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Director – Communications and Engagement

communication director

About the Opportunity:

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated leader to guide our Communications and Engagement team. Reporting to the Group Manager - Corporate Services, this role will play an integral part in both developing and implementing the HBRC Communications and Engagement Strategic Plan. To achieve this, you will be working in active partnership with our Executive Leadership Team, providing best-practice advice on internal and external communications and engagement for the organisation, ensuring key Council work programmes and projects of significance have a communications and engagement plan developed. This will be guided by the organisations overarching strategy, reinforcing Council’s strategic narrative and positioning.

We aim to build capability and confidence across our Council staff to undertake dialogue, collaboration, and partnerships with key community stakeholders, partners and ratepayers that is based on strong, enduring and trusted relationships.

The role will require you to apply both an external and internal lens to HBRC communications, with a key deliverable being the development of an Internal Communications Strategy. This will be in partnership with our People and Capability team, which supports organisational wellbeing, culture, identity, purpose and change; and with the Māori Partnerships team to upskill Council staff on Te Ao Māori.


About you:

You will be a creative individual with the ability to think on your feet, bring people along on the journey and guide strategic outputs. We need someone who can think broadly and connect the dots across the organisation, identifying opportunities and leveraging relationships to support the work Council is committed to undertaking for our region, community, and stakeholders.

 As a leader, you will develop and motivate your team to create strategies and plans. Your team will deliver high-level services including; undertaking market research, writing and creative content development, production of publications and digital products, environmental education and community sponsorship, and media management and liaison.

 To be successful in this role you will be able to demonstrate considerable leadership experience, charismatic energy, and a drive to develop and implement the strategy programme covering a range of functions including brand, communications, marketing, and engagement.  A positive, strengths-based mindset and calm demeanour will take you far, as you manage the unexpected day to day incomings of this busy and dynamic role.


Ideally you will also:

  • Be highly experienced in successfully leading and developing high performing, multidisciplinary teams.
  • Have proven experience managing communications and engagement in a highly complex organisation, with a history of delivering change, and achieving results against a strategic plan.
  • Be able to communicate effectively to inspire, convey and interpret complex concepts/data/information to a wide range of audiences, tailoring your approach to suit the target group.
  • Show proven success in building coalitions, collaborative work practices, and strong working relationships.
  • Have a tertiary qualification in a relevant field.
  • Show resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC.

The salary range for this role is between $139,410 to $154,900 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. To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website:

All applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is an Accredited Employer with Immigration New Zealand.

We value diversity and as such we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status although applicants must have existing rights to work in New Zealand. HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.

 To view the job description click here.

 If you are interested in this opportunity please apply via  Seek.

Applications close 30 September 2022.

16 September 2022

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