Associate Director of Midwifery

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Otago
  • Date Advertised: 07-DEC-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/064624A
  • Job Title: Associate Director of Midwifery
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Dunedin or Southland Hospital

  • Permanent, full-time Senior Midwifery opportunity
  • Make your mark – champion change in this pivotal position
  • Be based in either Dunedin or Invercargill

Start 2021 as our new Associate Director of Midwifery!

Here at the Southern DHB, we have our sights firmly set on the needs of our community – with a continuous goal to improve patient centred care, we are on the lookout for someone to inspire, support and embrace change within an environment of continuous transformation. That someone could be you!

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

About the team

Reporting to the Director of Midwifery, this role will see you interfacing with the tertiary and secondary maternity units at Dunedin and Southland Hospitals, working in conjunction with Charge Midwife Managers (CMMs), Clinical Directors, Service Managers and external stakeholders to provide quality service delivery for women and their babies. You will be working operationally to develop a high performing team who embody our organisational values of Kind – Manaakitanga – Open – Pono – Positive – Whaiwhakaaro – Community – Whanaungatanga.

About the role

Acting as second in charge to the Director of Midwifery, this role is positioned to focus on the safe delivery of midwifery and maternity care and operational services within the maternity units at Dunedin and Southland Hospital by:

  • Communicating and role modelling the Southern DHB vision, mission and values
  • Supporting the philosophy and practice of an organisational wide systems approach to service and operational processes ensuring an environment which puts the patient/client first
  • Supporting performance excellence and quality improvement aligned to Southern DHB’s quality framework, fostering excellence in quality midwifery standards and practice, performance and professional conduct
  • Providing effective resource management of workforce, capacity and financial resources in consultation with Analysts and Human Resources
  • Analysing and reporting on performance, providing comment and developing risk mitigating strategies on issues that threaten to impact on the performance of the service
  • Ensuring internal service structures, practices and controls to monitor and manage resource utilisation, risk, quality and compliance are in place and are active
  • Leading and facilitating focus groups/projects that advance issues and strategies of service/organisational priority
  • Fostering a culture of innovation and strategic thinking

This really is a unique opportunity to help set us up for the future as we continue to transform the models of care and services we provide to our diverse communities. We care about fostering your leadership potential and provide excellent support and opportunities for professional development. You will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with organisational development to guide our teams through innovation and enrichment initiatives.

You can be based in either Dunedin or Invercargill and travel between these two sites is essential.

About you

Contributing to the success of this role will be your proven leadership capability – with an innate ability to motivate those around you, create a positive environment, to clinically engage and effect change where and when required. You’ll foster a culture of innovation and strategic thinking; you’ll know how to ‘get things done’; you’ll have proven experience in building effective teams, developing direct reports and most important is your ability to demonstrate what we call ‘managerial courage’.

Our successful candidate will demonstrate significant operational knowledge within Midwifery and sound leadership experience at a senior level; hold registration with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and hold, or be actively working towards, a relevant Masters qualification. We are looking for someone who can complement the strategic leadership provided by the Director of Midwifery and be able to hit the ground running with day-to-day operations.

Consider what’s on offer!

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Thursday, 17 January 2021.

Candidates please note that as this is a pivotal role, we may interview as applications are received and withdraw advertising at any time so please do not delay in applying! For further information, please contact Tara Hobbs, Recruitment Advisor – Women’s and Children’s Health Directorate. Phone: (03) 470 9357 or Email:

Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position potentially having contact with children, and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: