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Position Title: Senior Communications Advisor (Dunedin, Invercargill or Queenstown)
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/per week)
Date Posted: 25/10/2019
Application Closing Date: 10/11/2019 11PM
Job #: 059971
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Senior Communications Advisor

Dunedin (Wakari), Invercargill or Queenstown

  • Make a difference to patients and the community in the rewarding health sector
  • Manage communications on a range of issues and initiatives
  • Utilise your skills across a diverse range of media and channels


As Senior Communications Advisor at the Southern District Health Board, you’ll help keep the community and health care teams informed through an exciting period of change in the Southern health system. Bring your media, and communication and engagement skills to a role that is challenging, rewarding – and always fascinating! 

About the Team

The Southern health system is changing, and the Southern DHB Communications Team is in the midst of this activity, playing a pivotal role in communicating our direction and services to our communities. You’ll be supported by our other communications advisors and designer, as well as our many clinical, management and administration colleagues across the organisation. You’ll also work closely with teams transforming the health system, like the Community Health Council, Health Promotions teams and those working on the New Dunedin Hospital, Primary and Community Care Strategy, Southern Future and Valuing Patients’ Time programmes of work.

About the Role 

As Senior Communications Advisor, you will be responsible for providing trusted communications advice and expertise to support a range of organisational initiatives and issues.

The main focus areas of your role will be (but are not limited to):

  • Planning, overseeing and implementing communications with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Implementing communications strategies across a range of channels; online (internal and external), print, external media, websites, social media
  • Participating in promotion and engagement activities, including workshops, roadshows and meetings.
  • Building positive working relationships with key media agencies, and facilitating their queries on a range of issues
  • Contributing to the strong values-based internal culture of the Southern DHB
  • Continually improving communications systems and channels.

About You

We are looking for a positive, pro-active and motivated individual to step into this varied and busy role. You will ideally bring the following skills and experience with you:

  • Extensive experience within a communications, media, marketing or public relations field
  • Very strong writing skills, and the commitment to produce accurate and high quality communications and work to a deadline
  • Resilience, judgement and the ability to pick up new ideas
  • A can-do attitude and commitment to continuous improvement
  • A team player with a strong focus on internal and external ‘customers’ and the ability to build strong working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Photography and/or video skills while not essential would definitely be beneficial
  • A relevant tertiary qualification.

It goes without saying that you will also need to be an excellent communicator with the ability to successfully get your ideas across in both the written and spoken form. You’ll enjoy being at the frontline in a sometimes pressured and often ambiguous environment.

If you think you have the skills we need and are looking for an opportunity to shine in the communications space we would love to hear from you!

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to over 320,000 people. We take pride in the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our population. Our customers – patients, staff and communities - are at the heart of everything we do, and projects from reshaping primary and community care to the building the new Dunedin Hospital all aim to improve the care we provide. 

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it’s surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.  Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Closing Date:  Sunday 10th November 2019

For further information please contact Samantha Cunningham, Recruitment Advisor – Corporate and Women’s & Children’s Directorates Email:


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