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Senior Governance Advisor

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About The opportunity | Ko te āheinga:

Are you an experienced professional with a background in local government, known for your calm temperament under pressure and strategic mindset? We're in need of a Senior Governance Advisor to become an integral part of our dynamic team, providing invaluable assistance in achieving our objectives. The focus of this role is to provide safe, accurate and timely governance advice, guidance and support to elected members, the Chief Executive and Council officers, observing relevant legislation and regulations.

As a Senior Governance Advisor, you'll be instrumental in ensuring our team achieves its objectives. This includes delivering top-notch governance support to the Council and its committees, providing timely advice on statutory obligations, and managing representation arrangements for local elections.


About you | E pā ana ki a koe:

You will be someone with the ability to build and maintain strong and meaningful relationships with our various stakeholders and with our Tangata Whenua partners, cognisant of Council’s statutory Treaty obligations and tikanga. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, be pro-active, self-motivated and enthusiastic! In this role you will establish and maintain close working relationships with a wide range of Council staff, particularly within the Strategy and Governance team, Māori Partnerships team and with the Executive Leadership Team and their executive assistants. To be successful in this key position, you will have extensive experience in local government (more important than any degree), with a focus on understanding council committee processes and a comprehensive understanding of the Local Government Act and LGOIMA.


We may have a future opportunity for someone at a more junior level, so if you are interested in this role but maybe not ready to a Senior just yet please do apply and let us know what skill, motivation and background you will bring to the team.


You will also have:

  • 3+ years proven advisory experience desirable.
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Strong understanding of Council committee processes.
  • A demonstrated ability to prepare clear concise reports and correspondence for a range of audiences.
  • Knowledge of the Local Government Act, LGOIMA and other relevant legislation.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other database and information management systems 
  • Analytical skills. 
  • Confident ability to deliver effectively in pressure situations.
  • Confident managing technology in Council meetings.
  • Sound understanding of tikanga Māori and Māori values and an appreciation of how they relate to local government functions and resource management plan and policy development.
  • Open minded and collaborative approach to working both within a team and with external stakeholders.
  • Innovative and solution focused attitude.
  • Resilience, adaptability, and flexibility to keep up with the ever-changing nature of HBRC


If you're ready to bring your local government experience to the table, excel under pressure, and balance strategic thinking with attention to detail, we want to hear from you. Join us and become the everyday star of our team!


What we offer | Nga huanga mōu

Due to considering both a junior and senior level in our Governance Advisory spacethe salary range is broad. The senior role would be at the higher end of this scale. Our range is between $69,750 to $91,400 dependant on your level of qualification and experience.


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.


See a full list of our staff benefits here 

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.


How to apply | I pēhea ki te whakauru:

Applications close 14 July 2024, however we will be shortlisting and interviewing appropriate candidates as applications are received. If you are interested in this position, please do not wait to apply as we may close the ad earlier than advertised.

View the full job description here.

Please apply via Seek. If you have any question about this opportunity please contact:


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. 

12 June 2024

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