Team Leader City Development



  • Want to shape Nelson city and make it an even better place to live, work and play?
  • Lead a team of technical experts
  • Flexible work opportunity with a diverse workload


About the role

It’s an exciting time to work at Nelson City Council as the City continues to grow and thrive. This role provides day to day leadership and operational management of our small, professional City Development team. Our team undertakes strategic planning for future housing and business growth, tracks population growth, housing demand and capacity, works to increase housing capacity, and leads projects that focus on development and activation of Nelson City.


We’ve lots of interesting projects in housing, growth and city centre development, such as the Achilles Avenue and Rutherford Street Social and Affordable Housing Development and the implementation of the Nelson City Centre Spatial Plan - Te Ara ō Whakatū. This plan is an ambitious 30-year vision, which weaves together Council’s planning, housing and infrastructure work, and aims to transform our city centre into a people-focused place, full of green spaces, where more people live, businesses thrive, and visitors want to linger longer.


About you

You’ll be a natural leader with strong people skills and the ability to build solid relationships with a wide range of people. Your previous experience in housing, urban growth planning, and urban design/city activation will ensure you quickly become a trusted expert to our Senior Leadership Team and Council.


You’ll enjoy using your strong facilitation and presentation skills to effectively lead community engagement and other consultation processes so together we can make a real difference in the heart of Nelson city.


Excellent time management skills, political savviness, and the ability to connect with people on all levels, are essential.


What we offer

We offer flexible working options including the ability to work some time from home - so talk to us about the kind of arrangement you’re looking for. We also offer a competitive salary, generous leave provisions, a variety of interesting work and ongoing personal and professional development in an inclusive and supportive environment.


If you want to make Nelson city an even better place to live, work and play, apply now!


This is a full-time, permanent role with a salary range of $107,000-$118,700.


About us

"Working together to make Nelson an even better place"


Nelson City Council is an organisation filled with supportive people who are passionate about this beautiful city of ours. Nelson offers an enviable lifestyle and is located in close proximity to three national parks. We have amazing weather, a stunning natural environment to play in, and there’s always something going on in the City. Whether it be major events or just a general buzz in town, it’s a great place for all ages.


If you're excited by the prospect of leading the City Development Team, we’d love to hear from you!


Applications close: midnight on Monday 2 October 2023.


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For more information, contact Michelle Joubert, Acting Manager City Development, on or 03 546 0282.