Manager, Communications - Invercargill City Council

Reference Number: 7269aa

Location: Invercargill/Southland

  • Invercargill Based
  • New Role Leading a New Team
  • Develop & Lead a New Communications Strategy

With total income in excess of $83m per annum and employing over 385 employees, Invercargill City Council is a key player in advancing the growth and prosperity of the Southland Region.  Invercargill’s reputation for being family friendly is well deserved, with affordable housing, great schools, amazing facilities and the iconic Central Otago, Fiordland and Catlins on its doorstep.  Undergoing the biggest resurgence in its 166-year history, the city is committed to key initiatives including the redevelopment of the city and other significant community and infrastructure investments during the coming years.

Invercargill City Council operations are undergoing significant transformation with a new organisational structure to support these changes.  The objective being to deliver council services to a higher standard, more efficiently and affordably to ratepayers.  A number of new positions have arisen from these changes and offer a unique opportunity to be in the vanguard of changes to local government service delivery.

Reporting to the Group Manager – Strategy and Engagement, this newly created senior position will lead the recently amalgamated Communications team, providing specialist expertise to ensure the effective delivery of internal and external communications, including branding, website and graphic design services across Council departments and Council Controlled Organisation’s.  Leading a team of 8 direct reports you will be responsible for managing public and media relations, marketing campaigns and special projects, as well as developing staff capability and consistency in approach across the organisation.

Desirable candidates will have senior leadership experience in communications, ideally in local government or a relevant sector.  We seek a resilient and successful leader, who is passionate about developing their people and has prior experience inspiring change to build a strong culture with aligned values and behaviours.  You will have strong experience with media and public relations, marketing and communications strategy, along with proven skills developing successful stakeholder engagement.

This position represents a great opportunity for someone looking to ‘make their mark’ and who enjoys leading change to make a real difference.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 27 September 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click Here to view the Candidate Briefing Information.

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

To apply use application form or email cvchc@sheffield.co.nz

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