Māori Relationship Manager

Ministry of Social Development

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Northland
Māori Relationship Manager – Te Tai Tokerau 
Full Time, Fixed Term for 2 years 

Reference: 33509 

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.     

Reporting into the Regional Commissioner for Northland, this newly established position will ensure we are effectively partnering with local iwi and building our organisational capability to help bring our strategies ‘Te Pae Tawhiti’ and ‘Te Pae Tata’ to life. 

There are three key strategic shifts we want to achieve: 

• Key shift 1: Mana Manaaki: we nurture our relationships 

• Key shift 2: Kotahitanga: Partnering for greater impact - we will form genuine partnerships with whānau, hapū and iwi

• Key shift 3: Kia Takatū Tātou: Supporting long term social and economic development – particularly Māori economic and social development. 

While we have identified objectives that will help us to realise these key shifts, we know that we have more work to do and will need to build our organisational capability and continue to engage whānau, hapū and iwi. The Māori Relationship Manager role helps create pathways to effective engagement and better outcomes. In this role you will: 

  • Build key relationships, networks and influence partnering agreements with iwi in the region
  • Engage in key forums with iwi and support other regional MSD staff at those events with relationship management
  • Provide advice to other senior managers about how to engage and influence with regards to opportunities, risks and emerging issues
  • Engage and exchange with iwi to work co-operatively with them on initiatives of mutual benefit 
  • Identify and promote opportunities for better engagement in cross-agency initiatives.
About you

You understand the dynamics of whānau, hapū and iwi relationships, Te Reo and tikanga, and have the ability to build relationships inside and outside of Māoridom. You are influential, a confident communicator and a builder of strong relationships formed on integrity and trust. Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and connect with the broader leadership team are paramount. You understand Northland Iwi and government dynamics and can mediate the two to find workable, effective solutions. 

The successful candidate will need to be truly people-centric. That means you can connect with empathy and credibility, and be able to influence at a senior leadership level. To do this you are well versed in tikanga and competent in te reo me ona tikanga of Te Tai Tokerau. You will also have held senior relationship management roles, be ready to make the next step to a senior executive level role, and be well versed in project management, programme management, and other general management disciplines. 

This role is predominantly based in Whangārei, however the ability to frequently travel around Northland is required.  

We offer
  • Supportive, inclusive environment
  • Career development and supervision
  • The opportunity to make a tangible difference
  • Competitive remuneration and benefits
  • An opportunity to serve Māori whānau, communities and New Zealanders every day.
How to apply

Please apply online with your current CV. No need to upload a cover letter, instead answer these questions in your online application form:

  1. What experience do you have engaging with Iwi at a leadership level? 
  2. What are your strengths that make you a suitable candidate for this role? 
  3. What relationships do you currently hold with Northland Iwi? 

If you currently work for MSD please apply through your myHR careers portal at work. 

For a further discussion about the role contact Annika Taylor (EA to Regional Commissioner) on (09) 983 9142. 

Applications close: Friday 10th July 2020 at 10.00pm 

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 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. Contact jobs@msd.govt.nz (only applications made online will be accepted).

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