General Manager Strategy and Policy

  • Report to the Chief Executive as part of the ELT
  • Key leadership opportunity in a unique setting

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) prides itself on being a flexible, adaptable and change-ready organisation. QLDC has a current focus on future planning, and, in preparing for reform, recognises the need to deeply understand the future role of local government. Accordingly, QLDC has created the brand new role of General Manager Strategy and Policy to help support and lead the organisation, communities and elected members into the next phase.
The General Manager Strategy and Policy has a key role to play in the identification and elevation of opportunities based on strategy and policy. The appointee will lead strategic development and planning for the Council as a whole and be responsible for strategic planning and operational delivery across the teams/areas of Policy; Growth Management; Economic Development; Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience; Strategic Advice – Māori; and Reforms Programme Management.
You will be an experienced senior leader and people manager with a background in local government and a track record of strategy and policy development, advice and analysis. You’ll also be accomplished in setting the direction for long-term and annual planning processes and in developing and implementing monitoring & evaluation and outcomes frameworks.   You will be customer-focused, creative and innovative in your thinking, have sound judgement and be known for your strong engagement and partnering skills, including with iwi. Your highly-developed intellect supported by your pragmatism to be able to introduce new thinking and effect significant, long-term on-the -ground change will further contribute to your success in the role.
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a high-performing team at an unprecedented time of growth and opportunity. Employing approximately 400 FTE staff in what is indisputably one of the most stunning locations in the country, Queenstown Lakes District Council is at the very heart of a dynamic community. Its services are essential to the people in the region and include infrastructure development, community recreational facilities and planning, building and other regulatory services.
Supported by a fast-growing, entrepreneurial economy, the Queenstown Lakes District is an environment that will take your breath away. Outstanding schools and high standards of living, coupled with endless outdoor pursuits and cultural opportunities make the Queenstown Lakes District the perfect place for anyone seeking space and opportunity.
Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may only apply for this role if you have the right to work in New Zealand. For information about New Zealand work or residence visas, please visit 
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday, 25 May 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or David Hollander on 04 550 8000

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