Manager Design and Implementation, Māori Pathways

Department of Corrections

  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Wellington

Vacancy Number:  APA/1467171
Closing Date: 5pm, 5th July 2020
Location: Wellington

Recruitment Contact: -

About the Job

Rare and exciting opportunity!  Lead the way!

‘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.'

Hōkai Rangi is the Department's organisational strategy for the next 5 years. It recognises and builds on the good work we are already doing, however, it also looks to find new and alternative ways to achieve better outcomes for the people in our care and their whanau which will result in reduced reoffending. 

  • Wellington location – Fixed term contract until 30 June 2022
  • Salary range of $151,619 - $214,050
  • Take the lead – shape and grow your team

Mō te tūnga | About the role 

The Māori Pathway - Manager Design and Implementation role will lead the design and transformation of two regions – Te Tai Tokerau and Hawke's Bay. It is an initiative to work across three agencies (Ara Poutama Aotearoa, Te Puni Kōkiri and Ministry for Social Development) with mana whenua, our partners, service providers, nga tāne and their whanau, to create a very different system and services so that nga tāne and their whānau thrive.

We are taking a human centred design approach to our thinking and ensuring that all of our design is done through collaboration and co-design because we recognise that people know their lives best and should play an active role in the decisions that shape their lives.  It's about bringing together those most impacted by our system and services and learning and implementing what would work for them.

Experience in Service Design is advantageous but not imperative.

You have an excellent level of business awareness and commercial acumen with the ability to continuously create wow moments. You would pride yourself on your organisational, time management and prioritisation skills and you are not afraid to get stuck in and roll your sleeves up!

Mōu | About you 

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Excellent understanding of kaupapa māori (values, culture and tikanga) applying tikanga values to work processes and outcome
  • Able to converse in Te Reo Māori, is a preference but we will consider all applicants.
  • Strong leadership
  • Comfortable in Te Aō Māori environment and applying tikanga values to work processes and outcomes
  • Courageous in breaking new ground and prepared to lead and drive the initiative

 Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

 You will have the following key skills to support your application:

  • Proven successful team leadership experience with proven success in encouraging teamwork and co-operation across teams
  • Ability to use persuasive, influencing and conflict management skills to resolve critical issues in high visibility forums, and advocate for successful change
  • Strong ability to analyse a broad range of information from multiple sources to ensure quality design of operational changes
  • Leadership and experience in human centred co-design and significant business transformation
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers and manage stakeholder relationships
  • Extensive working knowledge of a broad range of processes related to the operation of the public sector and government
  • Ability to think and work strategically whilst maintaining an attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication

Applications close on 5th July 2020 at 5pm. Please note those interested in a secondment opportunity need the support of your line manager to progress to interview. It would be encouraged for you to have this conversation with your manager before applying.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, submit your tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for wanting to join Ara Poutama and highlighting your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.  

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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