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Emergency Management Advisor - Community Engagement

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 emergencies. 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.

About the opportunity:

The HBRC CDEM group is looking for a positive-minded Emergency Management Advisor to join our small but high-profile team of emergency management staff.  The CDEM group work collaboratively with other councils, partner organisations and the community to increase community resilience in the Hawke’s Bay and develop our capacity to respond and recover from emergencies. This position is based at our Hastings office but will spend two days a week in Napier and at times will need to travel across the region.

The Community Engagement role is part of our Community Engagement Team. The main focus of this team is the implementation of our Community Resilience Strategy through the delivery and coordination of CDEM related community engagement projects. In this role you will support communities in Napier and the surrounding area to improve their understanding of risks, build their resilience and support their ability to have community led response and recovery in an emergency event.  This busy role will see you working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including local authority community development staff, local community leaders, groups, and networks, engaging them in resilience building processes. You will support the development of community resilience plans, and coordinate and deliver vital projects, such as education programmes and installation of tsunami signage.

About you:

We are looking for a people person who can work with our diverse range of stakeholders. This will include direct community engagement and liaison with multiple different organisations. You will be able to connect and communicate effectively with people from a range of backgrounds, tailoring your communication style to suit the needs of a particular group. A strong sense of community and a genuine passion for people will make all the difference to your success in this role.

Alongside this, ideally you will also have:

  • A recognised tertiary qualification or certificate / diploma (Level 5 or above) and/or significant relevant experience in community development/planning or building community resilience.
  • Practical knowledge of preparing and delivering community resilience or development strategies and projects.
  • Experience in civil defence emergency management or related field would be of advantage but is not essential.
  • Experience in project and/or programme management.
  • Experience in workshop facilitation or teaching
  • Experience working in teams / building effective working relationships.

The salary range for this role is between $77,940 to $86,600 and 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, subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives. HBRC also has a strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a flexible and supportive working environment.

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand.

If you are successful in your application, in order to enter our Hawke’s Bay Regional Council facilities, you will be required to confirm you are fully vaccinated

To view the job description please click here

Applications close 26 April 2022.

1 April 2022

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