Principal Adviser, Mental Health

Department of Corrections

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington

About the Job

  • Shape our mahi in this new full-time fixed term role (2 year contract)
  • Role based at our Wellington National Office with regular travel required
  • Starting from $110,091 up to $155,423 based on relevant skills & experience

'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.

Roopu Huora (Heath Services) at Ara Poutama Aotearoa lead the delivery of patient-focussed primary health care services to people within prisons across Aotearoa.  The Improving Mental Health Service (IMHS) are teams of contracted Mental Health Clinicians that provide mental health assessment, treatment and support for people presenting with mild to moderate mental health conditions across our 17 New Zealand prison sites and four community Corrections sites.  The Wrap Around Family/Whānau Support Service is to provide support to the families/whānau of people in our care who are engaged in the IMHS whilst in a prison or Community Correction setting.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Due to the expansion of our mental health services we are now recruiting for a Principal Adviser Mental Health to join on a two-year fixed-term contract.  Bringing your clinical expertise and service development experience to the role, you'll take a lead in the review and re-design of our current services in order to provide a comprehensive and integrative Improving Mental Health & Wrap Around Family/Whānau (IMHW) model of service delivery for people in our care, using Kaupapa Māori approaches.

Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction, clearly outlines the importance of good mental and physical health to achieving our outcomes of reducing re-offending.  If successful, you'll join a high-performing health led team who are dedicated and committed to developing and embedding a Kaupapa Māori based model of care into the heart of health services delivery.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates who can demonstrate strong alignment to our kaupapa and organisation values, as well as evidence and/or examples within your cover letter of how you meet the following lead requirements:

  • A registered health professional under the HPC Act;
  • Demonstrable clinical experience including in service development, quality improvement and assurance, service review and evaluation, and analysis and reporting;
  • Ability to operate effectively in a Māori cultural setting with a strong understanding of the Tiriti o Waitangi and its application within government agencies;
  • Experience with risk management systems in the health sector;
  • Strong stakeholder engagement skills including proven ability in developing and sustaining effective relationships across the health / justice sector;
  • An effective communicator both verbally and written, demonstrating clear and concise writing skills; and
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt behaviour to reflect diverse situations and people;

Tono ināianei | Apply now 

To apply, submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) that clearly describes your motivation for applying and that highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities that meet the essential criteria.  Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values.

Applications close 9pm on Monday 25 January 2021.  Interviews will take place at our National Office from the week commencing 8 February 2021.  This may include an assessment/presentation component as part of the selection process.

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


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