Communications Professional - Ngaio Whakawhitiwhiti Korero
Hospice West Auckand
Waitakere
3d ago

The Organisation

Hospice West Auckland - He ra hou, he orange ngakau, Living Every Moment.

We are based in the Waitakere Ranges foothills. Our beautiful rugged coastline, tranquil native bush all lay a foundation for a community of diverse cultures and people that weave together to form the wonderful community that is West Auckland.

We provide compassionate palliative care for our communities, we are accountable to deliver the very best, we are respectful of all that holds true in life, we look for innovative ways to be in all that we do.

And together - Whakakotahi, we stand as one. We are westies helping westies

The Role

As a Communications Professional you can plan, develop and implement strategies that promote our public image, services to our patients, their whānau, stakeholders and our employees.

You pull your weight and paddle in rhythm with everyone in the Hospice West Auckland Waka.

In this role you will :

  • Plan projects and publicity campaigns
  • Write and edit press releases, in-house communications, articles and annual reports
  • Maintain online information about our organisation and its services
  • Keep important internal and external groups of people and financial donors informed about the organisation and its services
  • Research public opinion by doing market research and analysing findings
  • Tell our stories and speak confidently to groups and people from all walks of life
  • Lead a small fundraising team that, with your communications and management skills, will flourish to ensure we meet our fundraising targets
  • Working conditions

    Usually we work regular business hours. Sometimes we work more than 40 hours a week. Travel locally to meet suppliers and designers from other organisations.

    Work in a bright, newly furbished open plan office in the centre of Te Atatu Peninsula.

    What's the job really like?

    You see the bigger picture and translate it for staff, donors, supporters, public and the media.

    People don't realise how dynamic communications can be. People think the bulk of your time is spent copywriting or proofreading - but there are so many other facets to the role.

    For example, our Comms team takes a lead in managing internal staff events, like Diwali and Maori New Year. We had an Eid celebration with our Muslim colleagues.

    There were dances, speeches, a quiz, and a traditional Indian and Arabic lunch catering to a thousand people in the office.

    Other days could be directing and producing a video series to share internally or externally, so the role is definitely dynamic and ever-changing".

    What's something you've achieved?

    One of the first things I did was a bit of pitching and putting out media releases for Maori Language Week last year. We worked with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori (Maori Language Commission) to translate a new brand manifesto and had it voiced by a little Māori girl.

    Getting to work on something that put the spotlight on Maori culture and the revitalisation of Te Reo Maori was truly special."

    What's the work-life balance like?

    In our industry you really do take your job outside of work hours. Even your social media profiles, like Twitter, can be seen as a work opinion just because you're a spokesperson for your company.

    Also in PR you're always networking or going to events, so there is definitely an aspect of working outside of work hours, but I don't think it's a job where you're hounded to work at the weekend or work long hours.

    You can get the work-life balance right."

    The Person

    As a Communications professional you will have / be :

  • Knowledge of digital channels and print media, and how to use them for publicity
  • The ability to write, using good grammar, for different audiences
  • The ability to survey public opinion
  • Some understanding of the health environment and knowledge of Communications and Fundraising in a Charitable Trust environment
  • Demonstratable experience in managing others
  • able to think creatively, strategically and critically
  • able to simplify complex information
  • expert at networking, communicating, and negotiating with people
  • organised, and good at planning and managing projects
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at researching and presenting.
  • Entry requirements

    You need to have a diploma or degree in areas such as : Public relations; Communications; Media studies; Business studies; or Journalism

    Preferred Minimum of 3 years' experience

    For us, it is not about the quantity of your experience it's the quality and calibre of that experience and your commitment to your chosen career.

    Useful experience includes :

    Journalism or other writing experience

    Event management

    Any work involving communications and networking

    Benefits to you

  • Help build a great small communications and fundraising team
  • Have meaning and purpose in your day to day work, knowing you make a difference
  • Have fun and laugh lots
  • Manage a great team who are passionate about the work we do
  • Further your career with the diverse scope of this rich opportunity
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