21 December 2022

The role of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) is to understand and mitigate threats to New Zealand’s national security and provide Ministers and other decision makers with sound advice. It is the national authority for human intelligence.

The NZSIS performs its functions by detecting, investigating and mitigating national security threats, by collecting intelligence relevant to the security of New Zealand and the region, by providing protective security advice so that agencies can make good decisions about how they protect their people, information, and assets from threats, and by providing national security advice in relation to outer space and high-altitude activities, and certain proposed overseas investments.

Given the size and complexity of this task, the NZSIS works closely with other government departments as well as its international partners. We are seeking a leader who can ensure the NZSIS is well-positioned to monitor the current threat environment while adapting to contemporary risks and evolving its capabilities and systems to maintain currency of its operations.

The Director-General of Security will be highly skilled in managing relationships, have sound judgement and the ability to make decisions in high stress situations. More information on the key leadership dimensions of this role can be found in the position description.

If you think you are the right person for this role, an application pack can be downloaded from


For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact:

Thor Gudjonsson - Deputy Commissioner, System and Agency Performance

Te Kawa Mataaho | Public Service Commission

E: Thor.Gudjonsson@publicservice.govt.nz

Completed applications must be submitted to CErecruitment@publicservice.govt.nz by Wednesday 25 January 2023 at 11.59pm.


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