About Wellington Regional Leadership Committee

Are you looking for an opportunity to help shape the future success of our region? Be in at the forefront of this unique opportunity to establish a function that supports the new regional partnership committee in regional spatial planning, economic development and recovery.

Four roles will be available: Programme Director; Programme Manager, Programme Coordinator, and a Communications and Stakeholder Adviser.

We are now looking for an exceptional Programme Director to lead this team. This is an opportunity to shape the work of the region, drive towards outcomes and influence a wide range of government and non-government agencies. In this role you will be working closely with mayors/chair, ministers, mana whenua members, chief executives and senior managers across both central and local government and iwi.

Guiding and shaping the future of the region

The Wellington Regional Leadership Committee (WRLC) brings together key leaders across Wellington region, including mayors from each of the Wellington Region’s local authorities and Horowhenua District Council, mana whenua partners, and Central Government ministers. As a new regional Joint Committee, the WRLC has three interdependent areas of responsibility: regional spatial planning (Wellington Regional Growth Framework), regional economic development, and regional recovery. With delegated authority to approve and implement key regional strategies, this collaborative partnership provides a unique and significant opportunity to shape our region’s future.

WRLC need a capable and forward-looking Secretariat team for an initial three-year term to support them and help ensure the best decisions are outcomes are achieved.

The Secretariat will provide independent advice to the Committee on behalf of its members. It will manage the Committee’s work programme and set the agenda in partnership with the WRLC’s Independent Chair and Local Government Chief Executives’ forum. The Secretariat will support the Committee to make decisions on key issues relating to future urban development, regional economic development and recovery. This includes developing and shaping advice, building alignment across the member organisations, and managing a programme of implementation projects. Ultimately, the Secretariat team ensures the WRLC has the perspective, expertise, connected relationships, and advice to make informed decisions which enable the region to grow sustainably. We are looking for exceptional people for these roles who want to make a real difference.

Opportunities and progression – With exposure to all local government and iwi entities across Wellington region, as well as key Ministers and Central Government agencies, these roles provide a unique opportunity to shape and determine Wellington’s future path – how we move, what opportunities develop and how we recover from the pandemic’s challenges and more! You’ll be challenged to develop and apply new solutions to hard problems, while benefitting from opportunities to learn, develop key skills and understand what can be achieved through a truly collaborative approach.

Autonomy of the Secretariat – As a Secretariat team, you’ll be able to guide and shape regionally impactful decisions and the information or connections that sit behind them. All the Committee members will have an interest in and commitment to ensuring the Secretariat’s success – so you’ll have multiple teams behind you. As the administrative authority for the WRLC, Greater Wellington Regional Council will ensure you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

Duration – These will be fixed term positions for an initial period of three years.

Location – You’ll mostly work from member organisations’ offices, with your home base being Greater Wellington Regional Council’s new Cuba Street offices in the heart of the city.

For more information on these roles or to apply, click on the links below.

We are seeking applications for the Programme Director role. You are encouraged to get in touch with Kirsty Clarke, Senior Client Manager – Government & Policy at or 027 222 8488 for a confidential conversation about this role and WRLC.

You can also register your interest in the other 3 roles. These will be advertised in due course.

We welcome applications from the public and private sectors and see diversity in background and experience as a positive. We are committed to working in an inclusive way.