Executive Assistant

Date: 25 Jan 2024

Location: Wellington, 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.



Executive Assistant - Wellington or Auckland


Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About the Role: 

As the Executive Assistant, you will support the Group Manager and their teams to provide high quality executive support. 


You will be responsible for providing effective and highly confidential executive support to the Group Manager including diary, email and document management, managing the flow of information, and coordination of key people projects. You will play a key role across the team, connecting with the team to understand the priorities and share information. 


This role will give you the opportunity to get involved in some of the exciting projects the group is working on and you will work closely with administrative team across Whaikaha to create and embed consistent administrative practices across the organisation.  




Ko wai koe | About You: 

You will be an experienced Executive Assistant with a passion for projects. Your previous roles would have seen you provided support to Managers, including managing budgetary and project related work.


Your ability to managing complex relationships, both internally and externally and will see you already working collaboratively with others across your organisation. 


You will have demonstrated the ability to perform duties with absolute confidentiality, political savviness, initiative, and have good judgement and problem-solving skills.


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. 


Position Description

A copy of the job description can be found here. Executive Assistant position description.

Salary range: [$68,880.00 - $83,003.00]


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: Thursday the 22nd 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.