Director, Enabling Good Lives MidCentral

Date: 8 Feb 2024

Location: Manawatu / Wanganui, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development


Ko wai mātou | About Us:

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People has a unique mandate of having responsibility to steward change across Government, while commissioning disability support services, as well as transforming how these services are delivered.


Disabled people expected to have greater choice and control over the supports and services they receive to lead their best life. We are committed to this by strengthening relationships and working in partnership with disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori, Pacific disabled people and their whānau.


Whaikaha presents an exciting opportunity to make a real difference. The call for “Nothing about us, without us” is an integral part of our operation.



Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About the Role:

As the Director of Mana Whaikaha, Enabling Good Lives MidCentral, you will lead the EGL team, orchestrating efforts to enhance outcomes for Disabled People, Tāngata Whaikaha Māori and their whānau. This role offers a unique opportunity to undertake a leadership position, expanding the local implementation of the Enabling Good Lives approach to extend its reach for Disabled People, Tāngata Whaikaha Māori and their whānau.


Your directive will encompass providing strategic direction and leadership across the Mana Whaikaha team and leading initiatives aimed at transforming the disability support system. You will play a pivotal role in overseeing the day-to-day management of the MidCentral disability support budget.


This role is located in Palmerston North and is a 12 month fixed term role. To find out more about the Enabling Good Lives approach please visit


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Ko wai koe | About You:


You will be an experienced people leader and previously worked in a complex and diverse organisation. You will be experienced and confident in leading and developing teams to provide a positive, timely and high-quality experience for Disabled People and the disability sector. 


Your significant experience providing strategic oversight and high-quality advice will ensure you are comfortable working alongside the GM of EGL to lead the strategic direction of the Mid Central team. 


You will be experienced overseeing budgeting and financial requirements and your strong relationship management skills will showcase your previous experience working in partnership with a governance group at a strategic level and at a cross government level.


You will have demonstrated understanding and commitment to the Enabling Good Lives approach and how to apply this to support disabled people to achieve the outcomes that are important to them. You will also understand Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons, and the Rights of the Child. 


To undertake this role successfully, you will be a disabled person or be able to establish credibility and trust with the disability community, as well as having empathy and an understanding of the unique and diverse experiences of disabled people. 

Mō Te Tono, Mō Te Tirotiro Tātai Tūranga | Apply or View the Position Description:

A copy of the position description can be found here Director, Enabling Good Lives MidCentral

Salary range: $142,530 - $210,966


Tono Mai | We encourage you to apply:

Joining Whaikaha means being part of a whānau that celebrates the diversity that each individual brings. Currently, just over 40% of our people identify as disabled people and we want this number to grow. 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 really are. We are committed to the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all levels of our work.



Me He Pātai Anō | Further Enquiries:

We encourage you to talk to us about any support you need. We want you to present this information in a way that plays to your strengths. For example, you may prefer to use video instead of traditional CV and cover letter. You might want whānau or a friend to tell us about you or use social media or a PowerPoint presentation. Let's kōrero about what you need to feel supported in your application.


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Te Tono | Application: 

If you work for Whaikaha - Please apply through the myHR portal. You can do this by clicking the ‘Apply’ button to complete the online application form and upload your CV and cover letter. This will ensure that your employee profile is visible as an internal candidate.



Ka Kati Ngā Tono | Applications Close: Tuesday 27 February 2024. 

Whaikaha has adopted the Ministry of Social Development's (host agency) COVID-19 vaccination policy.  This policy applies to all Whaikaha employees and encourages, but does not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants, unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.