Regional Director – East Coast Region

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    6 months ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Hawkes Bay
  • Date Advertised: 03-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: NZ/1509664
  • Job Title: Regional Director – East Coast Region
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Regional Director – East Coast Region


Ministry of Social Development Permanent


•    Senior Operational and People Leadership

•    Drive exceptional performance in a customer centric environment

•    Permanent, full-time opportunity 


We have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding people-leader to become our Regional Director for the East Coast Region. 

Our geographical area 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 45% of the Gisborne/East Coast and approximately 23% 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. 


Our region’s population is approximately 210,000 people and we provide service to approximately 49,000 clients subject to seasonal fluctuation. Our client base is predominantly Māori. Of our registered jobseekers for example, Māori make up 56% of our clients. 

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. 


Our mahi is underpinned by three key shifts: 

Mana manaaki – A positive experience every time

Kotahitanga – Partnering for greater impact

Kia takatū tātou – Champion long-term social and economic development.

As the Regional Director, you will lead and be accountable for eight Work and Income sites and staff across the wider East Coast area.    

Reporting to the East Coast Regional Commissioner you will:


  • Understand the needs of Māori and Pacifica with drive to get the best for our people
  • Be committed to leading our teams to achieve equitable outcomes for Māori, Pacifica and people who experience ill health and disability
  • Lead and drive performance across the region, including the successful implementation of Ministry initiatives
  • Create a welcoming and positive environment for whānau and employees, where we look after each other – Manaakitanga, and provide a fantastic service to our whānau 
  • Champion sustainable employment outcomes, initiatives and practices – and then take time out to celebrate successes – Whakanui
  • Provide guidance, support and training to develop the leadership capability in your teams
  • Support established relationships – Whakawhanaungatanga, with social service agencies, employers, community groups and industry/providers to ensure we’re tied and delivering an integrated service
  • Strive for continuous improvement, always linking our teams back to the ‘why’ we do things -Hononga and aiming for operational excellence.


You’ll demonstrate the following skills and experience:  

  • A commitment to Māori, Pacifica 
  • A desire to support people who experience ill health and disability into employment
  • An understanding of the Government’s obligation to Māori as the treaty partner    
  • Using strategic thinking, planning and analysis to drive good decision making
  • Leadership, management and planning of integrated service delivery operations
  • Management experience of senior people across distributed areas
  • Stakeholder management of diverse groups
  • Working and collaborating with community/industry groups
  • Understanding and navigating the complexities of public sector issues.


We offer:  

  • A cohesive, passionate and diverse leadership team
  • Competitive remuneration package with ongoing professional development
  • The chance to make a significant, positive impact for the wider East Coast Region.

Key recruitment process information


Applications close: Thursday 11th February 2021 at 11pm.  A current CV and cover letter are expected with all applications.      


Key business information


Current MSD employees; it is important that you please apply through your myHR careers portal at work, so that your application is recognised as a current employee.


For any further discussion about the role, contact Polly Heke, Executive Assistant on 06 974 8207.


Joining us


Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.


If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.