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Deputy Regional Commissioner

Deputy Regional Commissioner

Deputy Regional Commissioner

Department of Corrections, Wellington

Closing Date : 14 Apr 2020

Vacancy Number: APA/1444397
Closing Date: 11:30pm, 14th April 2020
Location: Wellington 

Recruitment Contact: -

About the Job

  • Exciting senior leadership role• Opportunity to influence and drive change• Strong business management focus to role• Wellington location

Ara Poutama Aotearoa works to make New Zealand a better, safer place and to make a difference in people's lives. We have recently released Hōkai Rangi, our departmental strategy for the next five years. Hokai Rangi represents a significant shift in our thinking, recognising the current approach to care in custody and the community is not working for Māori and that significant change is required. This change is focussed on uplifting the oranga of people in our care and management, and their whānau, and we need you to help us to make this happen.

About the role | Mō te tūnga

Reporting into the Regional Commissioner - Lower North Region, the Deputy Regional Commissioner is a key leadership role that will undertake governance oversight on behalf of the Regional Commissioner across a number of critical business operational areas. The role will further oversee Ara Poutama Aotearoa's engagement and participation in joint Justice Sector governance initiatives within the region and other functions as directed by the Regional Commissioner. You will play a key role in taking Ara Poutama Aotearoa to the next stage of its development.

About you | Mōu

We welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate proven experience in a senior management role within a complex business operational environment, ideally within the public sector. You will be someone with the ability to think conceptually and make the big picture connections while remaining attuned to the everyday operational business issues.

With Hōkai Rangi as our key organisational strategy, there is a strong change focus to this role so you must be comfortable championing and role modelling change This presents an opportunity to shape the role and have visibility across all levels of the organisation, therefore you will present with a high level of business and financial acumen, the agility to evolve and enhance practice to ensure capability is raised and in doing so contribute to driving the region forward.

The successful appointee will demonstrate the proven skills and ability to think laterally in order to address complex business issues, and capability to establish strong relationships both internally and externally with critical stakeholders. Experience in working on cross agency initiatives is highly desirable. To this end, you will present with exemplary interpersonal skills that encourage commitment from others, and demonstrate personal drive, integrity, and commitment to the department as one organisation.

Ideally, you will have experience in working with Kaupapa Māori and a good knowledge of Te Reo.  The salary band for this position is $166,781 - $196,213. 

About us | Mō mātou

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel - one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

It is an exciting time 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.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at  

** Notice about COVID-19 **

We are part of the group of essential organisations that provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. During times of increased COVID-19 alert, our recruitment and onboarding processes will continue however will be changed to include increased health measures. We will work with candidates throughout the process to ensure safety and help stop the spread.

Applications close 14th April 2020.

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