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Senior Communications and Media Advisor Wellington Based

The Human Rights Commission works for a free, fair, safe and just New Zealand, where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected. The communications team plays a significant role in supporting the Commission to influence changes to human rights outcomes, so this position would suit an experienced professional who can work effectively at a high level as well as carry out the day-to-day tasks.

This role will suit a generalist who has a thorough understanding of internal and external communications. The successful candidate will have experience in strategic communications planning and stakeholder management. Experience in proactive media will be part of your skillset along with speech writing and content development and implementation for digital and online channels.

A strong interest in current affairs, an understanding of the public sector and a sophisticated understanding of human rights will be essential along with strong influencing skills, a level-headed approach to reputation management, and exceptional written and verbal skills.

Some lived experience of the issues that the Human Rights Commission addresses, or experience working in similar fields, would be helpful.

We are also interested in candidates who’ve worked in a dynamic and challenging environment where they have taken a flexible and innovative approach to problem solving and decision making.

This is a Wellington-based role that reports to the Communications Manager and works closely with the Commissioners.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Tuesday 23 October 2018

CONTACT US IN CONFIDENCE:  Heather Church or Demelza Halley on (04) 550 8000


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The Human Rights Commission has four major statutory functions: to advocate and promote respect for, and an understanding and appreciation of, human rights in New Zealand society; to encourage the maintenance and development of harmonious relations between individuals and among the diverse groups in New Zealand society; to provide an enquiries and complaints service, and to promote equal employment opportunities.  We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and, to build a strong and diverse workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool including those with lived experience.