Manager People & Culture – Mackenzie District Council

Reference Number: 780876aa

Location: Fairlie/South Canterbury

  • New Executive Team
  • Experienced HR Generalist
  • Unprecedented opportunity to make a difference in a region of national significance

The Mackenzie District Council covers an area of approximately 746,000 hectares, one of the largest Councils in terms of its land area.  Its geography is dominated by the iconic Aoraki Mount Cook, Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and the Mackenzie basin. The district includes the towns of Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, and Twizel and the alpine village of Mount Cook. 

Four ski fields, golf courses, the National Rowing facilities at Lake Ruataniwha, the Dark Sky Reserve and numerous walks and cycleways has driven significant national and international tourism growth. The Council is committed to managing this growth in a manner sensitive to this iconic environment - seeing peace and serenity as an asset and making decisions that will leave things better for the future.

With a small rate payer base and large geographic area we need to dare to be different and innovative in how we work. We are looking to build the capacity and capability of our organisation to meet these challenges. We offer you the opportunity to work with us on these challenges, with employment packages and flexibility to enjoy all this district has to offer!


As a key member of the new Executive Team, this greenfields role will lead a small HR team and be responsible for the development and implementation of a people, wellness and H&S strategy along with the supporting policies and systems. You will be a trusted business partner, supporting managers in the delivery of work through their people, leading workforce planning and health & safety, as well as supporting the change initiatives required to deliver the continued improvement agenda for the Council.


Preferred candidates will have at least 10 to 15 years’ experience as senior HR generalists, along with a successful track record in change leadership as well as organisational development and health & safety expertise. You will have experience developing and implementing HR strategy across an organisation as well as being skilled in undertaking HR audits and developing HR infrastructure, systems and processes.

This represents a rare opportunity for an executive with a growth mindset and positive can-do attitude, who is up for the challenge required to shape a high performing Council that dares to be different.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on 24 March 2019.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Louise Green on +64 3 353 4367.

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