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Communications and Engagement Manager

NZ Defence Force
Job Category:
IT & computing
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

What you will do
As Communication and Engagement Manager for the CIS Branch, you will be responsible for leading the Communication and Engagement function, providing strategic and tactical communications expertise and ensuring the team is delivering against objectives.
This will include:

  • Supporting the development of a stakeholder engagement framework;
  • Delivering communication activities which support the branch's engagement and business partnering functions;
  • Encouraging and monitoring continuous feedback between stakeholders and CIS Branch;
  • Being responsible for  progressing internal CIS Branch communication initiatives, processes and practices to support strategic objectives;
  • Creating a positive work culture that enables staff to deliver results.

What we need

We're looking for a seasoned communications practioner who has demonstrable experience leading a team with passion, creativity and, importantly, pragmatism. Therefore a background in succeeding in a similar role and driving continuous improvement is key. You will build relationships with colleagues at all levels effectively and quickly become a trusted advisor on internal communications and employee engagement matters.
To be considered for this position you will need the following:

  • Proven leadership across a wide range of communications and engagement activities;
  • Excellent working knowledge of the communication landscape, methodologies and tools;
  • Demonstrable experience of working effectively with engagement frameworks and channels;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and positive relationships at multiple levels;
  • Experience in managing and developing the performance and potential of others.

Who we are

The NZDF uses a range of satellite and terrestrial systems to support more than 14,000 personnel, many of whom are operating in geographically remote or hostile environments. The Communication Information Services branch purpose is to provide specialist ICT support to core mission and intelligence, as well as supporting essential corporate functions such as Logistics, Human Resources and Finance.
Most importantly, we support our colleagues in the Navy, Army, Airforce and Joint Forces who rely on us to enable the information services needed on military platforms e.g. bases, ships, vehicles or aircraft. Our operating environment includes several separate information domains, and we also contribute to the protection of New Zealanders from cyber threats.
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand.  As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.
Why Us
This is an exciting time to join the CIS Branch as we transition into a new, modern way of working. NZDF will be an integrated defence force by 2025 and everything the Defence Force delivers – from frontline military operations through to corporate support relies on technology and the CIS Branch is critical to this success.
By joining our team you are making a great career decision.  A recent staff satisfaction survey highlighted why:

  • Be part of an effective team with freedom and flexibility to do my job;
  • Able to maintain a balance between my personal and working life;
  • Inspired to go the extra mile to help NZDF succeed.

Check out the great benefits for you and your family when you join NZDF!
How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, contact Michelle Wilson on

Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Thursday 25 July 2019.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Higher level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.  

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