Senior Advisor, Communications & Engagement

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Communications
  • Location: Waikato
  • Date Advertised: 18-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: NZTA/1446070
  • Job Title: Senior Advisor, Communications & Engagement
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  • Summary:
  • Make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders
  • An exciting time for the agency, as we gear up for delivery
  • We are currently recruiting in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland regions

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. The Transport Agency has 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 is accountable for leading effective agency governance, stakeholder engagement and communications, and regional relationships so we are supported to achieve our goals through great organisational storytelling, effective cross government facilitation, 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 advice and the tools to be successful. 

The opportunity | Te whiwhinga mahi

This is an exciting time to join Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. As well as our existing work we are also gearing up to deliver an exciting new range of projects and programmes. This includes implementing visionary strategies to make our transport system safer, reforming our regulatory function and planning and delivering projects as part of the Government’s recently announced NZ Upgrade Programme.

We are looking for great new talent across all levels and have opportunities for programmes and projects in in a variety of locations around the country.

You’ll offer advice and provide communications and engagement planning and delivery for these projects and programmes of work to ensure Waka Kotahi is well supported to achieve its goals.

As our Senior Advisor, your role will be to help connect people with Waka Kotahi and 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 and be able to manage ambiguity. Identifying opportunities and making improvements are important aspects you will be bring.

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 communications and engagement 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
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning in the field of engagement and communications

Applications close | Rā katingaWednesday 4th of March 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.