Senior Advocacy Adviser
Senior Advocacy Adviser
Senior Advocacy Adviser (Local Government focus) |Kaiwhakamahere Matua, Kōkiri i te Mana o ngā Toi
Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency of Aotearoa. We encourage, promote and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
E ngā mātā waka o te motu, e ngā karangatanga maha, te iti me te rahi tēnā koutou katoa, he panui tēnei e pā ana ki ētahi tunga hou i Toi Aotearoa mō te hunga e hiahia ana kia mahi ai i roto i te ao Toi.
Advocacy is a crucial part of Creative New Zealand’s work; to help New Zealanders understand the value and benefits of the arts, and to take positive action to support these. Until now though, we haven’t had a dedicated ‘home team’ to support this important mahi.
Joining the newly established Advocacy team, you’ll be the team’s Senior Advocacy Adviser, with a strong focus on our relationships with local government. This ranges from work with national representative bodies for the local government sector, through to advancing the story of the value of the arts locally with a variety of councils, and on bigger picture thinking around things like cultural wellbeing.
To be successful in this role, you’ll bring:
- excellent stakeholder and relationship management experience, which will help you build and maintain relationships in the local government sector and beyond
- powerful communication skills, to help our advocacy messages connect with audiences and inspire action
- a deep understanding of local government in New Zealand: how the pieces fit together, what the challenges and opportunities are, and who drives change at a national and local level
- success in delivering to busy work programmes in multi-faceted sectors, such as the arts, cultural, social and non-government sectors
- experience in working with diverse communities, which will help embody and uphold our values around Mana Māori, Mana Pasifika and Tauiwi
- an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges facing arts development in New Zealand, and the wider environment the arts sector operates in.
In return we offer a positive and collaborative working environment, great work/life balance, and an enviable opportunity to work with and for New Zealand’s vibrant arts sector every day. We support professional development for all our people, including regular te reo and waiata classes for staff.
This role is preferably based in Wellington, although Auckland candidates will be considered.