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To work for the New Zealand Fire Service you need to be a permanent resident of New Zealand or have a current work permit. Australian citizens can work freely in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service for further information.

 

Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) will be established as a Crown Entity under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2017, (currently before Parliament), with effect from 1 July 2017.

 

The establishment of FENZ reflects the Government’s decision to create a unified fire and emergency services organisation, with urban and rural fire services merged, to deliver better emergency prevention and response outcomes for New Zealand’s communities. The new organisation will be a merger of 40+ rural fire authorities, the National Rural Fire Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service (which are both part of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission).


45 / 2017
Senior Advisor – Office of the Chief Executive
Wellington

  • Central Wellington location
  • Extensive writing experience required
  • OIA and OC experience needed

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is comprised of around 400 stations, and almost 10,000 volunteer and paid firefighters spread throughout the country.  As well as responding to a wide range of emergency situations, we are focussed on fire safety and prevention in NZ communities. 

 

From 1 July 2017, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) will be established.   The new organisation will be a merger of 40+ rural fire authorities, the National Rural Fire Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service (which are both part of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission).  We will become part of this new organisation, so it is an exciting time to be joining us.

This role provides strategic advice, analysis and writing of complex papers to the Board, Minister and SLT, and support to the Board alongside the Executive and Ministerial Services Manager.  It’s a varied and interesting role where you’ll get a chance to be involved in a range of complex issues.


As part of this role you’ll:

  • Provide advice, support and solutions to others in the team, including the Chief Advisor and Manager.
  • Provide analysis on, and write complex papers to the Board
  • Support the business to produce their Board papers
  • Produce briefing notes to the Minister
  • Have oversight of complex OIA and Ministerials, including providing updates and reports where required
  • Support the Board secretary in lifting the capability of the organisation in understanding and responding to governance requirements
  • Act as Board Secretary in the absence of the Executive and Ministerial Services Manager
  • Develop and implement strategies and tactics to support initiatives
  • Develop resources and tools to assist the Board paper process and OIAs/Ministerials

We are therefore looking for someone with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the official correspondence/board paper process,
  • Advanced communication skills and experience writing across a range of formal communications,
  • A relevant tertiary qualification and/or equivalent experience in a relevant field such communications, politics, policy, law, media or communications
  • Proven ability to critically analyse and interpret complex information
  • Organisational governance experience or experience working in the Government sector, including experience working in a Minister’s office if possible

You’ll also need to be able to:

  • Manage relationships and stakeholders
  • Work under pressure to tight deadlines, and with ambiguity and change
  • Promote consistency and adherence to procedures and standards
  • Assess and convey information and ideas clearly and accurately, in a way that meets the needs of the audience

This is a senior role so please carefully consider the attached position description and ensure your application sets out your relevant skills and experience. 


How to apply


If this sounds like you:

To apply send completed application form along with supporting documents to Louise.Robinson@fire.org.nz.  


Louise can also be emailed if you have any questions about the role.

 

Applications close on Monday, 3rd April at 9.00am

 


44 / 2017
Chief Advisor – Office of the Chief Executive
Wellington

Are you a senior practitioner looking for a role where you will be advising on a range of complex matters?

  • 3rd tier role
  • Provide advice on complex matters
  • Lead through influence

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is comprised of around 400 stations, and almost 10,000 volunteer and paid firefighters spread throughout the country.  As well as responding to a wide range of emergency situations, we are focussed on fire safety and prevention in NZ communities. 

 

From 1 July 2017, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) will be established.   The new organisation will be a merger of 40+ rural fire authorities, the National Rural Fire Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service (which are both part of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission).  We will become part of this new organisation, so it is an exciting time to be joining us.

This role is the key support to the Director Office of the Chief Executive (OCE).  It’s a complex and challenging role for a senior practitioner who is able to confidently manage sensitive issues on behalf of the Director, and provide advice to the Director and Chief Executive/National Commander.

