Auckland Strategic Advisor

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Auckland Strategic Advisor

Apply your strategic mindset and excellent relationship management skills to ensure FENZ delivers a best practice fire and emergency service for all communities, key partners and stakeholders within the Te Hiku (Auckland) region.

About Fire and Emergency New Zealand

For more than 150 years, fire service organisations have been at the heart of New Zealand communities.

Our vision is to build stronger communities and protect what matters most to the people within them.

Our 14,000 personnel are based in five Regions across New Zealand. We work closely with the public to reduce risk, improve readiness, respond to emergencies and help communities to recover from disaster.

Our organisation is made up of career firefighters, volunteers and people in operational support roles. The work we do is critically important and maintaining public trust and confidence is vital to the performance of our responsibilities.

We’re building a modern emergency management organisation with the structure, resources and skills to protect life, property and New Zealand’s unique environment. We’re now recruiting experienced people for key positions to join the organisation’s move towards a truly unified organisation.

About the Branch

The Service Delivery Branch comprises the Regions that deliver our services to communities, and Directorates that support our Regions with the management of specialist or strategic functions and activities.
The Auckland Strategic Advisor is part of the Auckland Region Leadership Team. Te Hiku (Auckland) is our largest and most complex region, with unique opportunities and challenges. It is the only region with a dedicated Strategic Advisor.

The Regions are the primary operational delivery arm of FENZ, focussed on enabling their Districts to deliver on the 4Rs of emergency management – reduction, readiness, response and recovery, across both the built and natural environments. Districts comprise of diverse professional and career, urban and rural firefighter Brigades, community risk management teams, and support staff who deliver the 4Rs to our communities every day.

About the role

The Auckland Strategic Advisor is responsible for developing, leading and managing ‘all-of-Auckland’ engagement with key stakeholders and partners across the Te Hiku (Auckland) Districts (Waitemata, Auckland City and Counties Manukau). Through this engagement, the role is accountable for building strategic alignment and develop a consistent understanding of Auckland City’s key issues and risks, with those of FENZ’s key partners and stakeholders in the region.  

The position is the primary point of contact for external organisations wishing to engage with Fire and Emergency NZ to coordinate relationships across the Te Hiku (Auckland) Districts.

In this new role we need an energetic, enthusiastic person with a strategic mindset and excellent relationship management skills to ensure FENZ delivers a best practice fire and emergency service for all communities, key partners and stakeholders within the Te Hiku (Auckland) region. The role will ensure that the right balance is achieved between our key objectives - delivering FENZ national strategy and work programmes, meeting our legislative obligations, and identifying, understanding and appropriately meeting or otherwise responding to key community needs and expectations within the region.

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Have a strong understanding of the socioeconomic, political, environment and cultural characteristics of greater Auckland, and be able to apply this in your day to day work.
  • Be able to build and manage productive relationships and partnerships with key external stakeholders and partners across the three Auckland Districts, to progress FENZ’ strategic objectives.
  • Be able to lead your Region Leadership Team colleagues in practicing effective and structured engagement with key stakeholders and partners, by developing and delivering an engagement plan ensuring there is clear collective accountability for its implementation.
  • Have the necessary political acumen and big picture future thinking, to support the implementation of the Auckland Local Advisory Committee (LAC) in a way that ensures this forum meets its objectives and achieves the necessary buy-in and confidence from stakeholders.
  • Be able to effectively communicate the key risks and relevant issues within all three Auckland Districts as they pertain to the organisation’s main legislative, supplementary functions, infrastructure and demographic challenges.
  • Have a collaborative and inclusive working style, enabling you to influence and work effectively with other branches undertaking aligned functions across the three Auckland district’s key stakeholders and partners.
  • Be able to think and act strategically, working collaboratively with region colleagues and across branches, to deliver strategic imperatives and enhance the region and organisation’s performance.
  • Enhance the performance and culture of your team, gain buy in to change and compel people to action; monitor team performance and adjust strategy to maximise team performance.
  • Collate and moderate inputs from relevant functional areas to inform strategic objectives and priorities and develop and implement effective business plans that deliver these within Auckland. Ensure alignment with and input into the organisation’s strategic objectives, business plans and work programmes.
  • Apply effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills within a wide range of settings, including when pitching ideas, concepts, strategies/plans or business cases to achieve buy-in from a range of audiences.
  • Use analysis and judgement to inform robust decision making – applying strong qualitative and quantitative analytical ability, distilling complex and competing information to identify key themes and issues, and taking an evidence-based approach.


This position would ideally suit someone experienced in supporting or managing the effective delivery of front line services to the wide range of communities across the Auckland region. They will be able to balance organisational strategy and priorities with identified community needs and expectations when designing and delivering services. They will engage with relevant stakeholders and partners to inform and ultimately achieve this.

Interested in applying?

Please note for shortlisting purposes, you will need to provide a cover letter and resume (CV) as part of your application.  You may also be asked to complete some questions about your experience.

If invited to interview, you will be asked to deliver a short (10 minute) presentation on the topic:

“Provide an overview of an across organisation / directorate initiative you have led or been part of, covering:

  • What were the goals or objectives of the initiative
  • What complexities were involved in development or delivery
  • How did the initiative perform against the objectives or goals, and how was this measured.”

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Applications close 12pm Monday 29 June 2020.