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Manager Community Wellbeing

Ministry of Health
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Job Description

  • Great time to join the Ministry in this newly created role
  • Be part of making a difference for New Zealanders
  • Wellington based


Our main clients are Ministers and Cabinet. We provide high quality health advice to inform the decisions they make on behalf of the Government.


The role of Manager Community Wellbeing is a new role that reports to the Group Manager Family and Community Health Policy.  You will be responsible for developing, leading and implementing various programmes of work across the System Strategy and Policy directorate as well as cross agency project teams on joint work programmes. You will lead the development of policy advice on a range of cross cutting issues, including housing and homelessness, poverty, social welfare and the social determinants of health. You will work with other agencies to provide advice on improving outcomes for vulnerable populations using all levers available to government and the community.


You'll bring a thorough understanding of public policy issues and settings and have demonstrated success in leading complex policy pieces in a dynamic environment -  you know what excellent policy advice looks like.


At times you will lead virtual teams across the Ministry and sector, including policy, operational and clinical stakeholders. You'll understand the machinery of government and know how to collaborate to get things done.


As a highly collaborative policy professional who can see the benefits of strong policy advice using data analysis and research to evidence advice. You bring with you a strong ability to take complex information and make it relevant across a range of audiences.


You'll be an inclusive people leader with an inclusive working style. You build your team, leading through others and developing policy talent.  Proving clear direction for your teams ensuring equity issues and our obligations to the Treaty of Waitangi are at the forefront of our thinking and advice. Previous successful experience in collaborating and brokering with other agency and sector stakeholders to achieved desired outcomes is required. Experience working with Māori on policy, service design, engagement or governance is highly desirable.


The Ministry of Health is the kaitiaki of the health and disability system in New Zealand.  We are responsible for providing active stewardship and leadership across the nations health and disability system.  We ensure the system provides people with the highest levels of care, regardless of who they are or where they live. 


We have embarked on a transformational change programme which is creating some exciting career opportunities.  If you would like to contribute to the important work that we do, please join us.


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Advertising for this role closes on midnight 21 October 2019.


We encourage diversity and inclusion at the Ministry of Health and are committed to equal opportunity in all our employment policies and procedures.  In particular, we want to ensure accessibility needs are well supported, so the recruitment process is fair and equitable for all.  Therefore, please let us know if there is any support we can provide to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible to you.  You can contact us at if you would like to discuss any accessibility needs you may have

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