Director, Environmental Quality - Taranaki Regional Council

Reference Number: 7360aa

Location: Taranaki

  • Environmental Science Focus
  • Leading Edge Flagship Programmes
  • Influential and Rewarding Executive Appointment

With its unique geography and an economy firmly anchored in the region's natural and physical resources, Taranaki is known for the can-do attitude of its people and their strong sense of regional pride. The region covers a land area of 723,610 hectares and extends 12 nautical miles offshore to include the waters of the territorial sea.  The Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) works with the Taranaki community to help make the region a fantastic place to live, play and do business. 

TRC is well known for being an effective and nimble Council that is innovative and leads the way with the implementation of practical programmes that make a real difference for Taranaki communities.   It is a great place to work with a capable and experienced senior management team, a newly appointed CEO and a positive culture with strong family values.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and leading a team of 30, the Director – Environmental Quality will oversee the three science teams, providing strong professional leadership and ensuring an evidence-based approach to the development and implementation of its strategic framework and work programmes. With a community-focussed approach, the emphasis will be to seek and implement innovative opportunities for added value and purpose, identifying potential issues before they happen, and proactively enhancing client engagement in long term regional sustainability. Proven ability in both perceptive strategic and operational leadership, environment and compliance monitoring, research and investigations, and a strong knowledge of the new national environmental policy frameworks will be key to success.

Candidates of interest will be experienced general managers who hold a relevant Science or Environmental Management tertiary qualification, along with proven, practical and multi-disciplinary experience across environmental sciences. Ideally from a local/central government or science-based background, you will possess a strong working knowledge of legislation applicable to regional councils and demonstrate a track record of building collaborative teams, ensuring staff appropriately recognise Matauranga Māori practices in the delivery of their work. Attributes sought include excellent relationship skills with a collaborative management style, commitment to quality, sound judgement and intellect and an ability to provide strategic oversight and see the ‘bigger picture’.

We seek a science professional with a successful record in building strategic partnerships across a diverse range of stakeholders, and a passion for excellence in Taranaki’s environmental quality.  

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV. Applications close on 17 January 2021.  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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