As part of this role you’ll:

  • Lead and manage the coordination of significant cross-organisation issue resolution (including legal and complex media issues), including advising senior management on current and potential organisational-level issues, putting forward recommendations and implementing appropriate courses of action to effectively manage these issues.
  • Undertake and manage analysis and projects
  • Lead, manage and/or prepare complex OIAs and Ministerial briefings
  • Act on behalf of the Director OCE where required
  • Develop the capability of the organisation with respect to managing complex issues
  • Provide leadership and direction to those working on complex issues
  • Lead the development of NZFS's OCE Strategy, operating model and business plan

The successful applicant will be a strategic thinker with well-honed political nous, who is quickly able to recognise significant issues and risks.  You’ll also need:

  • Strong relationship and stakeholder management experience
  • Experience managing functions
  • High level advocacy and negotiation skills, with well-developed interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Experience managing sensitive issues to resolution
  • High level analytical, communication and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to convey information and ideas clearly and accurately, in a way that meets the needs of the audience
  • Experience with OIAs, Ministerial briefings and other official correspondence.

This is a senior and complex role 3rd tier so please carefully consider the attached position description and ensure your application sets out your relevant skills and experience. 


How to apply


If this sounds like you:

To apply send completed application form along with supporting documents to Louise.Robinson@fire.org.nz.  


Louise can also be emailed if you have any questions about the role.

 

Applications close on Monday, 3rd April at 9.00am

 


43 / 2017
Communicator
Central Communications Centre
Wellington

  • Four shifts on, four shifts off
  • Exciting, supportive team environment
  • Intensive training, NZQA qualifications

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) has three 111 Communications Centres based in Christchurch (Southern), Wellington (Central), and Auckland (Northern). The primary role of the Centres is to act as the first point of contact for the public with the NZFS.

 

We are seeking a Communicator to join our Central Communication Centre, based in Wellington.  This is a permanent position.

 

Communicators operate in a 24/7 Emergency Service environment. Working in a small close-knit team, your primary responsibility will be to receive emergency 111 and administration calls and to dispatch appropriate Fire Service responses. You will have daily contact with a wide range of people including members of the public, firefighters, other emergency services and government agencies.

 

Full-time communicators work a structured roster cycle of four shifts on (two days, two nights), four shifts off.

 

The primary role of the Communication Centres is to act as the first point of contact for the public with the NZFS.

 

Applicants require:

  • High level of computer literacy with a typing speed of at least 45wpm;
  • Good geographic knowledge of New Zealand;
  • Excellent attention to detail accompanied with a high level of accuracy and the ability to perform multiple tasks under pressure;
  • Ability to work constructively and cooperatively within a team environment; and
  • Previous experience in a communications centre or similar customer service environment coupled with a strong customer focus and a ‘can-do’ approach.

How to apply

Application by email only.

Applications close 9.00am, 03 April 2017

 


42 / 2017
Communicator
Northern Communications Centre
Auckland

  • Four shifts on, four shifts off
  • Exciting, supportive team environment
  • Intensive training, NZQA qualifications

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) has three 111 Communications Centres based in Christchurch (Southern), Wellington (Central), and Auckland (Northern). The primary role of the Centres is to act as the first point of contact for the public with the NZFS.

 

We are seeking a Communicator to join our Northern Communication Centre, based in Auckland.  This is a permanent position.

 

Communicators operate in a 24/7 Emergency Service environment. Working in a small close-knit team, your primary responsibility will be to receive emergency 111 and administration calls and to dispatch appropriate Fire Service responses. You will have daily contact with a wide range of people including members of the public, firefighters, other emergency services and government agencies.

 

Full-time communicators work a structured roster cycle of four shifts on (two days, two nights), four shifts off.

 

The primary role of the Communication Centres is to act as the first point of contact for the public with the NZFS.

Applicants require:

  • High level of computer literacy with a typing speed of at least 45wpm;
  • Good geographic knowledge of New Zealand;
  • Excellent attention to detail accompanied with a high level of accuracy and the ability to perform multiple tasks under pressure;
  • Ability to work constructively and cooperatively within a team environment; and
  • Previous experience in a communications centre or similar customer service environment coupled with a strong customer focus and a ‘can-do’ approach.

How to apply

Application by email only.

Applications close 9.00am, 03 April 2017

 


39 / 2017
Position Management Specialist              
People and Capability
NHQ Wellington

24 months fixed term role with the NZ Fire Service, opportunity to utilise your knowledge and technical skills within a supportive team.

  • Central Wellington location
  • Unique organisation
  • Fixed term

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is comprised of around 400 stations, and up to 10,000 urban volunteer and paid firefighters spread throughout the country.  As well as responding to a wide range of emergency situations, we are focussed on fire safety and prevention in NZ communities. 

 

From 1 July 2017, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) will be established.   The new organisation will be a merger of 40+ rural fire authorities, the National Rural Fire Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service (which are both part of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission).  We will become part of this new organisation, so it is an exciting time to be joining us.

