understands machinery of government processes and procedures, from the development of Cabinet papers through to the passage of legislation
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • A problem solver with strong attention to detail
  • Well-developed internal/external stakeholder relationship management abilities
  • Ability to identify trends and issues from complex information and make recommendations to assist the industry
  • Superior communication skills with the ability to translate policy jargon into everyday language for members
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a small team as well as independently
  • Empathy for the aged care sector
  • A relevant tertiary qualification
Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 20 November 2019
Applications to: Nikki Walshaw at
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P: 04 499 1069