The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) is the largest progressive democratic organisation in the country. The CTU advocates for a better life for all working people, including over 300,000 workers in our 30 affiliated unions.

Key Responsibilities

The Economist/Policy Director leads the Policy Team. The role requires regular interaction with government officials, Ministers and business representatives; membership of government committees; developing submissions; training; providing advice to affiliates and government; inter-union activities and collaboration; working with other groups; and advocacy. They interact with the news media, at times speaking publicly for the CTU. They conduct research and provide economic advice, expertise and information for policy development and advocacy, working closely with other members of the Poicy Team, other staff and officers at the CTU and with affiliated unions. A core aspect of information is production of the CTU monthly Economic Bulletin which is distributed electronically to affiliates and more widely. The Economist is expected to be conversant with relevant research and official publications.

Person Specifications

The successful person will have a commitment to unionism and to social justice. The position requires a degree level qualification in economics or a degree with a strong economic content plus relevant experience in economics. Breadth of knowledge and experience, such as in law, social policy or unions, would be an advantage. Candidates should exhibit leadership and management skills.

Other Matters

The Economist / Policy Director will report to the NZCTU President. The position will be located in the CTU office in Wellington.

The CTU is an equal opportunities employer. The CTU is committed to helping staff build their understanding and commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi and providing opportunities for participation in cultural awareness training and other relevant study. This commitment is underpinned by Te Takawaenga relationship accord.

Salary Range

The conditions of employment are set out in the CTU Collective Employment Agreement.  The salary for this role is in a range from $103,000 to $120,000. NZD

Application process

To apply for this position, first request the full position description from Sue Windsor:

Applications will close 5pm 2nd October 2020.

Sue Windsor - NZCTU – PO Box 6645, Wellington 6141.

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