Communications Advisor

Are you a proactive ideas person with a passion for connecting knowledge and community?

In this key role within our Communications and Engagement Team, you will be responsible for developing and leading a diverse range of communications and engagement functions and activities for the Whakatane District Council. The Council is looking to build its capability in Maori and iwi engagement, so a highly-developed awareness of Tikanga Maori and Te Reo Maori are integral in this role to reflect the rich culture and history of the Whakatane District and its people.

Working closely with the Communications and Engagement Manager, you will be responsible for the delivery of Council's internal and external communications. You will develop and implement sound communications and engagement plans and provide written content for all communication channels, including media releases. Your considered approach to Maori and iwi engagement will help to strengthen our work with treaty partners.

Your work tasks will include media relations, publication development, brand management, community engagement and online communication, including social media. You will be required to build and maintain strong relationships and liaise with internal stakeholders to provide advice and strategic communications support.

The successful candidate will demonstrate proven experience in communications/public relations disciplines in a local government environment. Excellent writing skills are essential, as is the ability to develop relationships with people at all levels.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in communications/public relations
  • Demonstrated experience in a local government environment
  • The ability to communicate engagingly and effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills

This is an opportunity to work as part of a motivated, professional and community-focused team in New Zealand's 'sunshine capital'. You will be working with talented and enthusiastic people who like to have fun and enjoy our spectacular environment.

To apply for this job go to: & enter ref code: 4893095. Applications close 23 October 2019


Permanent Full Time

Job no: 4893095

Location: Whakatane

Closing Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019