Job vacancies: Specialist Advisor and Advisor positions - Community Empowerment

11 Jan 2019 1:34 PM | Anonymous

Date: 08-Jan-2019

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

About the Company: Auckland Council

  • Contribute to creating innovative and positive activity in Auckland communities
  • Work within a diverse and exciting team to make a real difference
  • A range of fixed-term and permanent advisor and specialist advisor roles available

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Are you all about making a real, positive impact in Auckland communities? Do you know from experience that communities are amazing at addressing the issues and opportunities they see – and often just need a supportive hand to achieve their aspirations?

Auckland Council's Community Empowerment Unit’s advisors and specialist advisors have the privileged mandate to work with Auckland’s many diverse communities, engage with them to understand what they care about and their aspirations, and then support and empower community organisations and individuals to bring their ideas to fruition.

These roles are dynamic, diverse and full of opportunity. You’ll have the scope to design and lead work that tackles some of the toughest issues facing Auckland communities, giving evidence-based advice to inform elected member priorities and decision-making, within an environment that encourages innovation and impact.

The Community Empowerment Unit exists to deliver council services in an effective and empowering way that supports more community-led development. Our focus on implementing the Auckland Plan and Auckland Council's Thriving Communities community and social development action plan places emphasis on building capability of communities - this is your chance to be a community change-maker.

He kōrero mōu: About you

If you’re passionate about working with communities, are self-driven and thrive on collaboration, innovation and delivering outcomes – this is the perfect role for you.

Joining the Community Empowerment team would enable you to employ your considerable experience in community development to create and deliver innovative projects with all types of Auckland communities.

Our advisors build strong relationships within the communities they are working with, able to act as trusted partners and be accountable to deliver great results. Whether your skills and experience are in community safety, co-design, community-led placemaking, social enterprise and procurement, working with Māori and Pasifika, accessibility and inclusion and engagement of diverse communities, or ending homelessness, they will all be put to good use.

You will have experience working in local or central government, a not-for-profit organisation or working with diverse communities. You must have an outstanding track record of project managing and delivering collaborative, results-focused work programmes. You'll be comfortable with complexity and ambiguity, adept at providing strategic advice and influencing at all levels, and at ease working with a diverse range of community and organisational stakeholders. Experience with tikanga Māori would be an advantage.

You have a full NZ driver’s licence or can travel independently. You can also self-manage a working week to include attending occasional community events outside of traditional working hours.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

You’ll work in a stimulating environment and be part of a passionate team committed to Auckland communities. You will join a diverse team of enthusiastic and committed professionals. We support flexible working arrangements for our staff.

A range of fixed-term and permanent Advisor and Specialist Advisor roles available as full time or part time positions. Please indicate your preference when you apply.

Tell us about your passion for empowering communities and apply online via the link. If you are an internal candidate apply via Tupu. This can be a secondment opportunity for our internal staff.

Further details

For more information or to discuss the role in confidence, please contact Dhaya Haran at


To find out more and how to apply here: 

Applications close Sunday, 20 January 2019.

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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand


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