Prison Director – Manawatū Prison

Ara Poutama o Aotearoa

  • Manawatū-Whanganui

Vacancy Number: APA/1566250
Closing Date: 4th October 2021
Location: Manawatu/Whanganui 

Recruitment Contact: 

About the Job

Prison Director – Manawatū Prison

  • Permanent position
  • Senior leadership opportunity
  • Play a key role in delivering to the Hōkai Rangi Strategy
  • Drive and lead best practice

‘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.'

As an organisation we are committed to providing an approach for the people we manage that recognises the complex and entwined histories of severe trauma, mental health issues, substance abuse, unhealthy relationships and poverty that have often contributed to their offending. 

About the role | Mō te tūnga

The primary purpose of the Prison Director is to ensure optimal delivery of all prison related services and continuous improvement initiatives whilst balancing care, security, health, education and rehabilitation imperatives for the people we manage.

This role is responsible for the leadership of all day to day operational functions and the pro-active identification and management of risk across all facets of the operation to promote the safety of all people we manage.

The development of effective relationships with both internal and external stakeholders is key for success, with an emphasis on teamwork and co-operation between all parties. The journey of a person we manage does not stop at the prison gates so a focus on ensuring they can reach their potential on release is also a key aspect of the Director's role, in conjunction with Community Corrections leaders, iwi and other partners. 

About you | Mōu

By demonstrating visible leadership in all aspects of your role, you will have the courage, passion and determination to deliver outstanding results, raising the bar for quality practice.  Having a deep understanding, appreciation for, and genuine interest in the issues the men we manage face, is essential for success.

As a key member of the Regional Leadership Team, reporting to the Regional Commissioner, you will need to demonstrate significant experience at a senior level with exemplary relationship skills as you will be in partnership with agencies and other key stakeholders to ensure optimum results.  

We would like to hear from you if you are an experienced senior leader with the following:

  • Proven capability at both a strategic and operational level.
  • Exceptional communication and relationship skills with an ability to influence outcomes
  • A focus on lifting cultural capability, driving innovation & continuous improvement initiatives
  • An in-depth understanding of the factors impacting on rehabilitation & reintegration for people who have committed offences.
  • The commitment to develop a strong leadership team dedicated to achieving outcomes & displaying our core values
  • A high level of understanding and anticipation of political and reputational risk
  • An in-depth knowledge of risk management processes and compliance requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively within Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Hurihuri and display core skills (Te Reo, Tikanga, and an understanding of the Tiriti o Waitangi)

Please ensure your CV and cover letter address the key competences and responsibilities of the role.   A copy of the position description is attached with further detail.  All applications must be submitted online before the closing date of Monday 27th September 2021. 

About us | Mō mātou

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us 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

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