 

Our Remuneration and Reporting team, which is is part of our wider People and Capability team, is looking for an HR Position Management Specialist. 

 

This role will develop systems so we can accurately record and maintain our organisation structure and position management information and as a result,  develop and maintain our new organisation charting tool (Org Publisher).  You may also work on the development and modelling of new organisational structures to meet needs of FENZ as a new organisation. 

The role also includes:

  • Maintenance of our systems and identification of system issues
  • Management of the organisation structure, including the establishment of new positions and maintenance of existing position data.
  • Development and maintenance of vacancy data
  • Documentation of business processes
  • Assisting with modelling of information
  • On-going maintenance of the organisation charting tool
  • Assisting with the annual remuneration review processes, progression and other remuneration related processes.

We are therefore looking for someone with the following skills and experience:

  • HR administration and/or extensive payroll experience with an understanding of HR practices
  • Good working knowledge of HR/Payroll systems
  • Ability to work accurately with confidential data
  • Very good working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Ideally previous experience in the use and development of Org Publisher
  • An understanding of remuneration principles
  • The ability to interpret collective agreements or willingness to learn
  • Knowledge of SQL
  • Strong attention to detail and understanding of the need for quality accurate data.
  • Receptive to change

So if you’re looking for a chance to put your skill set to use in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities, then we’ll provide you with a unique opportunity to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team.

 

How to apply

For more information about this role please email Nichola.oakenfull@fire.org.nz

 

Send completed application form along with supporting documents to Nichola.oakenfull@fire.org.nz by 9am Monday 3 April 2017

 


36 / 2017
Principal Advisor Change Management
Permanent

  • Central Wellington
  • Lead best practice

Are you interested in a busy and varied change management advisor role in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities?


The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is comprised of around 400 stations, and 9,000 volunteer and paid firefighters spread throughout the country.  As well as responding to a wide range of emergency situations, we are focussed on fire safety and prevention in NZ communities. 

 

From 1 July 2017, Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) will be established.   The new organisation will be a merger of 40+ rural fire authorities, the National Rural Fire Authority, and the New Zealand Fire Service (which are both part of the New Zealand Fire Service Commission).  We will become part of this new organisation, so it is an exciting time to be joining us.

We are looking for an exceptional Principle Advisor Change Management to be part of our National Headquarters Strategic Programme Office. The purpose of the role is to lead change management best practice, provide guidance and consistent practical solutions to managers at all levels across NHQ and Regions.


The Principle Advisor Change Management will identify, assess and understand change impacts across the current and proposed programmes of work. You will provide insight about what this data means, and provide advice in the form of specialist change management methods and tools on how to address the expected impacts and build capability in relevant teams and individuals across the organisation to successfully manage and absorb change.
We are looking for an experienced change management leader with the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience in leading and influencing the change management mindset in a comparably complex and sizable environment
  • Advanced knowledge of change management methodologies particularly those affecting organisational culture change
  • Highly skilled at influencing and negotiating at all levels of management
  • Engaging and persuasive facilitator
  • Ability to work confidently and in a mature way with staff at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals, business units and teams
  • Inclusive and approachable working style, you understand the value in consultation and bringing others alongside
  • Exposure to programme and project management principles and techniques
  • Relevant tertiary qualification

How to apply


If this sounds like you:

To apply send completed application form along with supporting documents to sandy.weston@fire.org.nz


Applications close 9am 5th April 2017

 


31 / 2017
Payroll Coordinator
National Headquarters, Wellington

The Payroll team provides an effective and accurate HRMIS and Payroll service to the business of the NZ Fire Service.  This incorporates the Payroll and Human Resource modules of the “PS Enterprise” system.

 

Payroll Coordinators are responsible for the complete range of payroll processes including assistance on projects concerning employment contracts.

 

This is a permanent, full time position.

 

We are seeking a person who:

  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience of Payroll/HR functions within a large organisation.
  • Working experience with computerised payrolls, preferably with “PSE”.
  • A comprehensive awareness of Payroll standards and relevant legislative requirements.
  • The need to be client focused, have enthusiasm and concern for quality.

Here is an opportunity to work in an environment where good communication, interpersonal skills, initiative and a desire to learn are highly valued.

