Senior Advisor, Communications and Engagement

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 days ago
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  • Category: Communications
  • Location: Otago
  • Date Advertised: 14-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1480243
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor, Communications and Engagement
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  • Summary:
  • Opportunity to work from home in beautiful Queenstown
  • An exciting time for Waka Kotahi, as we gear up for delivery
  • Our first Queenstown-based Communications and Engagement Senior Advisor role

About us | Ko wai mātou

At Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation’s performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for New Zealand. We have a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years’ time.

The Engagement and Partnerships Group leads effective agency governance, stakeholder engagement and communications, and regional relationships to support Waka Kotahi to achieve its goals through great storytelling, effective cross government partnership, sound reputation management and strengthened relationships with our partners.

Our team is dynamic, working across the business to understand who our stakeholders are, how we connect with them and work with them to achieve the outcomes being sought by their communities.  Our role is to provide strategic direction to the business in this work as well as the advice and tools to be successful. 

The opportunity | Te whiwhinga mahi

This is an exciting time to join Waka Kotahi in our first Queenstown-based Communications and Engagement Senior Advisor role. We are gearing up to deliver a number of cornerstone projects across Wakatipu, as part of the Government’s NZ Upgrade Programme. Outstanding storytelling, strategic communications, and strong, thoughtful engagement will be critical as we move into the next phase of planning and delivery.

As our Senior Advisor, your role will be to help champion our reputation through best practice engagement and communications. Dealing with external and internal parties across the business, you will have strong stakeholder engagement and relationship development skills. You will be innovative and creative, a self-starter, be able to think on your feet, and able to manage ambiguity.

About you | Ko koe tēnei

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Previous experience in strategic communications and engagement planning and delivery at senior advisor level
  • Excellent writing skills and experience presenting complex information clearly and simply
  • Sound knowledge of communications and engagement tools, techniques and channels
  • Other specialist skills to manage stakeholder engagement, change communications and connect programmes of work to the big picture
  • Proven ability to build relationships with staff at all levels
  • Previous exposure to successfully working in a collaborative/matrix environment and ability to work through ambiguity
  • Experience working in the public sector, or in infrastructure would be valuable
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning in the field of engagement and communications

*Please note that this is a Queenstown based position, initially requiring the successful applicant to work from home. You will however need to be able to travel to, and work from, other Waka Kotahi office locations where necessary.

Applications close | Rā katinga: Wednesday the 28th of October 2020

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values. Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.