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Auckland, NZ

Head of Government Relations & Community Engagement - New Zealand - FWWC23

If you are a seasoned event professional interested in a once-in-a-lifetime job in the sports industry, this is your chance. We are looking for someone to lead and strengthen the Government Relations and Community Engagement New Zealnd team in charge of organising the biggest women’s sporting event in the world: the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023™.


To ensure the successful operational delivery of the ninth edition of this competition, we have set up a local events team. Its aim is to improve the experience of over 1.1 billion people watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, by delivering innovative solutions across all operational areas.


We are currently looking to recruit our

Head of Government Relations and Community Engagement – New Zealand


Job responsibilities

As the Head of Government Relations and Community Engagement – New Zealand, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will be responsible for the collaborative relationship between stakeholders in in order to deliver key responsibilities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and all related events.

Under the guidance of the Chief Operating Officer and relevant FIFA Heads of departments, you will build a team within the Central and Local Government Stakeholder Relations sub-division to ensure that all signatories of the Host City Agreements deliver their responsibilities in the planning and delivery of the tournament. You will also ensure that the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and host community legacies are highly successful.

As Head of Government Relations and Community Engagement, you will be required to work alongside host cities to develop and deliver innovative and effective community engagement programs to build excitement within and amongst the community, and ensure that host cities deliver their event obligations in the most sustainable and accessible means possible.

You will build strong operational stakeholder relationships with NZ Football (NZF), the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), host cities and associated groups to support the wider objectives of FIFA and the FIFA Entity. As a key member of the Senior Management team, you should be able to harness your team’s motivation and channel it towards staging a highly successful FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.


Job duties

Your role as the Head of Government Relations and Community Engagement – New Zealand includes the following responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of a cross-program stakeholder management strategy that considers all plans for all core delivery partners, including host cities and government agencies
  • Manage and nurture central/local government and associated stakeholder relationships to ensure the delivery of all Hosting obligations, commitments and tournament-related programs
  • Act as the Entity’s central point of contact for host cities, MBIE, Sport NZ and other government agencies ensuring proactive sharing of information between these groups and the FIFA Entity and FIFA Zurich, as appropriate
  • Provide thoughtful leadership to the Entity’s approach to stakeholder management and community engagement, leading periodic refinement of the stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Support the successful implementation of the strategy for the operation and activation of city activities such as city theming, fan engagement activities, city transport plans and city volunteer programs, collaborating with FIFA Commercial, Services and Volunteers
  • Strategize with all key stakeholders, ensuring open and transparent communication is adopted and information is shared proactively as necessary
  • Develop measures by which the value and effectiveness of stakeholder engagement can be assessed and reported against as and when required
  • Collaborate with the NZ Football CEO and other senior executives to ensure seamless information sharing
  • As required, escalate any government relations activities relevant to NZ Football’s stake in all Host Country Agreements and wider central government relations
  • Proactively take part in the overall risk management strategy, identifying and managing all risks.


Qualifications & experience

You should be someone who is politically astute, possessing a good understanding of and experience with the workings of central and local government processes and procedures. You will have a proven track record of working with Cities, in communities and alongside government agencies on projects of a similar scale, scope and complexity.

You must possess the legal entitlement to work in New Zealand.



This position requires a leader who is a natural communicator with the ability to secure ‘buy in’ from a wide range of stakeholders, building, maintaining and leveraging relationships with credibility at all levels. You will be able to make key decisions for the business through critical problem-solving skills and the use of sound judgement, while leading and motivating a team. It is important that you take an inclusive approach and are able to motivate others towards a common purpose. The demands of the job mean you must be highly resilient and organised, as well as able to manage conflict and communicate clearly.


What we offer

Working at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 is more than a job; it is a calling to create a better world through the power of football.

As part of the FIFA family, you will be working with highly motivated colleagues within a dynamic and diverse team. Employment is offered until Q4 2023.


How to apply

If you think you would be a good fit and are keen to work for an exciting and truly international organisation, we would love to hear from you. To apply, you should submit your application in English (motivation letter, CV, diplomas and reference letters) through our online application portal. Please only submit your applications through the portal, we cannot review applications submitted by email or post. Applicants will be required to provide proof of right to work within the host countries.


Closing Date: 9th May 2021