Principal Advisor - Strategic Transport

At the Christchurch City Council, we're committed to creating a better future for our city, and for our residents.  You'll make a positive impact on our future while enjoying the opportunities that come with working at Christchurch City Council, where it's possible to love what you do.

The Planning & Strategic Transport Unit is at the forefront of managing the rapid and exciting transformation of the City so that Christchurch in the future is a resilient city, prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. The team has responsibility for:


  • developing, implementing and monitoring the Christchurch Transport Plan;
  • contributing to collaborative planning and strategic transport initiatives at a Greater Christchurch and regional level;
  • supporting integrated planning within Council through the provision of strategic transport analysis and advice; and
  • advising senior leadership and elected members on emerging transport policy developments.
The team works closely with land-use planning and operational transport teams within Council; across transport and local government agencies; and alongside key stakeholders.  


As Principal Advisor, Strategic Transport you will be responsible for leading, shaping and delivering key strategic transport initiatives within Council and along-side our partner agencies. You will be well versed in emerging directions in transport policy and planning - including: the role that transport policy will play in emissions reduction, and the integration of multi-modal transport and land-use planning.

We're interested in candidates with 7-10+ years' experience in transport policy and planning; transport strategy development and implementation; provision of strategic advice and the ability to turn technical concepts into 'plain english'; managing projects; and working within or working with local and/or central government agencies.

Feel like you don't meet every single requirement of the job description? 

Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At the Christchurch City Council, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways.

Additional information:

Hours of work - Full-time, permanent 

The salary range for this role is approximately $106,871 - $119,033 per annum, depending on the agreement and successful candidates skills and experience

Location - This position is primarily based at Civic Offices, 53 Hereford St

Whilst staff working at the Christchurch City Council are not currently required to be vaccinated, applicants need to be aware that should the COVID-19 environment change, roles across the organisation will be assessed, and the requirement to be vaccinated may be reviewed.

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Permanent Full Time

Job no: IUAJ252537

Location: Christchurch City

Closing Date: Closing 23:55