Chief Advisor - Office of the Group Manager, Environment / Mātanga Tohutohu - Te Tari o te Kaiwhakahaere Matua, Taiao

Wellington based

Come help treasure and grow our rohe together

Our rohe and its lands, waterways, animals, plants and people can only grow stronger if they are nurtured. 

To join our team is to step up and commit to playing an active part in this important mahi. That means restoring nature, connecting people and places, reducing environmental impacts and helping this rohe and its people prosper. 

We are part of a collective movement alongside mana whenua and community members whose hopes for the future of this region are just as high as your own. 

Our efforts across environmental management, public transport, flood protection, regional parks and water supply are interconnected and integral to treasuring our rohe and growing our future. 

This leadership role sits in the newly formed Environment Group. The group is accountable for the delivery of critical functions that will only continue to grow in significance, responsible for overall environmental management (protection and enhancement of biodiversity, water, land, air quality and protecting our communities from floods). This will be achieved through genuine partnership with mana whenua/Māori communities who hold kaitiakitanga across the region.

While having a key role in the organisation’s change programme, your core responsibility is playing a substantial leadership and contributory role, assisting the Group Manager and your peers in the newly formed management team, as they implement and drive the vision, strategy and outcomes for the Environment Group.

As Chief Advisor, you will support the Group Manager with thought leadership and high-level advice, working across the Environment Group at a strategic level on the GM’s behalf to lift overall performance.

  • You will oversee the smooth running of the business systems and processes of the group, and of the GM and Directors support of political and governance committees.
  • You will play a key role in the implementation of change, contributing to strategy and strategy implementation, bedding in the new structure and managing initiatives to support change and performance improvement.
  • You will manage some initiatives directly and will be responsible for leading and managing a small team supporting the Group Manager to ensure their responsibilities are carried out effectively and efficiently.

Applicants will demonstrate:

  • Senior level experience including advising on strategy, service delivery, business processes, and relationship issues at an executive leadership team level.
  • Proven ability to collaborate, engage and influence others at all levels of an organisation.
  • Promotion of organisation-wide interests, with a successful track record in implementing change, ideally within large, complex programs of work and specifically related to business transformation and behaviour/cultural change.
  • Able to react quickly to assess situations, synthesise information and demonstrate sound judgement in a fast-paced environment.
  • Systems thinker with the ability to summarise large volumes of information and insights, and present high-level reports.
  • Prioritise and manage, through superior communication skills, a wide range of complex tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Strong continuous improvement focus, ability to identify opportunities for change, and skills in supporting and driving change that is aligned to strategic priorities.
  • An established track record in working with mana whenua, iwi, and/or Māori organisations in delivering on both formal and informal partnerships.
  • Sophisticated understanding of current relationships and commitments to Māori, Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities, contemporary Treaty scholarship and an intuition around how mātauranga Māori and Western environmental management philosophies are woven together.
  • Some understanding of both strategic and operational issues in relation to the environment and GW’s role in the region.
  • Experience working with political and governance committees.

Here is your chance to make a real and significant difference, organisationally, environmentally and for the enormously diverse range of representative communities.

Greater Wellington values diversity and is committed to an inclusive, flexible and supportive workplace. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds and welcome the unique talent and experience you will bring to our team.

This search process is being managed by SWR Group on Greater Wellingtons behalf. To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to quoting reference no 3505271. Alternatively, to find out more contact Graeme Sandri on 029 248 8502 or Tony Walsh on 029 271 1101.

Applications close 18th November 2022.



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