The New Zealand government is currently looking to hire a cannabis expert that has “proven experience” ahead of the non-binding referendum for a legal cannabis market that will take place next year.

In the first weeks of May, Andrew Little, the Justice Minister of New Zealand, announced that the people will have to vote if they want to decriminalize cannabis, but he added that there will be strict restrictions, which includes rules for home-grown cannabis, special bars for consumption, and special outlets for the sale of cannabis.

Justice Minister Little added, “Cabinet has agreed there will be a simple Yes/No question on the basis of a draft piece of legislation.”

If you get hire for the position of Cannabis Referendum Policy Manager with “proven experience”, you can get a salary of $137,479-$194,088.



 Wellington City
Position Type:Fixed Term Full Time
Attachments: Job Description.pdf (PDF, 241KB)Job Specification
Application Close Date:29-May-2019

Job Description

Policy Manager – Cannabis Referendum Policy, National Office


Kahore tetahi o tatou, taea te mahi, nga mahi e taea o tatou katoa

Not one of us alone can do the job as well as all of us working together

  • Build an effective team, using your strong interpersonal skills and coaching
  • Work with a wide group of internal and external stakeholders to create solutions
  • Deliver advice that makes a difference.

The Policy Group is recruiting for an experienced Policy Manager (fixed-term for 1 year) for the Cannabis Policy Team.

About the teams and the roles The Policy Manager will report to the General Manager Criminal Justice.

The Cannabis Policy Team has been tasked with preparing draft legislation that will form the basis of the referendum question at the 2020 General Election. Key elements of this will include:

  • Overseeing the development of policy advice to Cabinet on the regulatory design of the system
  • Working with Parliamentary Counsel Office on the drafting of the draft legislation
  • Managing the interface with the team leading on the election and referendum policy work and other key stakeholders, including the Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs, Primary Industries and the State Services Commission
  • Overseeing the development of explanatory material to assist the public to make an informed choice, including a role in responding to requests from the public, media and other stakeholders.

Skills and experience If you have proven yourself as a thoughtful manager, people-leader and coach then we want to hear from you.

  • You will have proven experience at coaching and developing teams and supporting individuals to grow and thrive.
  • You will be a proven problem solver and have the confidence to work with complexity and ambiguity.
  • You will have an ability to relate to all types of people, from a range of sectors and stakeholder groups.
  • You will have a relevant qualification at bachelor’s level or higher.

The Justice Policy Group actively seeks a diverse applicant pool, with a variety of life experiences. An understanding of Te Āo Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is particularly valuable.


  • Seize the opportunity to lead on high profile, high priority piece of work
  • Use your proven leadership skills to support and grow the team
  • Be part of the Policy team that is ranked one of the highest in the public sector for quality policy advice.

The salary range for a Policy Manager is $137,479 – $194,088.

To apply, click the Apply button below to be directed to our Careers Website. You can view a detailed position description at the site, as well as complete an online application form by attaching your CV and cover letter.

For tracking purposes, all applications must be submitted via our online process.

Applications close Wednesday 29 May 2019. If you have any questions please

Job Description