Director Strategy Policy and Regulation / Hautū Rautaki, Kaupapa Here me ngā Waeture

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 as Director 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.

Strategy, Policy and Regulation plays a critical role in enabling more effective strategy development, planning, regulation and delivery, through its accountabilities for the provision of:

  • A long-term Environment Group strategy that drives the integrated business plan.
  • An integrated business plan that provides the framework for planning for each catchment and across all five catchments in the region.
  • Management of the planning process within the Environment group, including monitoring and reporting against plans, and change control.
  • Leadership for the integration of Environment group strategic plan priorities.
  • Policy and operational policy requirements to support the delivery of strategic goals.
  • Policy and management support for legislative planning processes.
  • Management, development, and implementation of effective regulatory services.

Applicants will demonstrate:

  • The ability to provide inspiring and courageous leadership in organisations undergoing significant and continuous change, bringing together a high performing leadership team that delivers on this change ideally developed within large, complex programmes of work and specifically related to business transformation and behaviour/cultural change.
  • Experience designing and leading strategy development, implementation and integrated business planning processes across an organisation.
  • In-depth understanding of the frameworks and methodologies required to develop effective strategy, policy, and operational policy.
  • Experience integrating te reo me ona tikanga Māori, mātauranga Māori, te ao Māori perspectives and mana whenua rangatiratanga into work programmes and ways of working.  Experience working in partnership with mana whenua to develop strategy and policy that supports their cultural outcomes.
  • Understanding of the environmental regulatory environment, trends, and current demands, and/or understanding of modern regulatory practices, models and stewardship obligations from both a policy and delivery perspective.
  • Ability to work, and represent GW, in central government fora.
  • Significant senior stakeholder management experience in representative roles.
  • Skills in the articulation of complex situations and options, and in assisting organisations to make critical decisions.
  • Tertiary study or qualification relevant to the role and/or significant work experience at a senior management level in policy and strategy roles.

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 3505272. 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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