Regional Commissioner for Southern Region

Ministry of Social Development

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Canterbury

About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. We care about the wellbeing and success of our people and provide a supportive and inclusive working environment where people can thrive and be who they are.

Regional Commissioner for Southern Region

Permanent, Full Time

Ko te pae tawhiti Whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata Whakamaua kia tina.
Seek out the distant horizons, while cherishing those achievements at hand.
Helping mokopuna, tamariki, rangatahi, whānau, families and communities is at the centre of what we do. 

The Ministry of Social Development works to contribute positively to the wellbeing of people today and into the future. From the services we deliver to the policy advice we give, we strive to keep improving so we can help each generation of New Zealanders build the capabilities they need to contribute positively to, and thrive in our society.  

The Southern Region covers a diverse area of the country, encompassing approximately 80,000 square kms across South Canterbury, Otago and Southland. 

Our region’s population has approximately 390,0000 people and we provide service to approximately 22,000 clients subject to seasonal fluctuation. Our client base is approximately 9% Māori, however Māori make up 18% of our registered jobseekers. 

We are a trusted and proactive organisation, connecting clients to the support and services that are right for them, with a focus on achieving equitable outcomes for marginalised population groups. We pride ourselves in partnering with Community, Māori and others to collectively grow talent within our region.

MSD are a public sector partner across both the Lower South Island region and maintain an active role in implementing regional strategies and action plans to support various community groups and Iwi’s and works alongside Regional Public Service Leads among others.

As a Regional Commissioner you will:

  • Partner with iwi to support their aspirations
  • Work with partners to identify priorities, challenges and opportunities and enable solutions to improve the lives of the whānau we serve
  • Understand and address fundamental barriers to long term social and economic wellbeing
  • Put our knowledge to work – contribute to a whole of government solution to uncover future realities and opportunities for our people by sharing our knowledge
  • Identify and respond to changes and trends in regional employment and economic outcomes in order to future proof our workforce and support industry led solutions to current and future labour demands 
  • Provide leadership of your people to support New Zealanders with employment, housing and income support
  • Be the regional leader of a team comprise of 234 staff across 10 sites

Position Description

How to apply

To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  

Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description. 

All applications must be made online.  If this is not possible or if you have any queries, please contact us at

Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.

Closing date: Thursday 21 October 2021

Joining us

Joining MSD means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity each individual represents.  We show manaaki, we care about the wellbeing and success of people and want everyone to thrive, and be who they are in a supportive and inclusive working environment. We work together to make a difference for communities while doing the right thing with integrity. We are a Treaty partner committed to strengthening relationships with Māori, Hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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