Strategic Advisor

Full-time - fixed-term (two years)

There's a lot going on in local government, and here at Kapiti Coast District Council we are working to deliver a strong, sustainable future - Toitu Kapiti. As a Strategic Advisor you will work to ensure our Council's direction today takes account of long term trends and possibilities.

The role is part of the Chief Executive's Group, and is focused on providing high quality advice and insights to our decision makers and the wider organisation that challenges our assumptions about tomorrow, to support better decision making today.

At this level, you must have a robust understanding of the diverse challenges facing Kapiti and the local government sector, and be able to demonstrate your ability to think strategically, and develop and articulate strategy.

It goes without saying that you are a polished writer, have a high level of political acumen and are confident in your ability to provide sound strategic advice to senior executives, politicians and other key stakeholders.

In this role you are going to be working closely with our partners, and you will have the ability to form and enhance strong relationships. These may be with central and local government agencies; with iwi; and with our business and other communities. They will also be across our organisation, where you will be joining the dots and finding the opportunities.

Key results and outcomes expected from this role:


  • Strategy development - the ability to identify, investigate strategic issues, lead and shape the development of strategies and strategic responses;
  • Relationship management - able to establish strong, respectful and productive relationships with partners, stakeholders and communities, to understand perspectives and to communicate Council views, roles and opportunities;
  • Project management - to lead or assist as appropriate on key strategic projects, to do what we say we will do.
The preferred applicants will need to undergo the usual pre-employment checks, including police, criminal history and credit checks. Please note you must be eligible to work in New Zealand.


Enquiries about this position should be directed to Dianne Andrew, Organisational Development Manager on 04 296 4700 or free phone 0800 486 486.

Further information about the position and application documents are published on our website at

Applications close 12 noon Friday, 22 November 2019.

Permanent Full Time

Job no: KIAO945250

Location: Kapiti Coast

Closing Date: Friday, 22 November 2019