Group Manager Leisure & Recreation - Invercargill City Council

  • Invercargill Based
  • Join a New Executive Team
  • Be part of an Organisational Transformation

With total income in excess of $83m per annum and employing over 385 employees, Invercargill City Council is a key player in advancing the growth and prosperity of the Southland Region. Invercargill’s reputation for being family friendly is well deserved, with affordable housing, great schools, amazing facilities and the iconic Central Otago, Fiordland and Catlins on the doorstep. The city is in a strong financial position, undergoing the biggest resurgence in its 166-year history and is committed to key initiatives including the CBD redevelopment and other significant community and infrastructure investments during the coming years.

The Council operations are undergoing transformation with a new organisational structure to support these changes.  The objective being to deliver council services to a better standard, more quickly and more affordably to ratepayers.  A number of new positions arise from these changes and offer the unique opportunity to be in the vanguard of changes to local government service delivery.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Group Manager, Leisure and Recreation is a broad and newly developed role in the five-member executive team and will champion and deliver ICC’s commitment to leisure, recreation, arts and culture.  This role will lead the operation of ICC’s parks, aquatic, arts and library services to a high standard whilst excelling at meeting customer and community needs and developing the strategic direction of these services.  Leading 5 direct reports with a wider team of approximately 200, this senior role represents a real opportunity to shape this directorate, developing capability, encouraging collaboration and promoting customer-centric and positive culture, values and behaviours.

Desirable candidates will have sound experience at senior level in an operational, service focused role, ideally in local government or relevant sector.  Essential to this position is proven experience leading the service delivery of facilities for community and recreation, including some experience with redevelopment of facilities. Strategic planning, strong change leadership experience and the ability to negotiate, coupled with a track record of building positive stakeholder and community-based relationships are desired.

This role represents a great opportunity for someone looking for that next step to elevate their career, or for experienced candidates attracted to the benefits and lifestyle offered in this location.

To apply in strict confidence now, click ‘Apply for this job’ or email your cover letter and CV to quoting 7188lg.  Applications close on 9 August 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.

Permanent Full Time

Job no: 7188LG

Location: Southland, Environment Southland, Gore, Invercargill City, Southland District

Closing Date: Friday, 14 August 2020