Capability Lead Co-design Lab

Date: 16-Sep-2022

Location: NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

He angitūtanga: The opportunity


The Auckland Co-design Lab (The Lab) has an opportunity for a Capability Lead. The Lab is a unique local and central government collaboration, nested inside The Southern Initiative at Auckland Council.  This is an exciting role that will suit someone that wants to be a part of government and community innovation environment!


The Lab team works alongside whānau and communities in locality and systems partners nationally to support transformational change. The Lab’s primary objective is to grow public sector capacity to work in culturally grounded, systems-orientated and Te Tiriti-based ways to advance equity and intergenerational wellbeing, and share more power with communities.


As our Capability Lead you will play a core role in the direction, development and delivery of The Labs learning programmes, fostering culturally grounded innovation and systems change approaches. You will also identify strategies for dissemination of practice learning across a range of in person and online platforms with our community and government partners.


Your role will also include collaboration across external and internal teams, working with government partners to test new approaches, develop practice-based evidence and build systems learning capability. This includes coaching and capability development, maintaining relationships with community stakeholders, supporting internal, external and online communications. You will play a role in how we stay connected and share things with community and government and communities of practice we work with, as well as liaising with our governance group. 


He kōrero mōu: About you

You will need to have proven experience in a design-led / social innovation / improvement / research / development evaluation capacity or similar, ideally grappling with complex social contexts and systemic issues. You will be comfortable hosting and holding different spaces and working in relational ways. 


We will be looking for:

•  Demonstrated interest in social innovation, equity and Te Tiriti based approaches

•  5 or more years’ experience in a relevant position

•  Someone who thrives in complexity, is systems orientated, and is comfortable moving between the big strategic picture and the careful work of enabling courageous conversations and spaces necessary for systems change


We’d love to support local applicants, and people interested in design and innovation in a whānau-led community setting. You’ll have a passion for supporting social innovation for equity and wellbeing for Māori and Pacific communities in South and West Auckland.


Please click here for link to position description.


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’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts!


If you have the required experience and a passion for developing life-long learners who think and act sustainably, then we want to hear from you!  If you have any pātai regarding this role, please contact


Applications close 3 October 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.