Senior Communications Advisor - Media

As the Senior Communications Advisor – Media you will love pitching stories, be a formidable relationship builder and a calm, customer focused voice during incident and issues management.
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  • Infrastructure and environmental sector 
  • Fulltime, permanent
  • Location, Petone 

Who are we:

We manage the drinking water, wastewater and storm water services from source to sea for our councils – Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wellington city councils, South Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council. We partner with the community and engineering consultants and contractors on projects, water conservation, operations work and asset planning.

Where you come in:

The Senior Communications Advisor – Media is part of our small Communications and Community Engagement Team. We’re dedicated to making it easy for the community to understand what is happening with their water services and infrastructure and the role we all play in improving the quality of our water and the amount of water we have as region

As the Senior Communications Advisor – Media you will love pitching stories, be a formidable relationship builder and a calm, customer focused voice during incident and issues management. You will have a knack for spotting opportunities and risks and building credibility internally and externally with a collaborative, transparent and upfront approach to sharing and telling Wellington Water stories. You will be part of the Incident and Emergency Management Teams, which includes on an on-call roster. You will also be involved in developing and delivering communications strategies and plans.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification and/or demonstrated experience in media, journalism or communications
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience providing strategic communications and engagement planning and delivery including in a media related role
  • Good understanding of how the media works, media trends and the media landscape (including preferably experience working as a journalist)
  • A nose for news, with proven experience successfully pitching stories and ability to manage issues in a trusted and transparent manner
  • Incident and Emergency Management experience – ideally including in a PIM role
  • Knowledge of working with government or local government
  • Experience building great working relationships with senior managers, staff and external stakeholders
  • Good writing and editing skills
  • Other specialist communication and engagement skills, i.e. event management, marketing communications, stakeholder engagement, change communications.

In addition to the above, you will be self-starter, great at collaborating and pitching in to help your immediate colleagues and others across Wellington Water.

What’s in it for you:

It’s an exciting time to join our organisation.  We have some big aspirations to continue being an innovative centre of excellence for the management of three waters in the region.  Your personal and professional growth will be encouraged, and you will work alongside likeminded people who are passionate about their work and have a strong sense of purpose for the region and its councils

Closing date:   5pm Sunday, 16 May.

Position Description

If you require additional information, please contact Rebecca Wilson, Recruitment Lead -

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

Petone Office

25 Victoria St
5012 Lower Hutt Directions (04) 912 4400 View page

Staff benefits

Learning & Development
Our people are encouraged to identify learning and development opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills, and advance their career

We look after our people. As well as having a comprehensive wellbeing program covering up to the minute hot topics, health, fitness, mental and social wellbeing we also provide inoculations, eye tests, workplace assessments, and other health related events

Five Weeks Annual Leave
Upon completion of two years current continuous service, staff accrue an additional fifth week's annual leave during their third and subsequent years

Work/Life Balance
Work/life balance is recognised as an integral aspect of employee satisfaction. We offer flexible work hours and regular social events


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