Policy & Senior Policy Planner

Date: 27-Aug-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


•            Permanent full-time opportunities at city centre location

•            Opportunity to learn and develop

•            Conquer complex planning issues to make Auckland a world-class city

•            Contribute to a variety of projects


Work as a policy planner within Tāmaki Makaurau, one of the world’s most unique unitary planning authorities, to ensure that development provides the best possible outcomes for Auckland, its environment, and its communities.



He angitūtanga: The opportunity

We have an opportunity for a Senior Policy Planner and multiple opportunities for Policy Planners to take their interest and experience in planning to the next level in these engaging and varied roles. By joining our team of experts in the Plans and Places department, you will:

•    evaluate and monitor the Auckland Unitary Plan, including participating in Plan Review and implementation of the National Planning Standards and the National Policy Statement on Urban Development
•    participate and lead in the development of public plan changes and variations
•    manage the assessment and reporting on private plan changes, notices of requirement and including representing council in appeals to the Environment Court.
•    participate and lead or support the development of spatial plans by partnering with a range of internal and external stakeholders
•    opportunities to be involved in council submissions to RMA legislative reform.  


This role will require a strong focus on continuous improvement and the ability to deal with complex planning issues. 



He kōrero mōu: About you

With a passion for policy, statutory and spatial planning you’ll bring with you;

•    a degree qualification or higher and at least 2 years’ (7 years for Senior role) experience in planning and resource management 
•    a robust understanding of the Resource Management Act is essential
•    a statutory planning background and prior experience either preparing or reporting on plan changes or notices of requirement
•    understand the need for good financial and project management of the projects you might be involved in or lead. 
•    be familiar with Council’s responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and have some knowledge of te ao Māori.


As this role might require you to travel around the region using Council vehicles, you’ll ideally hold a valid New Zealand full 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 planning issues and allow you to grow in the job with the potential for job progression, including technical and people leadership positions. 
•    Have flexible working arrangements–with the ability to work from home on some days or from one of our alternative office spaces across the region. 
•    Join a team of dedicated and respected experts working collaboratively across the region to contribute to Auckland’s growth and development.


Auckland Council is 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. We are committed to diversity, and have a culture built on trust and valuing individual as well as collective contributions.

Applications close on Sunday 26th September 2021. However, please note that we will review applications as they are received – so apply now to avoid disappointment.

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.