Senior Media Advisor

Join FENZ and lead and advise on media and communications initiatives.

About us 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand was set up under new legislation in July 2017, combining 40 urban and rural fire services and 14,000 people. We became one national emergency management organisation to keep New Zealanders, their property and our unique environment safe.

Our firefighters educate communities to build their resilience by helping them prepare for, respond to and recover well from emergencies.

We respond to a wide variety of emergencies including motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, dealing with hazardous substances, severe weather events and natural disasters. We work to reduce risk to make our communities safer, through fire safety campaigns, research, and by providing advice on the Building Code.

Our people 

Nothing is more important to us than our people – he waka eke noa.

We are building a workplace that is safe, respectful and inclusive for all our people. It is fundamental to our purpose and consistent with our values. We activity embrace and value diversity and welcome people from all backgrounds. This helps all people at Fire and Emergency to grow, develop and be their best by providing them with a positive experience throughout their time with us.

About the role

Position context and purpose
We are looking for an experienced, savvy and confident Senior Media Advisor. You’ll need a highly tuned risk and opportunity radar, excellent writing skills and the ability to work confidently across Fire and Emergency. Previous experience in frontline media management, ideally within an operational agency is essential.

This is not simply a reactive media management role, you’ll need to demonstrate proven experience in spotting, writing and pitching proactive stories that support organisational goals. You’ll also need to be able to turn your hand to Public Information Management at emergencies, reviewing OIAs and producing content for other channels. This is a busy and challenging role and you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to manage multiple priorities, stay calm and deal with a range of topic areas.

The role is permanent, and benefits include matched KiwiSaver employer contributions of up to 6%, life and income protection insurance, and a comprehensive Wellness Policy. 

About you

The successful candidate will need to have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in communications or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a media or communications role.
  • Significant experience in media management
  • Experience undertaking a Public Information Manager role in an emergency event, or significant experience in crisis and issues management, ideally within an operational context
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing communications and engagement plans.
  • Excellent ability to write clear, accurate and engaging communications for a range of channels (including digital channels).
  • The ability to provide authoritative professional advice to all levels of management on matters associated with media and government communications
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation affecting communications in New Zealand, including the Official Information Act and the Privacy Act
  • This role will require you to be part of a roster as required for information management and to be able to be re-deployed at short notice.

Experience in a similar role in an operational delivery agency is highly desirable.

All FENZ employees are expected to operate in line with our organisational values which are:

We Do the Right Thing – Kia Tika
We Serve and Support – Manaakitanga
We Are Better Together – WhanaungatangaWe Strive to Improve - Auahatanga.



  • Experience undertaking a Public Information Manager role in an emergency event, or significant experience in crisis and issues management, ideally within an operational context
  • Photography, videography or other multimedia skills
  • Digital story telling experience
  • Experience in tikanga Maori.
  • Experience working with non-English speaking audiences.

For more information about this role please email

How to apply

If this sounds like you, make sure you carefully consider the position description, so your CV sets out your relevant experience and apply below

You will receive a notification advising we have received your application. 

Applications will close 25 January 2022.  We will review applications as we are receiving them.