 

How to apply


If this sounds like you:

Email your completed application form along with supporting documents to:


Casey Scott-Campbell
Casey.Scott-Campbell@fire.org.nz

 

Application close:  9.00am, Monday 6 March 2017

 


27 / 2017
Business Services Coordinator (NHQ)  - Fixed Term x 2 roles
National Headquarters, Wellington

Interested in a busy and varied business services role in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities?


NZ Fire Service is looking for an exceptional administrator/assistant to be part of our National Headquarters Business Services team.  We are seeking to appoint a full time, fixed term Business Services Coordinator to provide high level and confidential administrative and executive support to Directors and staff within the business units they support and across National headquarters to support other business units in response to fluctuating workloads. No day is the same in this varied and interesting role.


The position involves providing support to the Director/s including managing diary, email, workflow and correspondence.  You will also be required to coordinate activities across the team, provide financial administration, coordinate meetings and conferences, book travel, assist with recruitment and undertake other projects when required.  Some travel will be required as part of the role.


To be successful in this role you will need to have a strong administrative background, strong technical skills, a proactive “can do” attitude and experience providing executive assistance, preferably to a senior level manager.

 

How to apply

Send completed application form along with supporting documents to:


Sandy Weston
Sandy.Weston@fire.org.nz

 

Applications close: 9.00 am  28 February 2017

 


26 / 2017
Plant and Equipment Coordinator
Region 1 (Auckland)

Fixed term or secondment until June 2018

 

A national project is under way to develop a future state staffing model for managing NZFS Plant & Equipment (P&E). This position is now part of the National Operations team, reporting to the Operational Equipment Strategy & Coordination Manager.

 

To be successful in this role you will be able to coordinate

  • Region P&E asset renewal strategy in collaboration with the Operational Equipment Strategy & Coordination Manager
  • P&E acquisition, use, maintenance, transfer, and disposal
  • the roll-out of new equipment with in the region
  • and contribute to asset management, planning, and development of technical manuals.
  • and generate management reports.

Suitable candidates must have:

  • Understands the need to see the 'big picture' and recognises how relationships and processes fit within it
  • Practical understanding of asset management and related systems
  • Sound communication skills, both verbal and written

A requirement of this role is regular travel.

 

How to apply

Send completed application form along with supporting documents to:

Renee McGarva
Business Services Coordinator
Renee.McGarva@fire.org.nz

 

Applications must be received by:  5.00pm, Wednesday, 07 March 2017

 


23 / 2017
Communications Coordinator
National Headquarters, Wellington

The New Zealand Fire Service is a technologically advanced, responsive fire service that has around 62,000 callouts per year. There are almost 500 stations throughout New Zealand with around 1,700 career and 8,000+ volunteer firefighters, and over 500 support staff, who dedicate themselves to preventing fires and protecting the community in times of emergency. Our vision is to lead integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand.


With this type of environment our internal and external communications are extremely important to us.  Our National Communications team are at the heart of this and are looking for a new Communications Coordinator to join them.


The Communications Coordinator role provides administrative, scheduling and coordination support to support our Communications team. 


On a day to day basis this can cover brand reputation, media, stakeholder and community engagement, internal communications and digital marketing. This is a varied role so in the morning you might be managing our design and print requirements and in the afternoon you could be organising an event or working on our social media channels.


You’ll need to have:

  • sound communications skills (both written and verbal),
  • at least a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, InDesign, Illustrator and PhotoShop
  • Strong time and capacity management skills
  • Basic understanding of media monitoring and management
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Post-Secondary education qualifications in Media, Communications, Marketing or similar

How to apply

Send your completed application form along with your CV and a covering letter setting out your relevant skills to:


Louise Robinson
Louise.Robinson@fire.org.nz

 

Applications close 9.00am Monday 27 February 2017

 


21 / 2017
Business Services Coordinator Area (Fixed Term 18 months)
Region 2 Headquarters Tauranga

We have an exciting opportunity for a Business Services Coordinator (18 months fixed term, 35 hours per week) to join our region headquarters team.  Reporting to the Regional Business Services Manager, you’ll be part of a team committed to delivering outstanding administrative services to our staff, volunteers and communities.

 

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is a technologically advanced, responsive fire service that has around 62,000 callouts per year. There are almost 500 stations throughout New Zealand with around 1,700 career and 8,000+ volunteer firefighters, and over 500 support staff, who dedicate themselves to preventing fires and protecting the community in times of emergency. Our vision is to lead integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand.

