Head of Communications & Engagement

Auckland Council


  • Lead a senior team of urban regeneration communications and engagement advisors in Auckland’s award winning urban regeneration agency.
  • Stretch your creative muscles to devise compelling storytelling and engagement campaigns across some of Auckland’s most loved neighbourhoods.
  • Make a positive contribution to Auckland

Eke Panuku Development Auckland is Auckland’s urban regeneration agency committed to the regeneration of some of Auckland’s most loved neighbourhoods such as Takapuna, Wynyard Quarter and Onehunga. We lead the development of well-designed, diverse, resilient and exciting places where people want to work, learn, and play. Communicating regeneration activities and engaging with locals in our neighbourhoods is a core part of the regeneration process. Your leadership of a senior team of operators will impact the way people in Auckland see the potential of our city realised, and give stakeholders a role to play in this process.

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

The opportunity is to join the leadership team of the Community & Stakeholder Relations directorate as the Head of Community Affairs. Reporting directly to the GM Community & Stakeholder Relations, the Head of Community Affairs is a significant, senior role at Eke Panuku Development Auckland that will lead and shape our place-based communications and engagement campaigns (managing the entire end to end process) in neighbourhoods where Eke Panuku is undertaking urban regeneration. This role requires a mix of communication and PR nous along with strong leadership that will support and develop a team to shape and deliver communication and engagement campaigns. Supported by corporate communications and a channels and content team, the opportunity is to guide the communications and engagement strategy and to encourage collaboration with internal specialists to deliver. You can see the position description here: https://bit.ly/3yAJjR1

He kōrero mōu: About you

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be a highly collaborative, inspiring and inclusive leader with experience leading a diverse team and working within a matrix structure. You have at least 10 years of practical experience in communications, /or stakeholder and government relations/consultation experience in the public sector.

  • You are familiar in working within complex stakeholder landscapes and leading long programmes of work.
  • You’re able to maximise the potential of those reporting to you as well as the magic of public relations.
  • Experience in a local or central government environment would be a real advantage.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

Eke Panuku Development is innovating and forging new ground in sustainable urban developments in Auckland. What we do today matters because we’re shaping a future for Auckanders to love. We all bring some magic to the table – visionaries who see the true value in a place. From all walks of life, our passion takes us far but our commitment to delivery and our ability to do a lot with a little, pushes us even further.

This is a unique opportunity to join an organisation making a positive contribution to the resilience, health and sustainability of our neighbourhoods. Our competitive salaries, flexible working and dynamic people make every day at Panuku interesting and diverse.

As part of our whānau, you’ll be joining a team that inspires one another to achieve great things. We explore opportunities with an open mind and enable each other to flourish. We know that by bringing out the best in Auckland you’ll be able to bring out the best in you.

Applications will close on Friday, 3rd September 2021. However, please note that we will review applications as they are received – so apply now to avoid disappointment.

Eke Panuku Development Auckland is a council-controlled organisation (CCO). Panuku rejuvenates town centres – from small projects that refresh a site or building, to major transformations of town centres or neighbourhoods. 2021 promises to be an exciting year for Panuku Development Auckland’s vision in “shaping spaces for Aucklanders to love”.

  • Seniority level


    Not Applicable

  • Employment type


    Full-time

  • Job function


    Marketing, Public Relations, and Writing/Editing

  • Industries


    Government Administration


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