Regional Relationship Managers - various locations

Ministry of Social Development

  • Permanent
  • Multiple Location Options

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 Relationship Managers - various locations

  • Two permanent positions:
  • 1 – Waikato (Up to South Auckland)
  • 1 - Wellington
  • Exciting opportunities to engage and support communities

We are seeking energetic Regional Relationship Managers with a can-do attitude and who are passionate about working amongst our community and social service providers to join our Social Service Contracting team. These roles report to the National Relationship Manager.

You will be responsible for coordinating, engaging and managing key partnerships and relationships for the Contracting Services and Management team and key stakeholders such as Non-Government Community organisations, Kaupapa Māori and Iwi providers, Pacific organisations and other key social sector service providers that are funded by MSD.

These are fast-paced positions in an achievement focused workplace. We are looking people to lead relationships with a portfolio of social service providers in a way that is consistent with the Ministry’s strategic direction, and that contributes to helping New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent.  Functions within this role include:

  • Develop, implement and execute a regional strategic partnership and relationship management plan for Service and Contract Management team with a Social Sector Commissioning view.
  • Building key relationships and networks while influencing partnering agreements with key agencies and providers in collaboration with the sector.
  • Enhancing provider and community capacity and capability to work towards their aspirations, by responding to priority needs and improving outcomes of Social Sector Commissioning.
  • Strategically influencing and managing relationships with key internal and external stakeholders for the betterment of communities and whanau.
  • Identifying and influencing enhancements to services and enabling the ministry and stakeholders to work within the Social Sector Commissioning principles

Skills and experiences

To be successful you will be a talented communicator with a proven track record of cultivating strong relationships as well as being passionate in influencing effective outcomes for Social Services within the community. 

A significant part of your role will be building long-term relationships with key government and non-government stakeholders as well as internal Ministry staff. This means our ideal candidate needs to be an effective communicator who has extensive experience in engaging with our various stakeholders and is comfortable operating at a senior level. An understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural issues and concerns, in particular, knowledge of tikanga Māori, and Pacific peoples’ culture is key.

There will be a requirement for some travel.

Salary range: $94,834 - $115,908

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:  24 January 2022

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.

MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated. 

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