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Programme Manager - Placemaking

Date: 06-Jan-2021

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council



  • Be at the heart of the city centre placemaking and activation programme 
  • Use your strong project management skills
  • Make a difference to the lives of the people of Auckland



He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Auckland Council's Development Programme Office has a great opportunity for an experienced programme manager to support council's contribution to fostering a vibrant and welcoming Auckland city centre.

In this role, you will be responsible for managing the delivery of programmes for placemaking and activation in the city centre. These range from enlivening public spaces and rejuvenating the public realm, to strengthening the connection between people and the places they share.  Exciting projects in the pipeline could see you working alongside mana whenua to weave Māori culture and values into the public realm, helping kids feel safer when traveling to school, showcasing our diverse communities, arts and culture in the festival calendar, or supporting a neighbourhood through a period of change while we build a new streetscape.

You will work alongside our activation curator in the best-practice execution of events and initiatives that make the city centre a great place to live, work, study, visit or do business.  You’ll need to leverage your experience in a wide range of project management areas including procurement, reporting, financial management, health and safety, stakeholder engagement, and supplier and contractor management.  You’ll be the reliable engine that keeps the creative machine moving effectively.

Whether it’s making sure things are running smoothly behind the scenes or working directly with communities, you will play a key part in helping Aucklanders through periods of change, bringing diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired, and supporting local business and public safety.  This is an exciting time to join us!


He kōrero mōu: About you

As a capable and experienced project/programme manager, you demonstrate skills in the end to end functions of project management and are known to be particularly strong in the areas of finance and small to medium scale procurement.  Alongside your technical expertise, you’ll also have a robust appreciation for working collaboratively with community and creatives on activation and placemaking.

You recognise that Te Ao Māori and our Māori communities should contribute significantly and meaningfully in the current reshaping of Tāmaki Makaurau, placing emphasis on Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau's role in contributing to Māori well-being.

You are able to logically navigate through complex problems and deliver under pressure. You have the ability to see the big picture while at the same time being organised, systematic and detailed in your approach.


You’ll be comfortable with complexity and ambiguity, adept at identifying a strategic way forward, and at ease working with a diverse range of community and organisational stakeholders.

You have a full New Zealand driver’s licence or can travel independently. You can also self-manage a working week to include attending occasional community events outside of standard working hours.

If you are known as a driven, goal oriented and resilient individual who knows how to appropriately and respectfully push boundaries and create opportunities, then we want to hear from you.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

You will be at the heart of the vibrant and exciting placemaking and activation programme within the city centre.  You will have great support to grow your career and build relationships from an established and experienced team that will set you up for success.

We love coming to work each day as we know we are making a difference to the lives of the people of Auckland. So come and join us - we know you'll be challenged and inspired!


For more information you can contact Shar Mahon on +64-27 769 1880 or shar.mahon@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for a confidential chat or for a copy of the position description.


This role is deemed safety sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.  


Applications close Monday 8 February 2021

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.