Manager, Strategy and Planning/Kaiwhakahaere Rautaki me te Whakamahere

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.

Strategy, Policy and Regulation plays a critical role in enabling more effective strategy development, planning, regulation and delivery.

As Manager you will lead the Strategy and Planning team. Priorities for this role include:

  • Managing the design, implementation and review of new business processes for the development of Environment Group Strategy, and for the integrated business plan including monitoring and reporting and related planning activities across all group functions, Catchment, Delivery, Knowledge & Insights and Strategy Policy and Regulation.
  • Facilitating strategic conversations and positioning the team as trusted advisors at a strategic level across the Environment Group.
  • Ensuring we minimise potential bias in how we refresh our strategy by utilising multiple knowledge sources, including mātauranga Māori, bio-physical sciences and social science.
  • Providing strategy guidance and expertise across the Environment Group, including supporting on prioritisation, ensuring that the Group is working toward common goals, clarifying intended outcomes and results, and assessing and adjusting the Group’s direction in response to a changing environment.
  • Managing the Environment Group’s input into the development of GW’s Long-Term Plan through the Group’s strategy.
  • Ensuring an outcomes focus is integrated into strategy and policy development and other strategic frameworks elsewhere in the Group.
  • Upholding the role of GW as a treaty partner by ensuring our mana whenua aspirations are clear in our strategy and the implementation of the aspirations is planned for.

Applicants will demonstrate:

  • Well-developed and current knowledge and experience across strategy development and business planning, with the ability to develop the right relationships to ensure strategy informs strategic decision-making at ELT and Council level; across the Group; and in planning, design and implementation across the region.
  • Understanding of, and currency with a range of frameworks and methodologies required to develop effective strategy and business plans.
  • Ability to engage, plan and work with multiple stakeholders, sometimes with conflicting priorities, to determine their needs, contributions, and priorities and with the judgement skills to advise and manage complex prioritisation and planning issues.
  • Clear understanding of Māori perspectives on environmental strategy, planning, and policy as well as the ability to make decisions that reflect dual knowledge systems, perspectives and priorities. You will have currency with government direction and current jurisprudence on te Tiriti o Waitangi and ability to provide leadership in how this shapes strategy and delivery.
  • Ability to understand and adhere to tikanga and continue to build knowledge of mātauranga Māori/Te ao Māori principles across the team and application of this understanding into the work programme.
  • Ability to adapt leadership style to meet situational demands, with a strong track record in people leadership; skilled in leading and managing people across a range of disciplines and with different perspectives and approaches through transformational change.

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. 3557601. Alternatively, to find out more contact Graeme Sandri on 029 248 8502 or Tony Walsh on 029 271 1101.

Applications close 3rd March



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