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Communication Advisor

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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:

Cyclone Gabrielle has had a significant and long lasting impact on the infrastructure, environment and communities in our region. This is why HBRC is boosting the capacity in our dedicated teams of experts who are actively engaged in recovery work – so that we can deliver for our communities and our environment. This work is diverse and interesting, offering a rare opportunity to be part of a flood network redesign for an entire region, work that will continue to unfold over the next ten years. These projects will make a real difference for Hawke’s Bay; being a part of these exciting initiatives will bring  you immense job satisfaction and a feeling of true achievement.

This is a permanent and full time opportunity that will require you to be based in the Hawke’s Bay as part of a wider delivery team. The Communication Advisor role will focus on providing comms and marketing advice to key internal and external stakeholders to progress these critical projects. This role involves cultivating a thorough understanding of key stakeholder groups, serving as a primary contact for community members with concerns, addressing specific inquiries, and organizing and facilitating regular community meetings as required. In this role you would also need to assist colleagues involved in the Council flood infrastructure rebuild project, collaborate with the Communications team, and work across the organization to guarantee cohesive communication within and between projects.

About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

To be successful in these roles you will need to demonstrate:

  • Relevant Bachelor's degree or equivalent tertiary qualification and or a minimum of 3 years' experience in a relevant field
  • An understanding of and experience in local government
  • Proactive and open-minded approach to problem solving in your work
  • Collaborative team practices and a willingness to actively engage in a building positive team culture
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC

What we offer | Nga huanga mōu:

The salary range for these roles is between 76,000 and $85,000, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. We are open of offering competitive market rates to secure the right people to get this critical work delivered for  our communicates.

Our team is collaborative and supportive, helping one another when the going gets tough. We will support your learning and development to ensure you are fully equipped to deliver best outcomes for Council and our communities.

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

How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 23 February 2024 however we will be interviewing suitable candidates as they apply so please express your interest today.

View the full job descriptions below:

Communications Advisor

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As an equal opportunity employer, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. We recognise that collaborative and innovative organisations depend on having a workforce made up from a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. We're all about excellence, and we encourage open communication – if you need any specific support, just let us know! Our main goal is to empower each person to share their unique talents to contribute to the outcomes for our community. This commitment ensures that our workplace is a dynamic and progressive space where everyone can flourish.

 HBRC is responsible for Civil Defence emergencies and as such, all staff may be called upon to support the response.


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. 

23 January 2024

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