Democracy Manager/General Counsel - Palmerston North City Council


  • Small city benefits, big city ambition
  • Make a positive impact contributing to city growth
  • Management level opportunity to make a mark on the future of the organisation

Palmerston North is a vibrant, progressive and ambitious city. The city is currently experiencing growth in all sectors and competes with other regional centres amidst technological and demographic change for capital, talent and visitors.

In this context Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) provides services to 90,000 residents, employing 600 staff across a broad range of functions. PNCC is leading a bold new vision for Palmerston North: small city benefits, big city ambition that will help the metro achieve its potential, capitalise on its strengths, and thrive in the future.

Currently PNCC is seeking to appoint a Democracy Manager to join its Strategy & Planning unit. Reporting to the General Manager – Strategy & Planning, this role is responsible for providing general legal counsel across all aspects of Council affairs. This service includes document preparation, the provision of advice on constitutional matters of Council (and CCOs), and the processing of official information requests.

Preferred candidates for this role be familiar with the Local Government Act and have a strong service ethic, with a commitment to providing a seamless service to staff and elected members. A strong relationship builder, the Democracy Manager serves as a conduit between governance and operations, ensuring PNCC has robust democratic processes that meet all legislative and policy requirements. This role is instrumental in ensuring a high quality of advice to Council and its committees, that in turn facilitates effective decision-making. 

If you’re looking for a role where you can work for a great council and lead a high performing team that has real value for the city, this role represents a compelling next career step.

To apply in strict confidence now, email your cover letter and CV tocvwlg@sheffield.co.nz quoting 248056lg. Applications close on 1st September 2019. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

To view the position description, please click here.

For more information please phone Nicholas Buck on +64 274 745 366.

Permanent Full Time

Job no: 248056lg

Location: Palmerston North City

Closing Date: Wednesday, 4 September 2019