Manager Environmental Planning


  • Business Unit Management and People Leadership
  • Career succession step with work-life balance!
  • Influential role with meaningful impact within the region

Nelson is a thriving city set within a diverse region with a gorgeous natural environment, amazing weather and easy access to beautiful natural resources.  All of which provide a wonderful backdrop for businesses and communities to live, work and play. 

This “Smart Little City” is at the heart of the region.  Nelson City Council is a Unitary Authority responsible for providing key infrastructure, community facilities, economic development, a range of regulatory functions and managing natural resources.

The role provides operational leadership of the Environmental Planning business unit, who is responsible for the development and review of Environmental bylaws and resource management plans. The new generation Nelson Plan is a key focus that focuses on the future in terms of environmental protection and enhancement, climate change resilience, development, and growth.

We need an energetic leader with sound judgment to support and lead a passionate professional team of planners, all at differing stages in their career, who will highly value your mentoring and coaching style. Aligned to the organisation culture will be your values-based, action-orientated approach to engage with the integrated Council operations and you will lead with exceptional technical nous, whilst keeping an eye on future trends and the changing landscape of the RMA.

In this role, you will be responsible for the overall integrity, quality assurance and delivery of the complex Planning work programme ensuring work is delivered from a Council-wide perspective.  Therefore, in addition to your strong partnering and people leadership qualities, you will bring a proven background in senior planning advice, expertise and technical leadership in key planning and policy areas.

Critical to success in this political environment will be your ability to engage with and manage expectations through building productive, collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including proactively participating in community facilitation and engagement on planning and policy matters. This will require you to possess advanced political astuteness.

You will have a minimum of 10+ years' environmental planning experience that underpins your proven business unit management and people leadership experience, and your career history may span working in local government or consultancy (Planning, Policy, Resource Consents), with a relevant professional qualification in Environmental Management, Resource Management or related discipline.

For an articulate and motivated professional, we offer you this enviable career step and lifestyle opportunity in a fabulous location, and a supportive and collaborative work environment, with an attractive remuneration on offer.

To register your interest in this superb opportunity, please submit your details in absolute confidence via our registration process attaching both an up-to-date CV and cover letter (in Word please). For a confidential conversation, you can contact Amanda Scott, Consulting Director at talentnow! on 021784483.

Applications close Friday 20th December 2019

Permanent Full Time

Job no: KZCK945351

Location: Nelson

Closing Date: Friday, 20 December 2019