Senior Organisational Communications Advisor (Fixed-term) | Wellington

Posted on 14-Jan-2022
Application close date: 30-Jan-2022
Position type:
Fixed Term
Job reference:
  • Calls for deep internal comms experience & experience working with senior leaders
  • Fixed-term full-time role based at Whare Kaupapa Atawhai, Wellington 


Toitū te marae a Tāne-mahuta, Toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.


We are looking for an experienced senior internal communications professional to join the Department of Conservation, Te Papa Atawhai's Internal Communications team, based in Wellington, for a six-month fixed term period.


He angitūtanga: About the Role

Reporting to the Internal Communications Manager, this important role will be supporting senior leaders by providing credible advice and by planning, leading and delivering communications and engagement on our key priority pieces of work. Importantly you will be taking a lead role in our COVID-related communications and engagement and as a result need to be someone who can remain calm, provide sound advice under pressure and deliver high quality written work to tight deadlines. You will need to support senior leaders and project leads to communicate effectively and have a good understanding of our operating context including our media, political and organisational environment in order to advise senior leaders how and when to best land their comms.


He kōrero mōu: What we are looking for

We are looking for an experienced senior internal communications expert who is:

  • Knowledgeable when it comes to internal comms channels and leader-focussed comms with deep experience of best practice, what practically works well and what doesn't;
  • Able to develop clear, compelling communications and comms plans (both strategic and tactical) on time and to a high standard that also show an understanding of our operating context and an understanding of the project/piece of work (including risks and opportunities);
  • A good writer and story-teller who can draw stories and information out of our people and tell them in a clear and compelling way that engages the reader/viewer and makes the reader think or feel something;
  • Able to work in partnership with internal stakeholders as a trusted advisor and tease out the information required in order to develop plain English, clear communications;
  • Able to quickly develop a deep understanding of the audiences to be communicated with and demonstrate a tone and style that meet the needs of the audience;
  • Looks for opportunities to enhance how communications land with our people and at times thinks outside the square to come up with innovative ways to engage with our people and senior leaders;
  • Strives for excellence, measures outputs and constantly looks for ways to exceed expectations; consistently delivering high-quality advice and comms and to deadline will be second nature;
  • Values people and kindness, and are passionate about learning and delivering excellent results that enhances the reputation of the Organisational Comms Team;
  • A resilient person who keeps going, even when there are bumps in the road and shows composure under pressure;
  • Able to relate well to others in the team and stakeholders at all levels of the organisation and build effective working relationships;
  • Sound incident management or crisis comms experience and ability to think on their feet under pressure;
  • Driven to make a positive difference and make things better.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) online that describes your interest and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.

Applications close 5 pm Sunday 30 January 2021.

For any queries, please contact Debbie Fahey Senior Recruitment Advisor on 027 286 2746 or, quoting vacancy TEMP 600/5700/4.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirement – All employees are required to be vaccinated in line with our Vaccination Policy.  New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment. 

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory, including a valid work visa covering the whole period of employment if applying internationally.

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