Community Lease Specialist

Date: 09-Sep-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Manage leases for council assets to deliver community benefits
  • Engage with stakeholders and customers of Council, local boards & the community
  • Join a team committed to collaboration, championing innovation and delivering value


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Community Facilities (CF) plays an integral role as the kaitiaki (guardian) of Auckland Council’s asset portfolio. These assets range from community buildings such as libraries, pools and recreation centres, to open spaces like our regional parks, sports parks and campgrounds. Community leases  activate and promote the wellbeing of our communities by providing leases and licences of land and buildings for community activities through community occupancy agreements.


The Leasing team in Community Facilities at Auckland Council is recruiting for a Community Lease Specialist to manage Council's leases of community buildings and land.  This role supports delivery of community benefits that align with local board plans, The Auckland Plan and community outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau.


As a Community Lease Specialist, you’ll be making a vital contribution to our region by ensuring our facilities are utilised to their full potential. Responsible for managing leases of our buildings and land, you will help to ensure our policies benefit the community while upholding both the Council’s and the local boards’ plans, community aspirations and strategic outcomes for Tāmaki Makaurau. 


Your main responsibilities will include processing applications for community occupancy on Council land and buildings, managing relationships with tenants and other key stakeholders, as well as making recommendations and reporting to the local boards for approval on new and existing leases, variations, assignment of leases, termination and surrender of leases. 


Alongside drafting and preparing community lease documents, you’ll also be managing existing leases in a pro-active way to ensure all Council responsibilities and community outcomes are being met while maintaining accurate lease data and delivering on local board work programmes.


He kōrero mōu: About you


With an analytical mind and impeccable communication skills, you’ll have previous experience in property management, contract management, law, community engagement or community policy development. Ideally, you’ll have a good understanding of local government legislation and the Reserves Act. 


You’ll be a natural at building relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and be skilled in negotiating your way through complex or political environments. As a committed problem solver, you’ll have a knack for thinking strategically. You’ll be comfortable using Microsoft Office while any experience with SAP will be well regarded. This role is based in the CBD, but requires travel to other parts of the region, so it’s also important that you hold a New Zealand driver’s license.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


We will offer you a career enhancing opportunity, competitive remuneration and to be part of Auckland’s meaningful history. Additionally, this role will give you great exposure to working closely with local politicians and boards to develop sound community policies. We can offer upskilling and training in areas such as policy development, political report writing and more. As a Council employee, you will be entitled to a range of benefits and partnership discounts. Working 40 hours per week Monday to Friday, you will have some flexibility with how those hours are set.


Our friendly and collaborative team is committed to making a positive contribution to Auckland’s community, and we would love for you to join us. Apply today (telling us why you are interested in and right for this opportunity) by cover letter along with your CV.


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


Applications close Sunday, 26th September 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.