Senior Advisor – Local Advisory Committees

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Senior Advisor – Local Advisory Committees

This is a new and exciting initiative for FENZ as we’re establishing Local Advisory Committees (LACs) across the country, which will help us understand each community’s needs:
• Well recognised, trusted national organisation
• New initiative supporting the Local Advisory Committees nationally
• Permanent position based at our National Headquarters in Wellington

About us

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017.  Our vision is to build stronger communities and protect what matters most to the people within them.   Our unified organisation provides a fire and emergency service that delivers for communities, and the firefighters who serve them, now and in the future.

As the most trusted public sector agency we are working to embed our new values.

  • We Do the Right Thing – Kia Tika
  • We Serve and Support – Manaakitanga
  • We Are Better Together – Whanaungatanga
  • We Strive to Improve – Auahatanga

 About the role

This is a new and exciting initiative for FENZ as we’re establishing Local Advisory Committees (LACs) across the country, which will help us understand each community’s needs.  As one of two senior advisors you will be the key liaison between the LACs and FENZ.  Developing and managing complex relationships and the flow of information and networking across multiple stakeholders, you’ll be responsible for advising and providing end to end support to LACs.

You’ll have the opportunity to make connections in person as you travel to quarterly regional meetings, where you’ll provide governance and secretariat support..

This is a permanent role and the salary range is $100,000 to $112,000 per annum and benefits including matched KiwiSaver employer contributions of up to 6%, life and income protection insurance, and generous sick leave provisions through our Wellness Policy. 

About you

The LACs will be formed across different regions; and each will have a unique set of needs, so you will need to be agile in your approach to stakeholder engagement. You’ll be supporting LACs to develop and implement an annual work programme, engage effectively across a range of communities and key stakeholders and provide strategic advice and reporting to the FENZ Board.  Working alongside  Chairs and Deputy Chairs you’ll be instrumental in assisting LACs to meet their strategic goals and legislative mandate requirements.

To succeed in this role, you will be: 

  • Politically savvy and able to navigate the machinery of government, governance structures and boards.
  • An excellent communicator and presenter; experienced in developing papers and reports to an executive level
  • Experienced in providing sound monitoring, reporting and evaluation across a programme of work and developing initiatives s to improve effectiveness
  • Able to demonstrate a sound understanding of tikanga and Te Ao Māori; and
  • Skilled in facilitating community engagement and stakeholder relationships.


How to apply

You can download the position description here can apply for the role by sending three documents, the application form, (found here) your current curriculum vitae, and cover letter to

You will receive an email response confirming we have received your application.

For more information about this role please contact Vivien - Senior Advisor Recruitment on

Applications close Sunday 31 May 2020