Job alert: New Zealand Prime Minister’s ANZSOG Chair in Public Service Ethics and Integrity

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  • Published Date: 05 October 2018

A new academic position, created by ANZSOG in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington, will focus on improving New Zealand’s public sector leadership.

The New Zealand Prime Minister’s ANZSOG Chair in Public Service Ethics and Integrity will be based in Wellington, and encompass a focus on integrity and ethical conduct. 

ANZSOG Board Chair and New Zealand State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes announced the new role earlier this year, describing it as a “leadership role that has real potential for the Public Service”.

“The Chair will focus on principles, values and behaviours in the Public Service,” Mr Hughes said.

“And the teaching and research will be done alongside government agencies in New Zealand and Australia.

“Public sector leaders must build and sustain relationships of trust and confidence so they can deliver on the reform agendas ahead of us. And ANZSOG has a crucial role in this."

The new position provides ANZSOG with an increased presence in New Zealand, and underlines the importance of ethics and integrity to public administration that provides benefits for the public.

ANZSOG Dean and CEO, Professor Ken Smith said the increased demands on modern public services have made ANZSOG’s role more vital than ever, and that it would continue to evolve to meet the needs of the public sector.

“ANZSOG will continue to educate and inspire public sector leaders to improve their skills, capacity and management, and expose them to the best thinking on public administration,” he said.

“While our activities have changed over time, and will continue to do so, our focus has not – we will always aim to lift the quality of public sector leadership in Australia and New Zealand.

”Our investment in positions such as this helps to create better public services and will benefit the communities we all serve.”

The successful appointee will consult with government stakeholders, particularly in New Zealand, and establish new executive education courses for public officials (and public-purpose and private sector participants where appropriate) for delivery in New Zealand, and as required in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The position will require the successful applicant to conduct research, with an emphasis on topics relevant to ANZSOG’s mission, including public administration, strategic public management and public policy.

Other duties include:

  • Assist the Dean and Deputy Deans of ANZSOG, and the Dean of Victoria Business School, in dealings with government and stakeholder organisations to promote ANZSOG’s and the University’s reputation and deliverables. 
  • Contribute significantly to academic service, engagement, management and collegiality within Victoria and ANZSOG.

The position will be based in Wellington and applications close on Friday October 30. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application via the VUW website.

The New Zealand Prime Minister’s ANZSOG Chair in Public Service Ethics and Integrity announcement comes off the back of the recent ANZSOG WA Government Chair in Public Administration and Policy position (applications now closed), created by ANZSOG and Curtin University, and supported by the Western Australian Government.

ANZSOG and the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR) at the Australian National University (ANU) are also currently seeking to appoint a person of international renown to the Sir John Bunting Chair of Public Administration. Applications close 9 November.