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Senior Advisor, Community Engagement

Posted on Thu, 4 Aug 2022

Work type

Permanent - full time



Close date

Wed, 24 Aug 2022

Do you have considerable experience in activating community participation across a region? Can you provide specialist community engagement expertise, build and support partnerships that enable and empower more communities to participate in New Zealand's democratic processes?  If so this full time, permanent role may be just what you are looking for.

About the role:

Based in Rotorua, this role will be required to build and maintain authentic relationships and implement effective activities of engagement with prioritised communities, as well as ensure that efforts consider both the Electoral Commission's TAUMATA Values Framework and our strategic priorities and objectives. This role will be key in maintaining and developing community partnerships with communities and organisations. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and build authentic relationships within the community, based on engagement best practices
  • Provide engagement expertise to initiatives and programmes
  • Enable and empower more communities to participate in General Elections
  • Activate cultural competency to enable authentic and genuine engagement
  • Provide technical and people leadership to the Community Engagement Team.

This role is key in maintaining and developing community partnerships with communities and organisations.

To be successful in this role you need the following:

  • Significant experience in developing and delivering community engagement initiatives
  • Demonstrated deep connections with one or more of the Commission's priority communities
  • Demonstrated ability, to lead, motivate, empower, coach and build an effective team
  • Ability to build knowledge of the community as well as build required networks
  • Professional and results orientated with good business and customer focus
  • Experience in the preparation and delivery of presentations, with the ability to apply national strategies and material.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build and maintain effective internal and external working relationships.

Why join the Electoral Commission?

The Commission has an inclusive strength-focused culture where diversity and inclusion are encouraged and valued. We understand how important family is and support a family-friendly work environment. You will be part of a team who are here to promote participation and understanding and is passionate about making people's voices heard.

About the Electoral Commission | Te Kaitiaki Take Kōwhiri

The Electoral Commission wants every New Zealander to trust, value and take part in parliamentary elections. We are an independent Crown Entity who works with and through communities to inform, engage and educate New Zealanders about the value of participation, make it easy for them to enrol and vote, promote understanding of New Zealand's democratic processes, and deliver parliamentary elections and referenda.

What's next?

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Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 24 August 2022.

You must be legally allowed to work in New Zealand.

All new employees are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide a copy of their My Vaccine Pass (MVP) when accepting an offer of employment with the Commission. If there is no MVP provided it will be assumed you are not vaccinated and this may impact the work you are able to perform for the Electoral Commission

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