Principal Design - Open Space

Date: 13-Sep-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Join Australasia's leading local government provider of asset management solutions
  • Design advice and best practice for a variety of open space asset categories for our community
  • Permanent full time, CBD based


He angitūtanga: The opportunity


Community Facilities (CF) is dedicated to making great places Aucklanders love while supporting a number of related services such as asset management and renewals of existing structures and open areas. Committed to a lifecycle approach to asset management, we work to build, maintain and renew our world class community buildings and public spaces including parks, walkways, libraries and leisure centres. As kaitiaki (guardian) of Auckland Council facilities, we play a vital role in promoting the wellbeing of our communities while also delivering strategically significant programmes. 

We have an opportunity for a Principal Design – Open Space. As part of the Design Team in Community Facilities, you will be responsible for the development and continuous improvement of best practice documentation which is aimed at ensuring consistency. Documentation will provide guidance and context across the full spectrum of the design, built standards, specifications, procurement and lessons learnt. As this Unit acts as an internal advice and guidance service to all the areas and local boards of Auckland, you will be responsible for preparing and maintaining a suite of documents which the Project management group can access and leverage from to deliver their projects.  This will have a specific focus on where similar designs are applied across the Community Facilities portfolio. 

You will have a strong design sense, understand constructability and the ability to share and ‘illustrate’ such knowledge. These outcomes point to a person being approachable and having the ability to provide the ‘right’ design advice and documentation.  The Community Facilities asset portfolio is wide and vast, and will require a wide knowledge of asset types, their functioning, key operational and design opportunities and challenges. Understanding wider Council and their asset design requirements and context will be key to being successful in providing fit for purpose design guidance and dcoumentation.

You’ll be able to work autonomously, demonstrate initiative and have a ‘natural sense’ for developing asset and project related documentation which can be applied across asset categories and the Project cycle.

He kōrero mōu: About you

Strong asset and design knowledge, documentation writing, relationship building and collaboration will be core to your success in this role. You will foster strong working relationships across a variety of areas, encouraging engagement and positively influencing all parties and be the catalyst to ensure a successful outcome.

We need a pragmatic individual with political nous who can achieve best practice documentation through influence and good communication. You will have proven relevant experience in specific asset categories such as walkways, tracks, skateparks, signage and playgrounds to name a few.  A good sense for asset design, interpersonal and communication skills and solid experience around asset standards and whole of life costs within a large and often complex environments will be key.

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. At the forefront of our community developments, you will be part of a team that is dynamic and passionate about what we do. You will play an important part in our Community Facilities department and across Council. Working 40 hours per week Monday to Friday; you will have some flexibility with how those hours are set. 


If you are high performing, passionate about Auckland and the world around you and would like the chance to facilitate making tangible and visible improvements to our environment, then join us. Apply today (telling us why you are interested in and right for this opportunity) by cover letter along with your CV. 


To view a copy of the position description, please use this link: bit.ly/3C4kCO3

You will be required to have a valid NZ driver's licence due to the nature of the position where you will be required to regularly travel to various Community Facility sites across the Auckland region.

Applications close Tuesday, 28th October 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.