Regional Commissioner

at Social Development
Published February 14, 2024
Location Wairoa, New Zealand
Category Admin and Clerical  
Job Type Full-time  
$170,000 – $253,000 per year


Regional Commissioner for Social Development Ministry of Social Development location Hawkes Bay. $170,000 – $253,000 per year.

About us the Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent. We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations. Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.

Regional Commissioner for Social Development, East Coast Region. East Coast region (based in Napier). Permanent, Full Time. Seek out the distant horizons, while cherishing those achievements at hand. Helping mokopuna, tamariki, rangatahi, whānau, families and communities is at the centre of what we do. The Ministry of Social Development works to contribute positively to the wellbeing of people today and into the future.

From the services we deliver to the policy advice we give; we strive to keep improving so we can help each generation of New Zealanders build the capabilities they need to contribute positively to society.  We are a trusted and proactive organisation, connecting clients to the support and services that are right for them, with a focus on achieving equitable outcomes for marginalised population groups.

We pride ourselves in partnering with Community, Māori and others to collectively grow talent within our region. The East Coast region extends as far north to Potaka and moving southward takes in the city of Gisborne, the rural township of Wairoa, the Bay Cities of Napier and Hastings, with Takapau in the south.

Our region has a significant Māori population with approximately 52% of the Gisborne/East Coast and approximately 27% of the greater Hawke's Bay population being of Māori descent. Runanga are located in Ruatoria and Gisborne. Taiwhenua are located in Hastings, Napier, Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay.

MSD is a public sector partner across both Hawkes Bay and Tairāwhiti regions, and maintains an active role in implementing regional strategies and action plans as a member of –  Matariki Hawkes Bay, Tairāwhiti Economic Action Plan, Manaaki Tairāwhiti, Wairoa Community Partnership Group, Central Hawkes Bay Community Reference Group, and Regional Public Service Leads, among others.

As a Regional Commissioner you will provide leadership of your people to support New Zealanders with employment, housing, social wellbeing and income support. Partner with iwi to support their aspirations. Work with partners to identify priorities, challenges and opportunities and enable solutions to improve the lives of the whānau we serve.

Understand and address fundamental barriers to long term social and economic wellbeing. Put our knowledge to work – contribute to a whole of government solution to uncover future realities and opportunities for our people by sharing our knowledge.

Identify and respond to changes and trends in regional employment and economic outcomes in order to future proof our workforce and support industry led solutions to current and future labour demands. Proactively work with partners to support local emergency or social impacts that require a welfare/recovery response .

Requirements proven ability to drive strategic and operational performance across a large and complex team. Natural ability to use information and data to support you to implement strategy, influence change, and maintain a high-performance culture.

You will have, or can build, credibility within Iwi, Hapū, Community, and other government agencies, enabling effective partnerships and engagement. You will have proven expertise in creating an environment that fosters growth and development.

This is a busy and challenging leadership role and includes participation in a collegial leadership team committed to supporting people to deliver quality services. This role requires exceptional relationship management skills to work with a wide range of stakeholders. Salary range: $170,001.00 - $253,001.00

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