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Regional Commissioner Lower North

Regional Commissioner Lower North

Regional Commissioner Lower North

Department of Corrections

Closing Date : 05 May 2019

Vacancy Number: CSLNR10989
Location: Wellington
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As part of the Corrections Services leadership team, this role leads and manages the effective performance and delivery of all services to offenders within the Lower North Region with strong emphasis on the suite of Maori interventions supporting rehabilitation and reintegration.  Services are diverse and include Custodial, Community Probation, Health Services, Psychological Services, Programmes and Interventions, Offender Training, Education and Employment. 

Focused on our vision for an integrated service delivery approach to offender management and providing better outcomes for Maori in our care, this role will encapsulate both an operational overview coupled with active participation in strategic leadership.   Bringing global scale thinking to your work, you will engage collaboratively with other Regional Commissioners to attain national consistency and lead the implementation of new ways of providing services in the field.

This is a broad, fast paced role;

  • Leading a team of just under 2,500 across the Lower North Region (Wellington, Whanganui, New Plymouth, Gisborne and Palmerston North)
  • 13 Direct Reports
  • 5 sites with the highest number of kaupapa Māori facility units in the country
  • A budget of over $200 million
  • Significant Iwi partnerships with Mana Whenua across the region

This role requires someone who is agile in their approach, highly responsive and visible and who builds exceptionally strong relationships and partnerships with teams, community, iwi, hapu, judicial agencies and local authorities. 

Other key attributes for success are:

  • Inspirational and encouraging leader with a sense of purpose who builds strong culture and always ensures the safety and wellbeing of all staff
  • Effectiveness in operating in a Maori cultural setting, understanding complex issues relating to succeeding for Maori in our care and strengthening and enhancing cultural capability for the region
  • Resilience to manage internal and external demands for responsiveness, timeliness and accuracy
  • Critical thinking to address complex business issues
  • Strong written and verbal skills to respond publicly to issues facing the region
  • Adaptability to work in a constantly changing environment and effect change
  • Calm under pressure

We welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate proven experience in a senior strategic management role within a complex operational environment, coupled with excellent risk and financial management skills, innovation and someone who can make the big picture connections while remaining attuned to everyday operational issues.  Regular travel is required and where required nationally and internationally.

This is an exciting time to be joining the Department of Corrections as we embark on new pathways. Corrections works to make New Zealand a better, safer place and to make a difference in people’s lives. Corrections staff strive for excellence in all that we do. We are accountable and disciplined in our planning, courageous in our decision making and passionate in our belief that we can change lives.  Underpinning the way we work and support the people in our care are our core values: Manaaki – Respect, Whanau - Relationships, Kaitiaki - Guardianship, Wairua - Spirituality and Rangatira – Leadership.

The role will provide you with a challenging and diverse career as you work with dedicated people, both internally and externally, to bridge gaps, solve problems, making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders.  Corrections embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and celebrate the collective talent of all employees.


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