Partnerships Specialist - 12 Months

Date: 13 Sep 2023

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Utilise your passion for building strategic partnerships
  • Make a difference across our communities
  • 12 Month Maternity Cover


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We have an exciting opportunity for a Partnerships Specialist to join our Customer and Community Services directorate to manage, grow and develop a range of partnerships across our community portfolio. This includes leveraging partnership to influence positive outcomes across arts, events, parks, libraries and sport and recreation. 

This will be a chance to bring to bear your strategic expertise and collaboration skills, as you identify opportunities and solve problems through innovative co-investment approaches to benefit our communities.

You’ll be managing multiple projects with overlapping timeframes and project owners, so will enjoy relationship management – which will include with government agencies, mana whenua, council-controlled organisations, and community groups that are aligned to achieving an increase in Aucklanders feeling of belonging and participation. 

You’ll also support and demonstrate best practice in partnership establishment including risk management, process guidance and governance to ensure partnership approaches are core to the way we work across our directorate.

He kōrero mōu: About you

This role requires in-depth knowledge of identifying opportunities and solving problems through partnerships and confidence in seeking out and approaching new partners.

You’ll be able to build strong, positive relationships in a dynamic and complex environment, and you’ll be well experienced in building partnerships to achieve shared outcomes. An innovative thinker, you’ll be solutions focussed with a natural drive to deliver exceptional results. To be successful in this role, you’ll have:


  • A customer focussed approach to building rapport and maintaining relationships 
  • Negotiation and contract management skills 
  • A collaborative working style, with exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think commercially and plan strategically 
  • Proven experience in managing partnerships and projects 


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Auckland Council is one of the largest local authorities in the South Pacific providing essential services and facilities to more than 1.5 million people. We are committed to environmental action and green growth to achieve our vision of becoming the world’s most liveable city. 

In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment. 

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.

You will be offered a challenge, huge variety and a real opportunity to make a difference to the community.

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Applications close Wednesday, 27th September 2023

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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