Community Development Advisor

  • Anonymous Company
  • New Plymouth Central, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
  • Jun 05, 2024
Full-Time Community Development Community Services

Job Description

Ko wai mātou - Who are we

Te Kaunihera-ā-rohe o Ngāmotu - New Plymouth District Council is a local government organisation located in the heart of New Plymouth. Our vision is to be the Sustainable Lifestyle Capital, and our district boasts a spectacular natural beauty from Taranaki Maunga to the moana. In 2021, we were awarded the most liveable city (for a population between 75,000 and 150,000) by the International Awards for Liveable Communities. We work collaboratively with iwi, Government, not-for-profits and businesses to achieve outcomes that benefit our community.

Te āheinga - The opportunity

As part of our Strategy and Planning Group, the Community Development Team plays a crucial role in driving initiatives that empower our community and enhance its capacity. We are seeking an experienced and motivated Community Development Advisor to lead the development, integration, and implementation of collective community action initiatives and strategic community partnerships.

Tino takohanga - Key responsibilities:

  • Actively ensure that legislative requirements and Council policies and procedures are fulfilled, particularly in relation to all key relevant legislation
  • Ensure the delivery of capacity building to the district's community organisations including assistance with sustainable funding and strategic plans in achieving clear outcomes
  • Catalyse the implementation of community sector activation, strategy creation, and action plan implementation to address complex community issues that can only be solved in collaboration
  • Provide specialist advice and capability support to ensure Council's partnerships, community investments and engagement approaches are of a high quality and deliver dynamic outcomes
  • Existing strategic council and community partnerships are maintained and strengthened to ensure that Council is well connected across community and industry, while continually providing advocacy and advice for new strategic partnerships
  • Engagement approaches with wider district communities is effective and support democratic local decision-making in line with Councils Significance and Engagement Policy
  • Manage conflicts of interest and bias to support quality decision-making for management and elected members at Council

Ngā tino pūkenga me ngā wheako - Essential skills and experience:

  • University Degree or similar in a related field
  • Minimum five years' experience working in related field of community development
  • Experience in understanding and practical application of community development theories and frameworks.
  • Evidence of strong relationship-building skills with an ability to promote trust building between external stakeholders and facilitate collaboration
  • Proven ability to see the big picture and think strategically
  • Delivery in understanding and application of Treaty of Waitangi principles
  • Experience with strong planning, report writing and organising abilities
  • Evidence of ability and willingness to work independently and in teams, to take initiative and think creatively
  • Experience with stakeholder management across government, community, education and industry sectors with an ability to bridge the three together with competing view points

He aha ai a Taranaki? - Why Taranaki?

With the stunning Mt Taranaki as a backdrop and the warm iron sands along our coast, it is no wonder Taranaki is one of the best regions in New Zealand and the world. In Taranaki it's easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career. Our regions' dynamic surf, multitude of parks and gardens, iconic walkways, major events calendar and mountain playground make this the place to live!

Ōu mātou rourou - What we offer

At the New Plymouth District Council we aim to create and sustain a truly rewarding workplace environment for our staff including solid career pathways, learning and development opportunities as well as personal and professional development.

You can expect to start in this permanent, full-time role with us between $92,192 - $99,362.

We have also put together an 'Our Peoples Package' that spans wellbeing, development, benefits, culture and recognition.


New Plymouth District Council

Job Summary

As part of our Strategy and Planning Group, the Community Development Team plays a crucial role in driving initiatives that empower our community and enhance its capacity.


between $92,192 - $99,362

How to apply

If you think this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you!

Applications close on Sunday, 23 June 2024.


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