Director, Innovation

Te Rau Ora

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options

About Te Rau Ora

Te Rau Ora is a national centre for Māori Health and Wellbeing in New Zealand. Our vision is a future where whānau are thriving, self-determined and well. We make it our mission to build towards a future Māori workforce that drives the design and delivery of health services in Aotearoa and improve Māori Health Outcomes. We are committed to being an organisation that has a culture driven by tikanga practise and is influenced by mātauranga māori. Te Rau Ora has a national reach with offices in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), Papaioea (Palmerston North), Pōneke (Wellington) and Ōtepoti (Dunedin).

About Innovations Group

The Innovations Group leads nationally focused programmes that foster Māori community and whānau led innovation and drive improvement in the delivery of services to whānau.

About the Role

This is an incredible opportunity to directly influence and pave the way for unlocking the potential and development of Māori led solutions and innovation. This newly created role will champion the building of the organisation's capacity and strategic position for Innovation that accelerates transformation within the health sector. The role will work with a number of experienced and committed innovation leads within the innovation directorate. This role is part of the Executive leadership team where you will work closely with the Chief Executive and other Directors to support the development and implementation of organisational strategies and the embedding of new tikanga informed operating model. You will be competent in not only building relationships, but to lead, support, influence and inspire the managers within your team to work closely together to develop an operational environment that will support the growth and development of people in the pursuit of oranga for our communities, while advancing innovation excellence. 

Success in this role will be measured by the Director's ability for this to build trust in the Māori Health sector, putting the Māori health workforce at the heart of the overall strategy and effectively navigating government relations while building relationships with key politicians. In a non-profit environment and exploring new mutually beneficial partnerships. The role requires proven experience and ability to advance growth and the diversification of revenue streams.

About You

The ideal candidate will be a strong and confident values-based leader, someone who brings deep experience and credibility in the Māori Health or Mātauranga Māori sector with a proven experience and understanding of different streams of funding and legislation. You will be able to bring people together toward a common goal and be a role model for collaboration and tikanga.

If you are a strategic leader, passionate about our kaupapa and ready to drive the development and growth of Māori-led solutions and innovation, we'd like to hear from you! The ideal candidate will bring:

  • A minimum of a master's degree in a relevant field. A PhD is highly desirable
  • Relevant experience as a health sector senior leader with an Te Ao Māori worldview, with a minimum of 10 years' experience in health service design and delivery
  • Proven experience in change management and service improvement 
  • Financial management experience including managing to budget
  • Conveys confidence and acts with generosity to support and recognise the contributions of others. A champion for whanaungatanga.
  • Capability to uphold tikanga and the kaupapa and vision of Te Rau Ora

Click here to view position description - Director, Māori Innovation

What the Role Offers

  • A great opportunity to work with driven, committed and passionate leaders
  • A great opportunity for a rangatira to enable and role model a tikanga based practise approach for this newly developed group
  • Lead the mission to shape and bring together the Innovation group and unlock its potential for growth utilising Māori led solutions
  • An opportunity to grow and develop the business in this area
  • Open to various locations + permanent full-time role

How to Apply!

If this sounds like your next career move, do not delay and apply today! You can apply for this vacancy by clicking on the "Interested? Apply here" button below or at the top and ensure to upload a current copy of your CV and cover letter. The best part is you can use any device such as mobile phone, tablet or a desktop to apply for this job.

Applications for this role close on Friday, 28 June 2024.

Please contact Mary Vosarogo at for any queries regarding the advertised vacancy.


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