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Director Radiation Safety

Ministry of Health
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Director Radiation Safety


The Ministry of Health is the Government's principal advisor on health and disability policy.  Our job is to protect the health of New Zealanders and, through leadership of the health and disability system, we help New Zealanders to live well, stay well and get well.  We work with the health and disability sector to manage a programme of work that supports the Government's priorities.


We're looking for a Director Radiation Safety to join us!  This is a key role and established as a result of the Radiation Safety Act 2016.


As Director Radiation Safety, you'll be responsible for key statutory responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • grant, renew, vary or cancel authorisations (ie, use licences, source licences and  import/export consents)

  • maintain a register of controlled radiation sources

  • issue, amend, revoke or review Codes of Practice

  • appoint enforcement officers and international inspectors

  • approve the issue of compliance orders by enforcement officers

  • ensure there is a radiation response plan and contribute to the emergency plans of other agencies as appropriate

  • seize radiation sources

  • declare radiation emergencies

  • managing the expert advisors.


The Director will also be responsible for the Office of Radiation Safety managed functions including the Ministry's spent source store, oversight of NZ's radiological environmental monitoring programme, and will provide a whole of government resource regarding ionising radiation.


In addition, you'll provide operational management including staff management, budgeting and contract management; and strategic leadership including planning, stakeholder relationship management, and representing New Zealand internationally.


To be successful ideally you would have a relevant professional qualification e.g. radiology or physics, and significant knowledge of regulatory environments.  You'll be a highly skilled leader who fosters a culture of safety and security amongst our ionising radiation safety community. You will have experience in developing and driving change and improvement initiatives, and a collaborative and inclusive style.  You'll be skilled at thinking broadly, making strategic decisions and presenting recommendations and navigating a large, complex sector.


This is a big role, and one that is not for the faint-hearted.  If you think you've got what we're looking for, we want to hear from you! Apply via the Ministry of Health Careers Site where you can upload your CV and cover letter, outlining your background and your interest in the role. 


To view a position description for the role please visit the Ministry of Health Careers Site. For further information on this position please contact Sarah Perry – or on (04) 816 3332.


The Ministry of Health is committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures. All staff – regardless of gender, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or ethical beliefs, political opinion or union affiliation – have access to equal employment opportunities. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workforce and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements.   


This role can be Wellington or Christchurch based.


Applications close Monday 4 June 2018.

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