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Senior Communications Specialist

Date: 13-Aug-2019

Location: Auckland Wide, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Be an environmental change agent in one of the largest comms teams in Auckland
  • Fast paced and exciting role
  • Two-year fixed term role in Auckland’s CBD


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Auckland Council has developed the first Auckland-wide plan, aiming at an aspirational goal of Zero Waste, helping people to minimise their waste and create economic opportunities in doing so. Auckland Council aims to deliver waste services more efficiently, find better ways to recover and re-use resources and send less waste to landfill.


A two-year fixed term opportunity is available for a Senior Communications Specialist to join our busy Waste Minimisation and Management Plan (WMMP) team. As a Senior Communications Specialist, you will develop and deliver creative, accessible and innovative communications plans and strategies for the WMMP. You will contribute to the reputation management of the council by building trust in the council decisions and operations. In particular, you will work closely with the Solid Waste team and Communications department to ensure the programmes are delivered, stakeholders engaged and objectives met. This role will see you put your planning and project management skills to the test through managing a range of campaigns for a variety of audiences against critical deadlines. Additionally, you will be responsible for producing media releases and managing relationships with the media, agencies and the public. While publicity is the main focus of this role it is balanced alongside a major marketing emphasis.


He kōrero mōu: About you


You are a driven individual who executes and delivers well. You are passionate about the environment and are wanting to make a difference. As this role has both a publicity and marketing focus, proven experience in both areas is preferred. You will be able to point to your delivery of successful communication strategies, as well as the development and implementation of well received programmes and services. Naturally, you will have a strong generalist communication skill set and an inherent risk radar. You will be a real team player with a passion for communications and influencing change in social behaviour through targeted communications. An appreciation for the complexity of working in a political and high-profile environment is vital.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


In return, we will offer you career enhancement, competitive salary and, because this isn’t your standard communications role, you will have the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects that make a difference with a talented and supportive team. If you are an internal candidate (not a temp or contractor), please apply via the Tupu internal careers page.


Apply today (telling us your story and why you are interested in and right for this opportunity) by cover letter along with your CV.


Applications close Thursday, 5 September 2019.

Please note that we may, however, be considering applications as they are received so please do not delay in applying.


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.

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