Senior Planner - Policy and Strategy

Date: 09-May-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

•    Become an Auckland region policy planning expert
•    Conquer complex planning issues to make Auckland a world-class city
•    Permanent, full time position


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We have a rare opportunity for an experienced Planner to take their policy and strategic planning expertise to the next level in this engaging and varied role. Joining our team of experts within the Plans and Places department, as a Senior Policy Planner, you’ll drive region-wide resource management policy. This role will include plan evaluation and solution finding, heading towards plan review time. Partnering with a range of internal and external stakeholders, you will support the development of area spatial planning and placemaking for specific locations within the region and make and lead the development of public plan changes,  managing and reporting on private plan change variations, notices of requirement and appeals and providing policy advice. With a strong focus on continuous improvement, you’ll be working within one of the world’s most unique planning authorities and helping us to ensure development within Tāmaki Makaurau provides the best possible outcomes for our environment and our communities. You can view a copy of the position description here -


He kōrero mōu: About you

With a passion for planning policy and strategic planning, you’ll bring with you a degree qualification or higher and at least seven years experience in planning policy, strategic planning, and resource management. A robust understanding of the Resource Management Act is essential. Prior experience managing and reporting on plan changes (whether urban or rural or in a private or public environment) and notices of requirement will also be highly regarded. You understand Council’s responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and some knowledge of te ao Māori, also an understanding of the need for good financial management of the planning projects you might lead or otherwise a willingness to learn.  As this role might require you to travel around the region using Council vehicles, you’ll ideally hold a valid New Zealand driver’s license.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

You’ll be welcomed by a team of passionate planners with a thirst for tackling the complex planning issues our region faces as it grows. There are endless opportunities to develop your career across the Council group; this position will expose you to a range of specializations and potential job trajectories, including technical and people leadership positions. We offer flexible working arrangements to suit your lifestyle –with the ability to work from home on some days or from one of our alternative office spaces across the region. Auckland Council are committed to your professional development and offers a wide range of training courses, lunchtime learnings, and collaboration networks. 


As a Council employee, you’ll gain access to a vast range of benefits and discounts, including discounted financial services and insurance, Auckland Art Gallery membership, entertainment and lifestyle discounts, and more. You’ll be joining a team of dedicated and respected experts working collaboratively across the region to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development. We are committed to diversity and have a culture built on trust and valuing individual as well as collective contributions. 


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Applications close 29th May 2022

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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