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Team Leader Emergency Management - Operational Readiness

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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 an experienced emergency management leader to join the Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group. The CDEM Group is a shared service arrangement between the five Hawke’s Bay Councils.  The Group office is responsible for ensuring councils and emergency service partners are able to effectively coordinate the response to a wide range of civil defence emergencies.  We also work closely with a wide range of agencies to improve the resilience of our communities to disasters.  

As a senior leader within the Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group, the Team Leader Emergency Management Operational Readiness will provide leadership to the Operational Readiness team - including specialist emergency management advisors, responsible for the capability development of incident management teams, volunteer management, operational plans and response facilities and technology.

During a response the Team Leader may be required to undertake a senior response role - training and support will be provided to develop your competence and confidence in this space. 


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

We are seeking a people leader with the ability and drive to make things happen! Previous experience working in multi-agency emergency responses is preferred but other relative, operational response focused experience will be considered. 

You will be passionate about supporting your community and building strong relationships with a diverse range of people. Preferably you will also have an advanced understanding of the New Zealand emergency management system and the delivery of operational readiness plans and strategies.

Ideally you will also have:

  • A recognised degree level tertiary qualification (Level 7 or above) and/or significant relevant experience in emergency management.
  • Sound knowledge of Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS).
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Advanced crisis management leadership skills.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of emergency management. 
  • A clean full driver’s licence. 
  • Have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Due to the nature of the role, you will need to be flexible and have an ability to be on call or be available outside of standard work hours, either on an individual basis or as part of a rostered team approach.


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for this role is between $111,330 to $123,700 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 coordinating 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 30 August 2023.

Please apply through Seek or by sending your CV and cover letter to

To view the job description please visit our website here.


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. 

31 July 2023

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