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Emergency Management Advisor - Public Information & Education

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Te whakapakari tahi i tō tātau Taiao – Enhancing our environment together.

Our vision is a healthy environment and a resilient and prosperous community.


About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

We are looking for a positive and engaging communications specialist to join our small but high-profile team of emergency management staff at the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group. This is a fixed term role for up to 20 months.

The Hawke’s Bay 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.

As an integral part of the Community Engagement Team, the Emergency Management Advisor – Public Information and Education role will contribute to the development of strategies, tools and programmes of work to build community and organisational resilience. The primary focus of the role will be around preparing public information and media both before and during an emergency.  This includes creating and leading social marketing campaigns to increase awareness and communicating key messages to the Hawke’s Bay community to increase resilience to natural disasters.

During a response, this role would be a key member of the Public Information Management (PIM) function and would support the Function lead to ensure our community has the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their whanau.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

To be successful in this role you will be someone with a collaborative, team approach who can build relationships with communications staff across other organisations to deliver consistent and comprehensive messaging to the public. 

Ideally you will also have:

  • A recognised tertiary qualification (Level 5 or above) or,
  • 2-3 years’ experience working in marketing, communication, or media related fields.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills 
  • Good presentation and interactive skills
  • The ability to work with a wide and diverse range of organisations 
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to make decisions quickly and confidently. 
  • A full and current driver licence
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC. 


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $80,280 to $89,200 and will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. 

Other benefits of working for our team include:

  • Flexible working options to support work/life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave after 3 years
  • 4% superannuation after 3 years
  • Life insurance and income protection 
  • Subsidised eye tests and lenses, flu vaccinations, and other well-being initiatives 
  • Strong commitment to developing and upskilling people within a supportive working environment. 

To see a full list of our benefits please visit our website.

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.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 9 August 2023.

Please apply through Seek or send your CV and cover letter to

To view the job description please visit our website here.

Please note that we will be reviewing and shortlisting applicants as they come in. We encourage early applications as we may withdraw the advertising at any time.


About us | E pā ki a mātou:

At Hawke’s Bay Regional Council our purpose is to work with our community to protect and manage the region’s precious taonga of rivers, lakes, soils, air, coast and biodiversity for health, wellbeing and connectivity. Our organisation is diverse and our work is varied. Our structure comprises of six key business units; Corporate Services, Integrated Catchment Management, Asset Management, Māori Partnerships, Policy & Regulation, and the Executive Advisory Group which also consists of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management.


We focus on prioritising:

Te kounga o te wai, te haumarutanga me te mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi o te whakamarutanga | Water quality, safety and climate-resilient security.  

Kia koi, kia toitū hoki te whakamahinga o te whenua | Climate-smart and sustainable land use. 

Kia ora, kia āhei, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki te rerenga rauropi | Healthy, functioning and climate-resilient biodiversity. 

Kia toitū, kia mārohirohi ā-āhuarangi hoki ngā ratonga me ngā hanganga ā-whare | Sustainable and climate-resilient services and infrastructure. 


10 July 2023

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