Communications Manager

Palmerston North (or, as we like to call it, Palmy) is a growing, innovative, and exciting city.  With small city benefits and big city ambition, Palmy has secured its place on the map as a creative and exciting city, with leading innovation and developments!  We are proud to be a city that includes, supports, connects, and uses the talents of the whole community in our pursuit to provide a connected and safe community.  We are also a future-focused city who cares about enhancing our natural and built environment.  Our future looks bright, it looks vibrant and progressive.

We are looking for a vibrant, bold, politically savvy, and forward-thinking Communications Manager, who is passionate about making a positive difference in our city.  This is an opportunity for an experienced communications person with proven experience in leading a high-performing team.  You will oversee our communications plans to ensure Council strategies are aligned, and storytelling opportunities are taken full advantage of.

You will be adept at succeeding in communications implementation, particularly website, social media and news media engagement, and enjoy getting involved in the design and implementation of all types of communications campaigns.  Being able to develop and maintain effective relationships with your team, other senior managers and key stakeholders is crucial in this role.

You will be self-motivated, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be excited by the possibilities of growing a city culture and vibrancy.  You will champion and align our Council Units to speak with one voice through communications campaigns and activities, be a motivating coach and mentor to your team, and be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

If this sounds like the role for you, please apply today!


To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV to quoting A007816sk. Applications close on 27 September 2021. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Nicholas Buck on +64 27 474 5366.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 7816lg

Location: Palmerston North City

Closing Date: Sunday, 10 October 2021