Senior Advisor, Communications & Engagement (1 year fixed term)
NZ Transport Agency
Wellington, NZ
6d ago

Senior Advisor, Communications & Engagement (1 year fixed term)

  • Make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders
  • An exciting time for the agency, as we gear up for delivery
  • 1 year fixed term opportunity based in Wellington
  • Ko wai mātou About us

    Waka Kotahi is committed to ensuring safe and sustainable transport outcomes for our communities and the environment. Supporting big shifts in sustainability, travel mode choice, environmental care and safety sit at the heart of our strategic direction.

    We have a series of programmes we need to deliver to support this including : Road to Zero, which sets a target of reducing deaths and serious injuries on New Zealand's roads, our Sustainability Action Plan to deliver a low carbon, safe and healthy land transport system and our plan to grow the share of people travelling by public transport, walking and cycling.

    The Engagement and Partnerships Group is accountable for leading effective agency governance, stakeholder engagement and communications, and regional relationships so we are supported to achieve our goals through great organisational storytelling, effective cross government facilitation, sound reputation management and strengthened relationships with our partners.

    Te whiwhinga mahi The opportunity

    This is an exciting time to join Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. As well as our existing work we are also gearing up to deliver an exciting new range of projects and programmes.

    This includes implementing visionary strategies to transition to a safe, healthy and low-carbon transport system, our regulatory function and planning and delivering projects including the Government's NZ Upgrade Programme and Road to Zero strategy.

    In this role you will support the integration of the new One Network Framework in collaboration with our Transport Services team and the wider sector.

    A complex piece of strategic work, you will need to translate technical information into plain language for a range of different audiences, help sell the benefits of adopting a new way of doing things, and develop communications and engagement material that helps raise capability and deepen people's understanding.

    As our Senior Advisor, your role will be to tell the story of the One Network Framework through best practice engagement and communications.

    Dealing with stakeholders across Waka Kotahi and directly with local government, you will have strong stakeholder engagement and relationship development skills.

    You will be innovative and creative, a self-starter and be able to manage ambiguity. Ideally with an understanding of local government, you will identify opportunities and drive continuous improvements across all aspects of the communications & engagements stream.

    This is a one year fixed term opportunity.

    Ko koe tēnei About you

    To be successful in this role, you will bring :

  • Previous experience in strategic communications and engagement planning and delivery at senior advisor level
  • Excellent writing skills and experience presenting complex / technical information clearly and simply
  • Experience of working with local government as a stakeholder is advantageous
  • Sound knowledge of communications and engagement tools, techniques and channels
  • Other specialist communications and engagement skills to manage stakeholder engagement, change communications and connect programmes of work to the big picture
  • Proven ability to build relationships with staff at all levels
  • Previous exposure to successfully working in a collaborative / matrix environment and ability to work through ambiguity
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning in the field of engagement and communications
  • Rā katinga Applications close : Wednesday 23rd June 2021

    To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.

    NZ Transport Agency is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). At the Agency we recognise the importance of diversity and inclusion and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces these values.

    Please let us know if you need any support or have any access requirements that will help you through the recruitment process.

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