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Design Review Panels Lead

Date: 12-Jan-2019

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

Auckland is fast becoming recognised as one of the most exciting cities in the world to work as an urban designer.

Auckland's vision is to be a world class city. Achieving this will require a determined push to be a design-led city where design excellence will be demonstrated by council's plans, projects and policies.  This is an excellent opportunity to join Auckland Council's Auckland Design Office (ADO), Council's Centre of Design Excellence. The ADO is responsible for leading the design conversation as well as shaping, advocating and delivering 'design quality' for Auckland. This creative, multi-disciplinary urban design team is accountable for design review, design policy, and design and delivery of placed-based design projects across Auckland implemented by both public and private sector.

This exciting role in the Design Review Unit will involve working with a diverse range of people, reviewing a wide range of high profile and complex projects. Harnessing your design review skills you will be negotiating quality design outcomes for Auckland.

We are looking for a Design Review Panels Lead to be part of our team.


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


In this critical role, you will provide specialist urban design expertise and leadership across Council and the community in conjunction with the rest of the Auckland Design Office (ADO) to shape, promote and improve the quality of Auckland’s built environment.

In this exciting role, you will be accountable for managing and leading Auckland Council’s Design Review Panels Programme  which includes  the Auckland Urban Design Panel (AUDP) and Council Projects Design Review Panel (CPDRP). This involves maintaining significant internal and external stakeholder relationships within Council, Council Family Organisations, Professional Institutes and the Private Sector. You will provide leadership and day to day management of 2 urban design assistants.

You may also be required on occasion to provide senior specialist technical input into design strategy, policy and guidance, complex resource consents and place-based plans and projects. The role also provides mentoring support to more junior staff within the ADO.


He kōrero mōu: About you

A strong communicator and relationship builder, you will have significant experience at a senior level in the urban design field including at least 3 years of project/programme/team management experience.

Tertiary qualified, you will have proven knowledge of urban design best practice and the resource consents and plan change processes and workings (or equivalent regulatory planning regimes). You will be technically savvy and have experience in the use of Adobe Creative Suite applications (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Sketch-Up and a CAD platform as well as hand drawing.

You will have well developed political acumen and have the ability to engage with a wide range of people in a busy and complex environment. Strong written and oral communication skills and having the ability to graphically present ideas are key components as well as business and financial management skills.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer 

This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a dedicated, fun team!  If you are highly organised, have well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, are driven to achieve quality built environment outcomes and have the positive attitude required to help us create a vision for the future we want to hear from you today.

If you want to work on the most exciting projects in Auckland as part of the biggest urban design team in New Zealand shaping the future built environment of the City, then apply now!

Applications close January 25th 2019.


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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Employees in receipt of salary protection and/or on the predecessor Council terms and conditions of employment, please note that the salary protection and/or predecessor Council terms and conditions, including relocation, apply to your current position. Should you change to a new position (other than any secondment) you will be issued with a new employment letter of offer with current Auckland Council terms and conditions.