 

With new legislation coming into effect, we are part of the biggest reform of fire and emergency services in 70 years. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) comes into effect 1st July. FENZ is the unification of urban and rural fire services bringing 626 operational units and over 14,000 firefighters and support staff together. Ensuring business continuity and effectiveness over this time is a critical component of our role in business services. Thriving within changing environment is a key attribute we are seeking.

 

Responsibilities include performing a wide range of administration tasks such as:

  • Office management - maintaining office and stationary supplies, organising inwards and outwards mail, filing, and responding to general enquiries etc.
  • Meeting management - room bookings, invitations, catering, travel, accommodation, agenda writing and minute taking etc.
  • Finance - banking, accounts payable and receivable etc.
  • Asset management - disposals, transfers, repairs and maintenance, contractor liaison, insurance claims etc.
  • Responding to Requests for Official Information

Other opportunities which may present themselves depending on your skills and experience are:

  • Diary and email management
  • Business writing – letters, business cases, project briefs, report writing etc.
  • Project coordination and administration
  • Finance reporting
  • Corporate communications – newsletters, intranet, key messaging etc.
  • Business process improvements

Specific skills we’re looking for include;

  • Knowledge of office procedures, systems and general administration functions
  • Top-notch computer literacy with full competency in the MS suite of applications
  • Superb communication skills - written, verbal and interpersonal

Specific attributes we’re looking for include;

  • Methodical, process driven with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong customer focus
  • Solution focused, positive “can do” attitude
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst maintaining a collaborative working style
  • Able to embrace and participate in change initiatives 

So if you’re highly experienced or want room to grow, this unique opportunity may be right for you.


How to apply

For more information about this role please email louise.hunton@fire.org.nz


Send completed application form along with supporting documents to louise.hunton@fire.org.nz

 

Applications close on Monday, 27th February at 0900hrs

 


20 / 2017
Business Services Coordinator
Region 2 (Region HQ Tauranga)

We have an exciting opportunity for a Business Services Coordinator (full time position) to join our region headquarters team.  Reporting to the Regional Business Services Manager, you’ll be part of a team committed to delivering outstanding administrative services to our staff, volunteers and communities.

 

The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) is a technologically advanced, responsive fire service that has around 62,000 callouts per year. There are almost 500 stations throughout New Zealand with around 1,700 career and 8,000+ volunteer firefighters, and over 500 support staff, who dedicate themselves to preventing fires and protecting the community in times of emergency. Our vision is to lead integrated fire and emergency services for a safer New Zealand.

 

With new legislation coming into effect, we are part of the biggest reform of fire and emergency services in 70 years. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) comes into effect 1st July. FENZ is the unification of urban and rural fire services bringing 626 operational units and over 14,000 firefighters and support staff together. Ensuring business continuity and effectiveness over this time is a critical component of our role in business services. Thriving within changing environment is a key attribute we are seeking.

 

Responsibilities include performing a wide range of administration tasks such as:

  • Office management - maintaining office and stationary supplies, organising inwards and outwards mail, filing, and responding to general enquiries etc.
  • Meeting management - room bookings, invitations, catering, travel, accommodation, agenda writing and minute taking etc.
  • Finance - banking, accounts payable and receivable etc.
  • Asset management - disposals, transfers, repairs and maintenance, contractor liaison, insurance claims etc.
  • Responding to Requests for Official Information

Other opportunities which may present themselves depending on your skills and experience are:

  • Diary and email management
  • Business writing – letters, business cases, project briefs, report writing etc.
  • Project coordination and administration
  • Finance reporting
  • Corporate communications – newsletters, intranet, key messaging etc.
  • Business process improvements

Specific skills we’re looking for include;

  • Knowledge of office procedures, systems and general administration functions
  • Top-notch computer literacy with full competency in the MS suite of applications
  • Superb communication skills - written, verbal and interpersonal

Specific attributes we’re looking for include;

  • Methodical, process driven with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong customer focus
  • Solution focused, positive “can do” attitude
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Ability to work autonomously whilst maintaining a collaborative working style
  • Able to embrace and participate in change initiatives 

So if you’re highly experienced or want room to grow, this unique opportunity may be right for you.

 

How to apply

For more information about this role please email louise.hunton@fire.org.nz


Send completed application form along with supporting documents to louise.hunton@fire.org.nz

 

Applications close on Monday, 27th February at 0900hrs

 


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