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Communications Manager

  • Wellington-based
  • Full-Time position
  • Salary range $132,000 – $178,250

About the Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission was created to provide better protection of human rights in Aotearoa. The Commission was formed in 1977 and works under the Human Rights Act 1993.

We are funded through the Ministry of Justice but operate independently of the New Zealand Government as an independent Crown Entity.

Our values:

Our values guide how we behave as an organisation and as individuals to achieve our mission:

  • Mana Tangata – human dignity
  • Māia, tika pono – courage and integrity
  • Whanaungatanga – relationships

About the role

As a member of the Commission’s leadership team, the Human Rights Communications Manager is responsible for translating the organisation’s strategic direction into a clear work programme for the Communications team, ensuring that the organisation understands the critical role that communications play in the work of the Commission, that work is well integrated and that Communications input is sought at the appropriate time.

This person is also responsible for leading the communications and media team to develop and implement, innovative and impactful strategic communications, engagement programmes and campaigns in a planned way, which: 

  • Effectively and consistently develop and position the organisational reputation;
  • Communicate the Commission’s purpose and values;
  • Support achievement of the Commission’s agreed programme/s of work so that the human rights of New Zealanders are positively influenced and improved. 

As the Commission’s communications and media expert professional and the “go-to” person for advice, guidance and support for all communications challenges facing the organisation, individual Commissioners and employees, the Communications Manager is a vital team member. 

To be successful in this role, you will have

  • A relevant tertiary qualification(s) in communications, media, or social marketing is highly desirable and/or equivalent experience
  • Experience managing a successful team (including the ability to develop and coach team members)
  • Experience developing and executing campaigns through a variety of channels (i.e social / digital media, print publication, and traditional media)
  • Experience in strategic stakeholder management
  • Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills
  • An understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi 
  • A sense of humour and demonstrated success in building relationships

To view the position description, click here.

To apply - send your CV and Cover Letter to the Manager – People and Culture: 

[email protected]

Applications close at COB on Friday, 20th March 2020.

Applicants must have legal working rights in New Zealand. 

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.