Community Relations Manager

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Apr 2024

Te Rōpū Pāpori | Engagement
Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position
  • Generous annual leave provisions and professional development opportunities

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Community Relations Manager? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.


Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
We have an exciting opportunity for a Community Relations Manager to join the team within engagement. In this role you will coordinate UC's institutional programme of work with key external stakeholder bodies. You will ensure UC is progressing on commitments made to these key external stakeholders in our community and region. In doing this you will provide comprehensive and professional strategic advice and services to the AVC Engagement and leadership team in relation to the activities associated with UC's strategic plan and community commitments. It is essentail that you maintain high connectivity at all times with internal and external stakeholders, and promote a collaborative and cohesive working approach.


Mōu | Who You Are
A successful applicant will have substantial (minimum 15 years') experience working in higher education, including:

  • Successful record in strategy development and implementation in a complex environment, with the ability to translate strategic thinking into a succinct strategic plan
  • Successful record of integration of strategic development initiatives across a complex organisation
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate with senior stakeholders
  • Proven experience negotiating sponsorship and funding for initiatives from industry
  • Ability to quickly develop effective professional and collegial relationships
  • Effective and proven motivational skills and experience across a diverse range of people
  • Active commitment to upholding the values, tikanga (protocols and processes), kawa (rules) of cultural practice and traditions as guided by mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and valuing te reo Māori.


Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here .

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit


The closing date for this position is: 12 April 2024 (midnight, NZ time)
Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted via our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

You must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.



Job Details
Reference # 20110
Posted on 05 Apr 2024
Closes on 12 Apr 2024 23:55
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise General Mgmt/Executive, Marketing
Job level(s) Management
Work type(s) Continuing (Permanent) full-time
More details (document) Community Relations Manager PD Jan 2024.pdf
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