Senior Media Relations Specialist

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 week ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Communications, media, & marketing
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 04-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: 32692366
  • Job Title: Senior Media Relations Specialist
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  • Summary:

The Environmental Protection Authority is an independent Crown agency responsible for regulating activities that affect New Zealand’s environment. This includes assessing whether certain chemicals should be allowed into New Zealand, regulating activities in the Exclusive Economic Zone, and administering the Emissions Trading Scheme.   

Looking for a role where you can make a difference? We’re seeking someone who can help tell our stories; letting New Zealanders know who we are and what we’re doing to protect people and the environment.

The work we do makes a difference to the everyday lives of all New Zealanders, and everyone working at the EPA contributes to this work.a

About the role:

The role of Senior Media Relations Advisor role is a new position, established as part of the EPA’s increased focus on engaging with all New Zealanders.

This is a permanent full-time role based in our office on Lambton Quay in Wellington’s central city.

The successful candidate will take the lead in managing media queries and supporting our spokespeople; be involved in the creation and implementation of communications strategies; create a range of material, including media releases, newsletter articles, and targeted content; and provide day-to-day communications advice to the organisation.

Our Communications team sits within the wider Engagement group, and focuses on internal and external communications, including managing our intranet and the external website; running our social media channels; media liaison; being champions of the EPA brand; and works closely with our colleagues responsible for community engagement, events, and technical writing.

The work will be varied and stimulating, and no two days will be the same.

What we’re looking for:

We are seeking someone who has a range of qualities, including:

  • at least five years’ experience in an equivalent role (media relations); experience working in the media would be an advantage
  • experience working in complex organisations and managing a diverse and sometimes conflicting workload
  • media savvy, and is comfortable using monitoring tools and analytics
  • excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • confidence taking technical or complex material and translating it into plain English
  • the ability to craft a written story that is informative and engaging; video filming and editing skills would be a welcome bonus
  • initiative, problem solving skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • the ability to engage and influence at a senior management and governance level
  • the ability to mentor, lead and coach staff to grow capability and capacity through a mix of thought and creative leadership

What we offer:

The EPA is a great place to work, made up of friendly people with ambitious goals. We value our employees, and take pride in offering a positive working environment, lots of professional development, and supporting work-life balance.

Some of the benefits of working with us include on-site weekly Māori language lessons and regular Te Ao Māori workshops, as well as frequent talks on a range of topics from fascinating external speakers. We also have a variety of staff groups, from yoga to adventure running, that cater to the diverse interests of our staff.

In addition to these great benefits at work, we offer our staff extra leave on top of the standard requirements and challenging and interesting work.

For more information and the jposition description, please visit the Careers section of our website (

Role closes 18 March 2020, if not filled prior, feel free to get in touch with Bree with any questions.