Project & Event Director Role - 4 Month Contract (July - October 2024)

  • Co- Aotearoa
  • Hybrid
  • Jun 09, 2024
Contract Community Development Environment-Conservation

Job Description

Do you have a passion for climate action, Auckland’s communities and love delivering impactful events?

Position: Project & Event Director
Contract Duration:
4 months (beginning July 2024)
Approximately 15 hours per week
Auckland (Remote with in-person meetings as needed)
Reporting to:
Co- Aotearoa Board


The Project & Event Director will lead the efforts to launch and execute Aotearoa Climate Action Day*, focusing on delivering an already developed draft programme for the day with the Board’s ongoing support. Primarily, the role will be organising and programming the day's events in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and helping coordinate a national campaign. 

This role is crucial for delivering on the existing ideas of Co- Aotearoa, helping to build our brand awareness, securing future funding, and forming strategic partnerships with regional partners. The ideal candidate will be passionate about climate action, have strong networks of influence in Auckland, and experience in delivering impactful projects.

*Aotearoa Climate Action Day, conceived by Co- Aotearoa and Wao Aotearoa, aims to raise awareness about climate action, foster community connections, and share positive stories, while providing an honest assessment of our progress as a city and national climate action.  The event coincides with International Climate Action Day on the 24th October 2024.

Who We Are

Co- Aotearoa is a new charitable organisation dedicated to fostering regenerative climate action through community collaboration, multi-sector engagement, and systemic change. Our kaupapa is to bring together diverse communities and networks to build a shared understanding of their different perspectives, challenges, and opportunities with a view to developing a coordinated and multi-sector/integrated approach to regenerative climate action. 

Co- Aotearoa has been set up to build on the success of Auckland Climate Festival, to deepen impact, raise ambition and further extend our reach. From 2021-2023, Auckland Climate Festival saw over 400 events hosted by a total of 285 unique Event Hosts, offering a Festival programme co-curated with communities, mana whenua, rangatahi, businesses, advocacy groups and government as a whole-of-society response to the climate emergency.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Event Planning, Coordination and Execution:

  • Organise and program Climate Action Day events in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), including flagship event “The State of the Climate”.

  • Coordinate logistics, marketing, and promotion for the events.

Partnership Development:

  • Work with regional partners and stakeholders to ensure cohesive planning and execution of Aotearoa Climate Action Day.

  • Build and maintain relationships with local businesses, community groups, and environmental organisations, with support from our Community and Content Coordinator.

Strategic Branding and Funding:

  • Utilise Climate Action Day as a strategic opportunity to enhance Co- Aotearoa's brand visibility.

  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities and strategic partnerships to support future initiatives.

  • Work with the Co- Aotearoa Board to secure funding and in-kind support for Aotearoa Climate Action Day events.

Collaboration with Mana Whenua:

  • Continue to care for Co- Aotearoa’s relationships with mana whenua

  • Collaborate with mana whenua in the delivery of Aotearoa Climate Action Day 

Project Management:

  • Develop and manage project timelines, ensuring milestones are met.

  • Oversee budget and resource allocation for the events.

Community Engagement:

  • Work with our Community & Content Coordinator to engage with the Auckland community to promote participation and support for Climate Action Day and create engaging content and communications.

National Campaign Coordination:

  • Work with regional partners and creatives on the launch and delivery of a national climate awareness campaign.

  • Ensure consistent messaging and coordinated efforts across different regions

You are someone who has: 

  • Passion for Climate Action: A deep commitment to addressing climate change and promoting regenerative practices.

  • Project Delivery experience: Proven track record of establishing and delivering high-impact programs and events, with strong commercial acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. 

  • Local Networks: Existing relationships and networks within Auckland’s environmental, community, and business sectors.

  • An understanding of Te Tiriti: Demonstrated experience partnering with Māori and incorporating Te Tiriti based principles into your mahi.

  • Experience Developing Relationships and Securing Funding: Has experience identifying funders, maintaining positive relationships, and securing funding. 

  • Ability to work from Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland): available for remote work with the flexibility for in-person meetings.

You may have:

  • Non-profit experience: Proven experience within a non-profit, social enterprise or related sector. 

  • Regenerative Practice & Project Management experience: Knowledge and experience in regenerative practices. Training or experience in regenerative project management, frameworks, design, or similar methodologies. 

  • Experience in brand building and public relations: proven experience in utilising opportunities to build positive brand recognition.


  • Strategic thinker with a visionary mindset.

  • Loves a new challenge.

  • Proven ability to get new initiatives off the ground.

  • Is a good communicator.

  • Highly organised and detail-oriented.

  • Excellent networking and relationship-building skills.

  • Strong leadership and team management abilities.

  • Passionate about driving social and environmental change.


Co- Aotearoa

Job Summary

The Project & Event Director will lead the efforts to launch and execute Aotearoa Climate Action Day.


Competitive hourly rate based on experience. Potential for contract extension based on project success, performance and funding availability.

How to apply

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a cover letter outlining their relevant experience and passion for climate action to by 21st June 2024. 

Join us at Co- Aotearoa to make a tangible impact on climate action and help shape a regenerative future for Auckland and beyond!


Not for Profit

Cause (Sustainable Development Goals)

Affordable and Clean Energy, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals