Principal Advisor, Organisational Development

Date: 10 Jul 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 expect 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 Principal Advisor, Organisational Development you will lead the development and implementation of diverse and inclusive organisational development strategies, frameworks and tools that are aligned to the needs of Whaikaha and our kaimahi. 

You will support the Manager, Organisational Development to embed a productive and engaging culture at Whaikaha through your involvement in key organisational development initiatives such as:

•    Establishing our leadership development plan 
•    Mapping out how to take forward our employee engagement approach and people surveys  
•    Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
•    Organisational values


This is a hands-on role suitable for someone who enjoys the doing as well as the planning and leading side of Organisational Development. 

Ko wai koe | About You:

You will be an experienced organisational development professional who has experience working across several different organisational development disciplines, including leadership development. 

Your experience leading projects from analysis right through to implementation will set you up for success in this role. 

Your strong communication and relationship management skills mean that you are comfortable presenting to and engaging with people from a wide range of backgrounds, including at the most senior leadership levels. 

To be successful in this role, 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. Principal Advisor Organisational Development position description.

Salary range: $107,135.00 - $158,643.00


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: 

Please click the 'Apply' button to submit your 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 23 July 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.