General Manager, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Māori


  • Full Time
  • Wellington

At Barnardos our mission is to support and empower families, communities and society to make Aotearoa the best place to be a child. Through our work, more children are safe from physical and emotional harm, participate in learning and are valued and respected in our communities.

To achieve our mission the Barnardos approach to Māori development and wellbeing is reflected through our  Ngā Pou E Whā strategy. Ngā Pou E Whā is an approach that seeks to: 

  • Create a solid platform of community-based relationships and engagement with whānau, hapu and iwi
  • Improve outcomes by focusing on Māori aspirations, and on opportunities and innovative ways to accelerate organisational development and capability
  • Position Barnardos to be an enabler and a trusted partner, empowering Māori choices and equitable outcomes in an environment in which Māori thrive

As the General Manager, Kaitohutohu Mātanga Māori your leadership and relationship skills will help us deliver to Ngā Pou E Whā. You’ll play a key role in building Barnardos’ capability to work with Māori, helping our people work in culturally responsive ways with children and whānau. At a national level you will have meaningful input into the development of tools and programmes, cultural competence and confidence, supporting our services to ensure the needs of Māori are reflected, embedded, culturally responsive and inclusive. 

You’ll have a background in establishing and developing strong partnerships, including well developed networks within Māori and wider communities. 

We’d like to hear from you if you have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification in social work, education or related disciplines
  • Proven senior leadership experience
  • Extensive experience in the social service sector
  • Fluency in Te Reo
  • Confidence in te reo me ona tikanga Māori
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Te Ao Māori
  • Experience in the implementation of Māori models of practice
  • Experience in a similar influencing role developing people and/or services to provide culturally competent services to tamariki, rangatahi and whānau

If you are passionate about improving outcomes for children and families and have the skills and experience to help us, we welcome your application. While this position is envisaged to be full time, those who are seeking flexibility are welcome to apply.

For over 60 years Barnardos has been shaping brighter futures together with children and families in Aotearoa. Our mahi across social services, early learning and advocacy for children’s rights and wellbeing means we're there for the whole childhood journey, and beyond.

Every day, we’re making a positive, long-lasting difference to children's lives.

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Applications will close on 19 April 2021.

For more information email Mike Munnelly, Chief Executive



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