National Secretary

The PSA – The Public Service Association/Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi – is New Zealand's largest union, representing over 80,000 workers in central and local government, health and community services. We are a progressive union, advocating to improve the working lives of members and the public services they provide.  

The PSA operates a co-leadership model of two National Secretaries, reporting to and maintaining close working relationships with the Executive Board.   

We have a vacancy for one National Secretary. 

The National Secretaries work closely together to provide strategic leadership to the union, building a bi-cultural working environment at the PSA. Together they are responsible for the political, industrial and operational management of the organisation, including managing the financial and human resources of the union; leading, motivating and inspiring ownership, commitment and enthusiasm for the union's vision and direction.

This is a key role that demands a unique blend of skills and experience. The successful candidate will have:

  • ability to operate in a co-leadership environment
  • a proven ability to provide strategic advice and leadership
  • excellent political and industrial skills, including being able to advocate and negotiate effectively in a wide variety of contexts
  • experience in leading, managing and motivating staff
  • strong financial management skills
  • outstanding relationship management skills with an ability to build partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders
  • a sound understanding of the union and political environment in which the PSA operates and knowledge of the organisation and operation of government and the union movement
  • experience leading and motivating a membership based organisation

For further information, or to request an application pack, please contact Elizabeth Byron on 04 816 5036 or Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

Closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 February 2022.