Senior Regional Communications and Engagement Advisor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Auckland
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1510697
  • Job Title: Senior Regional Communications and Engagement Advisor
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  • Summary:

This is a new regionally-based role, reporting through to the National Communications and Engagement Directorate based in National Headquarters (Wellington).

The Senior Advisor will need to be an experienced communications and engagement generalist, able to turn their hand to media management, identifying and implementing internal and external communications outputs as well as acting as Public Information Manager, as needed, during an emergency response.

This is a critical role and will ensure high-quality regional support is available and well aligned. As this will be a regionally based role reporting through to a national function, the Senior Advisor will need to be able to be adept at managing multiple priorities and working autonomously.

This is a permanent role and benefits include matched KiwiSaver employer contributions of up to 6%, life and income protection insurance, and generous sick leave provisions through our Wellness policy.

About you

The successful candidate will need to have the following:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in communications or related field
  • Ideally five years’ experience working in a senior communications or engagement role
  • Significant experience in media management
  • Experience undertaking a Public Information Manager role in an emergency event, or significant experience in crisis and issues management, ideally within an operational context
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing communications and engagement plans
  • Excellent ability to write clear, accurate communications for a range of channels (including digital channels)
  • Experience building close and trusted working relationships with senior executives with the ability to influence

Experience in a similar role in an operational delivery agency is highly desirable.

About us

For more than 150 years, fire service organisations have been at the heart of New Zealand communities, protecting and preserving life and property.

In that time, the importance of our service has remained vital to our communities but our role and the types of emergencies we respond to has changed.

Climate change, new technology, and a growing, aging and diversifying population, means our communities face new challenges. Unplanned emergency events are also increasing in frequency and severity.

In 2017, Fire and Emergency New Zealand was established to bring together New Zealand’s urban and rural fire services into one integrated, modern fire and emergency services organisation to reflect the changing roles of firefighters and meet the changing needs of our communities.

These days, we do so much more than just fight fires. We work with communities to build their resilience by helping them prepare for, respond to and recover well from emergencies.

We respond to a wide variety of emergencies including motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, dealing with hazardous substances, severe weather events and natural disasters. We work to reduce risk to make our communities

How to apply

If this sounds like you go to our website to view the position description and apply.

You will receive an email response to confirm we have received your application. Any enquiries may be directed to

Applications close Thursday, 18 February 2021.