General Manager Psychology & Programmes / Chief Psychologist

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  • Category: Psychology, Counselling and Social Work
  • Location: Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara)
  • Date Advertised: 20-NOV-20
  • Job Reference: APA/1497544
  • Job Title: General Manager Psychology & Programmes / Chief Psychologist
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  • Summary:
  • Take a lead role in designing and delivering psychological services and interventions
  • Lead a passionate team focussed on improving outcomes for Māori
  • Strategic leadership opportunity

 Ara Poutama Aotearoa is committed to realising intergenerational, transformative change for the Corrections system. Bring your influence to this critical role.


Mō mātou | About us

Kōtahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi | There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of people.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa – The Department of Corrections is one of New Zealand’s largest government departments, employing around 10,000 staff, the majority of whom work with people in our care in our 18 correctional facilities or 151 Community Corrections sites across New Zealand. At its heart, the department is focussed on the pursuit of oranga – the wellbeing of people.

Our Hōkai Rangi strategy provides a clear direction of travel toward transformational change for Ara Poutama Aotearoa – one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, innovates to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 


Mō te tūnga | About the role

The DCE Māori business group plays a significant role in delivering on Hōkai Rangi and supporting transformation by:

  • Guiding the Department’s approach toward areas of greatest impact through the provision of strategic policy, robust insights and research;
  • Designing and supporting the delivery of world leading rehabilitation, training, education and reintegration services and pathways; and
  • Strengthening our relationships with Maori and other Government agencies to improve outcomes with and for Māori.

The GM Psychology and Programmes/Chief Psychologist leads a function of specialist teams that design and deliver psychological services to the people in our care. The GM has clinical responsibility for all rehabilitation programmes across the Department. They lead a forward focussed vision for the models of practice and care that uphold wellbeing for all people, and seek to weave a Te Ao Māori worldview, approaches and methodologies into our service design and delivery.  


Mōu | About you

You will be an innovative and high performing clinical practitioner with a depth of experience in a senior leadership role.  

A high standard of service excellence will characterise your approach, as will your open and accessible communication style. As a role model to staff and practitioners, you will set a strong vision for the future of practice for the Department and lead your four teams to deliver on this change. Keeping ahead of international trends and best practice, you will engage and develop your people to be world leading in the delivery of rehabilitative services.

You’ll be well networked, with the ability to build and manage strong relationships across the sector and in relevant professional bodies. You’ll be capable of identifying and influencing research and evaluation practices in the field and monitor delivery of these to realise positive outcomes for those in our care.

This role is well suited to someone who has a clear vision for the future of rehabilitative practice in Aotearoa. If you are driven, energetic and capable of managing a complex environment to deliver on meaningful change, you will thrive in this position.

Appointment will be based on skills and experience relevant to the role.  Applications for this role must be received by 9pm, 2nd December 2020.


Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success – we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values

There is a questionnaire to complete after you click ‘Submit’, this is a mandatory component.

It is an exciting time to join us and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

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