Workforce Lead – Waikeria Mental Health & Addiction Service

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract
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  • Location: Waikato
  • Date Advertised: 30-OCT-19
  • Job Reference: NZ/CORR-020
  • Job Title: Workforce Lead – Waikeria Mental Health & Addiction Service
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Workforce Lead – Waikeria Mental Health & Addiction Service


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


  • Hamilton (preferred) or Wellington location – Fixed term Contract until February 2022 (starting February 2020)
  • Salary range –  $110,091 to $155,423
  • High profile and fast paced project work


In June 2018, the Minister of Corrections announced that the Government would build a world leading high security replacement prison at Waikeria, to be opened in 2022.  This will include a 100 bed mental health and addiction service – the first of its kind in New Zealand. The Waikeria Mental Health and Addiction Service Project is leading the development of the Māori model of care for this service and will take a person–centred and whānau ora approach, enabling the holistic wellbeing of whānau and their communities.  The development of the model of care is being undertaken in partnership with Ara Poutama Aotearoa, mana whenua, and the Waikato District Health Board (DHB).


The Workforce lead is responsible for the overall plan for the workforce that will operationalise the Waikeria Mental Health & Addiction Service (WMHAS).  This responsibility includes the development of a workforce resource plan, recruitment and training plans, and supporting operational readiness activities to deliver on these plans. The Workforce Lead will develop strong relationships with key project partners (mana whenua, Waikato DHB, Ministry of Health and Ara Poutama Aotearoa staff at national, regional and site) to ensure the workforce is developed in an integrated and innovative manner, and leverage off existing plans and recruitment opportunities. The Workforce Lead will also be responsible for identifying training needs for existing staff, and to work closely with training and education providers and regional change manager(s)/leads to ensure that workforce changes are communicated in a timely and joined up way.


As a knowledgeable workforce lead, you will have experience developing innovative workforce plans and solutions. You will have a strong understanding of tikanga Māori, and established relationships with Māori and the health sector in the central region. You pride yourself on your organisational, time management and prioritisation skills and you are not afraid to get stuck in and roll your sleeves up!


You will also have the following key skills to support your application:


  • Proven experience in building innovative workforce models.
  • Excellent relationship skills with a strong ability to influence positively.
  • Experience and understanding of Te Ao Māori and understanding of Ara Poutama Aotearoa.
  • Experience in communicating large scale operational change to a diverse workforce.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers, stakeholders including Iwi Māori, and enhancing relationships at senior levels.
  • Understands and is committed to operational design and delivery which delivers for, and demonstrates sensitivity towards, Māori, Pacifica Peoples and other cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to advocate for and deliver successful change.
  • Experience in successfully developing workforce budgets and roster models.
  • Experience in working with specialist and professional workforces.
  • Experience in working in a project team environment.
  • Experience working in health and or a correctional setting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills delivering communications in plain English which are clear, concise and logical.
  • Ability to think critically and work strategically with excellent attention to detail.