Operations Manager, Whangarei | Auckland

Posted on 14-Jan-2021
Application close date: 25-Jan-2021
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It's hard to imagine a more rewarding job than leading the Operations team in Whangarei to oversee the management of public conservation land, waters and native taonga.  

Gateway to the North, this area covers the coastlines of Bream Bay, Whangarei Heads, and Tutukaka as well as Taranga and Marotere (the Hen and Chicks) and the Poor Knights offshore islands.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

As the Pou Matarautaki (Operations Manager) you will be responsible for leading the district's Operations team to ensure the effective delivery of high-quality conservation outcomes.  Based in Whangarei, this is an important hub for Te Papa Atawhai which comes with its own unique complexities and challenges. There is a strong relationship management component, including working alongside our iwi, hapu and whanau partners collaboratively and effectively, as well as community and local businesses. 


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

An experienced people leader who is skilled at inspiring, motivating and directing teams to deliver quality work and results, work effectively with others, and to value continuous improvement.  You will have experience and confidence in working with iwi, hapu and whanau partners to achieve mutual aspirations relating to conservation.

You will have an outgoing personality, the maturity and confidence to interact with people from all walks of life and the ability to switch between tasks effortlessly.

There can be times when the workload will be high so you will need to be able to remain calm and focused and work well under pressure.

Key skills:

  • outstanding communication skills to engage with, inspire, and create synergy across a diverse range of groups including Iwi, community organisations and other agencies
  • the ability to inspire and motivate others while fostering a culture which values teamwork
  • strong health and safety focus to enable a positive safety culture
  • strength in operating disciplines with the ability to identify further opportunities to ensure the region thrives
  • a level of political astuteness is required coupled with the ability to identify and manage risk in uncertain situations.


If this sounds like the position you have been waiting for, we'd love to hear from you. 

Please apply online.  Applications must include a covering letter and CV detailing your relevant experience as per the key skills outlined. 

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 25 January 2021

For any queries, please contact Jessica Dalbeth on 027 619 9283 or email jedalbeth@doc.govt.nz

DOC is committed to a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, and to creating an inclusive workplace culture. We offer a range of flexible working options depending on the needs of the role and its work context.

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