Community Parterning and Engagement Specialist
New Plymouth District Council
New Plymouth, NZ
3d ago

Library Community Partnering and Engagement Specialist

Fixed term until June 2022

Do you have a passion for community engagement and coordinating partnerships?

Do you have exceptional communication skills?

Are you energised by stakeholder engagement and building long term partnerships?

Are you an experienced and looking for a unique opportunity to make a difference in the community?

Puke Ariki has a national reputation for their joint library, museum and research centre situated in New Plymouth. Presently we have an exciting opportunity for a fixed term (until June 2022) Community Partnering and Engagement Specialist to join our team.

This role has come about as result of the New Zealand Partnering Fund

You will be responsible for building engagement with stakeholders and the planning, development and delivery of high quality digital literacy programing and services to targeted sectors of our community to assist in the recovery of the Taranaki community to provide benefit and value to the community.

Reporting to the Puke Ariki Library Manager you will contribute to the Library Leadership Team and provide support and guidance on operational matters and provide advice on partnership opportunities to the Library Leadership team.

You will work one day a week at Puke Ariki that may include some weekend work.

New Plymouth District Council plays a key role in supporting community well-being, the economy, the environment and the overall quality of life in the New Plymouth District.

Our Council vision is to build a lifestyle capital, and being part of our team means you will help make our district a better place to live and to work.

At New Plymouth District Council, we embrace diversity and have a culture that is built on trust and respect. We offer flexible working (where available) and you get to work with a team of dedicated experts who share a passion for making a difference.

We aim to create and sustain a truly rewarding workplace environment for our staff. You can expect to start in this role between $67,740 - $73,760.

We have put together an integrated Total Rewards Framework that spans Wellbeing, Development, Benefits, Culture and Recognition.

The NPDC Total Rewards Framework provides a diverse range of opportunities and benefits for our staff

Applications close on Friday 23 October.


Community Partnering and Engagement Specialist

JOB LEVEL : Technical Specialist


Puke Ariki Library Manager


Customer and Community


To manage :

  • Community engagement, focussing on digital inclusion (supporting and assisting job seekers and digital literacy programmes) and supporting community recovery, ensuing community needs are met.
  • The coordination of external partnerships to ensure consistency and equality across all libraries including, training, Covid recovery programme development, and working alongside external stakeholders including WINZ, Tui Ora, Work Bridge and other government or community organisations.

    Integrated Puke Ariki Leads, Senior Librarians, Business Partners including Marketing and Promotion, Human Resources, HSE, Finance, Property, the Business Support team.

    External Customers, Government Departments including National Library of New Zealand, communities across the District, Local Councils, Professional organisations, Digital Partners, WINZ, Tui Ora, Work,


  • Leadership - Provide direction for community engagement and partnerships across Puke Ariki libraries for digital inclusion (supporting and assisting job seekers and digital literacy programmes) supporting community recovery
  • Professional knowledge - Contribute to the implementation of the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Programme and NPDC Library Strategy (and in particular the goals regarding Covid recovery).
  • Maintain professional knowledge by keeping current and active with local, regional and international developments in library and information services.

    Share professional knowledge and expertise and keep abreast of emerging trends.

  • Provide effective communication across Puke Ariki library teams and with external stakeholders. Give and receive feedback, keep library teams informed, listen and question to ensure understanding, value diversity and establish strong and constructive working relationships.
  • Participate in library network-wide planning and projects and work collaboratively with the Library Leadership Team, stakeholders and library teams.
  • Show commitment to support Puke Ariki to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi

  • Work alongside Library Leaders and Library Manager

  • Developed annually and form part of performance and team plans.

  • Works collaboratively with others to enhance and / or develop team performance.
  • Takes responsibility and accountability for own actions and day to day decision making.
  • Effective performance and delivery within a political environment.
  • Maintains cultural awareness and keeps up to date with issues affecting the community.
  • Sets high standards of performance for self.

  • Five+ years’ experience leading a team in the Library and Information field
  • Tertiary qualification in Library and Information Science, or a relevant qualification, or a library qualification with at least 10 years library experience
  • Current knowledge of emerging trends and best practice in 21 century libraries including systems and information technology
  • RIANZA membership would be an advantage
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