Credit: Sustainable Seas 2020

Posted on 05 January 2022

We’re hiring! Challenge Manager

Looking for an exciting opportunity to contribute to a critical environmental science challenge facing the nation? Then we’ve got a job for you.

  • Based at NIWA on Wellington's waterfront
  • Full-Time, Fixed Term until June 2024
  • Deadline for applications: 11:55pm, Friday 21 January

The role of Challenge Manager has an operations management focus, helping to drive the success of this important and ambitious undertaking by providing an interface for the different groups contributing to the Sustainable Seas Challenge. Your ability to communicate effectively with Māori and stakeholders the researchers and advisory group members to achieve desired outcomes will be critical. You will provide essential coordination, administration including contracting, reporting and documentation support for the Challenge Director, Manahautū, the Science Leadership Team, and the Challenge Governance Group Chair.

You will have a tertiary qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant area and a strong track record and credentials in project management. Previous success in working with key stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency context to deliver complex programmes will be an advantage as will be an interest or experience in marine science/sector. Your positive, constructive and collaborative approach will have resulted in strong professional networks and relationships which you can draw upon. Your willingness to roll up your sleeves and take on whatever is required to get the job done alongside others will stand you in good stead. A high energy level combined with excellent planning, organising and execution is required.

To apply and see the full listing, visit:

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