Official Information Officer


Part-time - 30 hours per week

We are seeking an innovative and process focused individual to join us in the role of Official Information Officer to further develop and deliver on our official information request responsibilities. This is an exciting time to join us as we continue our journey in enhancing our transparency, so bring your experience and ideas to help ensure our going legislative compliance.

We are looking for a confident individual who will use their initiative to put in place, and continually refine, best practice processes and procedures in all areas of their work.

The ideal candidate:

  • identifies, establishes, influences and fosters opportunities to enhance the organisation's understanding of its obligations under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA), as well as the Privacy Act
  • takes advantage of opportunities to grow LGOIMA awareness in the organisation
  • has an eye for detail
  • has experience with LGOIMA legislation or a working ability to translate legislation (or other structured text) to the information that is subject for public release.

In this role you will get to work with a wide range of council staff. You will need to be able to prioritise multiple tasks while remaining calm and efficient, producing high quality work under pressure. The Official Information Officer must be able to handle difficult and sensitive situations with discretion and grace.

You'll be required to provide quality draft legislative responses, as well as possess good English language skills and a highly developed knowledge of local government practices. We're looking for someone with a demonstrated ability to work autonomously, utilise good judgment and deal with matters in the absence of decision makers. You'll need to establish work priorities, meet deadlines, proactively identify and resolve issues, and negotiate effective outcomes in a complex and demanding environment.

While previous experience in a similar role would be helpful, we will consider applications from people with the ability to acquire knowledge and apply it in the context of reading or drafting official information responses.

Enquires about this role can be made to Kate Barnes, Senior Democracy Advisor on 06 349 3003. (Online applications only will be accepted for this role).

You can also visit our website www.whanganui.govt.nz for more information and to apply for this role.

Applications Close: 27 April 2021

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: 5439578

Location: Whanganui

Closing Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021