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Senior Communications Advisor

Whakatane, New Zealand

Reference: 5289545

Whakatāne District Council is currently looking for a Senior Communications Advisor who will be responsible for both developing and leading a range of communications and engagement functions and activities and support the Manager with proactive mentoring and coaching of colleagues. The Council is looking to build its capability in Māori and iwi engagement, so a highly-developed awareness of Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori are integral in this role to reflect the rich culture and history of the Whakatāne District and its people.

Working closely with the Communications and Engagement Manager, you will also support the achievement of team objectives and outcomes.

Your work tasks will include media relations, publication development, brand management, community engagement and online communication, including social media. You will be required to build and maintain strong relationships and liaise with internal stakeholders to provide advice and strategic communications support.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a number of years' proven experience in communications/public relations disciplines in a local government environment. Excellent writing skills are essential, as is the ability to develop relationships with people at all levels.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A degree or equivalent experience in communications/public relations
  • Minimum 5 years' experience in a senior position
  • Demonstrated experience in a local government environment
  • The ability to communicate engagingly and effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills

This is an opportunity to work as part of a motivated, professional and community-focused team in New Zealand's ‘sunshine capital'. You will be working with talented and enthusiastic people who like to have fun and enjoy our spectacular environment.

Applications Close: 03 Dec 2020