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Senior Emergency Management Advisor (Group Welfare)

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The Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group is a shared service arrangement between the five Hawke’s Bay Councils. The Group office is responsible for ensuring that our councils and emergency service partners can effectively coordinate a response to any civil defence emergency. We also work closely with our communities and a wide range of agencies to improve Hawke's Bays’ resilience to emergencies through a proactive approach to community engagement and education.

This team has successfully undertaken several responses in 2020, including COVID-19 and the Napier Flooding events, and are keen to add more committed individuals to improve the resilience of Hawke's Bay to future events. The key focus of the team is to collaboratively work with other councils, partner organisations and the community to increase the regions ability to respond and recover from emergencies.


About the opportunity:

We are seeking a positive-minded Senior Emergency Manager Advisor (Group Welfare) to join our tight-knit team of emergency management staff. The key focus of the team is working across councils and other partner organisations to increase our region’s collective ability to respond to emergencies. Our staff operate at a level that requires the monitoring of hazard events as they evolve and responding as a team at short notice.

Based in Hastings, this is the senior role of the operational readiness team and holds the response role of Group Welfare Manager. The primary focus of the Senior Emergency Management Advisor is to lead and coordinate the development of welfare strategies and programmes across the group. An important part of this role is to lead the coordination of central government and NGO welfare response during the overall readiness, response and recovery phases of emergency management.


About you:

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Recognised degree level tertiary qualification (level 7 or above) and/or significant experience in the social service sectors.
  • An understanding and empathy towards community development structures and processes.
  • Demonstrated facilitation, coordination, collaboration, and engagement skills.
  • Critical thinking and advanced knowledge of strategic planning, policy development and management of work plans to meet identified outcomes.
  • Experience leading and managing teams/ building effective working relationships.
  • Experience in operations management, civil defence emergency management or related field would be of advantage.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you and you have the skills required, we look forward to your application. This is a permanent, fulltime position. Applications close 27 August 2021 however we may interview suitable candidates throughout the process and close the listing early if we find the right person for the role.

The salary range will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. Other benefits of working for our team include limited income protection and life insurance and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.

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28 July 2021

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