Wanted: A Social Intrapreneur for Council’s Southern Initiative

Change Agents wanted to execute The Southern Initiative

I was forwarded a link to this vacancy currently up at Auckland Council. It was to do with The Southern Initiative – one of the big two projects for Auckland under Auckland Plan (the City Centre was the other).

The vacancy read:

Social Intrapreneur – The Southern Initiative (TSI)

Are you keen to make a real difference to Auckland and its people?

Is transformational change where you want to take your career?

Join the team responsible for activating social and community innovation in South Auckland as part of The Southern Initiative. Building on the many strengths and assets of South Auckland, our goal is activate transformational social, economic, and physical change… to improve the quality of life, and increase business investment and employment opportunities, for the benefit of all South Aucklanders.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the team; we need a two talented Social Intrapreneurs/change makers to help us bring together and implement collaborative initiatives to enable positive change. Working with and influencing multiple stakeholders, you’ll be responsible for driving innovations that create positive significant social and economic impact.

This is not role for the faint-hearted; we’ve got a 30-year plan and want to start seeing results within the first five years. We must use our resources in new and innovative ways to deliver this transformation, so experience in community development, economic development, social innovation and change or related areas is highly desirable. You’ll be passionate about delivering success, and be an experienced change maker skilled at working within large organisations.

You will need to demonstrate seven-plus years of experience in overseeing and managing the delivery of multi-discipline programmes/multi-sector projects in a complex environment. Demonstrable collaboration and innovation experience, is required as you’ll need to build relationships and a common agenda across the council family – with iwi,  mataawaka , Pacific and ethnic leaders, community groups, as well as funders the private sector; tertiary and training providers and central government agencies to name but a few.

If this sounds like the challenge you’ve been looking for, apply now!

Applications for this role close Wednesday 29th July 2015 at 10.30pm


With the purpose being:

Purpose of position:
The overall purpose of The Southern Initiative (TSI) is to deliver a long-term programme of co-ordinated activity to enable transformational change through community and social innovation in South Auckland. TSI builds on the commitment of multiple sectors, including central government, local boards, iwi Maori, NGOs, business, philanthropy, Pasifika and other communities to enable social change in an area of high social need and significant economic opportunity. To achieve this, Auckland Council is working collaboratively with an extensive range of both internal and external stakeholders to deliver on the priorities and directives contained within the Auckland Plan.
An Intrapreneur is a change agent / entrepreneur who works in a large organisation to inject fresh thinking and agility. In the TSI there are three Social Intrapreneur positions. These positions are designed to enable and catalyse social and economic change in the priority areas identified in the Auckland Plan and TSI strategic documents.


You can read (and) apply for the job here: https://careers.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/jobdetails?ajid=LRuUi

Well this is certainly interesting that Council is asking for two if not three “Change Agents” after needing a new General Manager last year.

The Southern Initiative has certainly earned attention over the last four years and often not for positive glowing references either. The last post looking back at The Southern Initiative was only last month: City Transformational Project Fallen off the Rails #Auckland2016

But otherwise you can find other TSI posts here:

Investigation: Some Information of The Southern Initiative

Southern Initiative Interview on the All About Auckland Show is up

The Southern Initiative Back in the Media – Again

Annual Plan Passes, Bitter Debate on Southern Initiative Occurs

The Southern Initiative – Why it Needs Geographers

Southern Initiative and The Unitary Plan

And when I face my Hearing for the Unitary Plan in September The Southern Initiative will also be brought up as well.

But again I wonder what is seriously going on with The Southern Initiative after so many attempts. We know the following geographies within The Southern Initiative area:

I also know projects through organisations like Accelerating Auckland (bringing digital technology to kids in South Auckland), the news on AUT in Manukau (South Auckland – The CONTINUED Rising Jewel in Auckland’s Crown #BetterAuckland), and our next leaders coming through (Stars Shine Bright in Auckland’s Rising Jewel #BetterAuckland) are all happening and making South Auckland a better place.

But still the Council steering in trying to improve South Auckland per the six priorities and eight directives of The Southern Initiative seems to be continuing in being wanting at best and still not there at worst some three years after the Auckland Plan went operative.

Your thoughts so far.

While you are having a think about it check the job description of this one for the TSI posted last year against the one I posted at the top of the post:

Is it me or are these roles somewhat similar or going to be in major conflict of each other….