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General Manager Te Kāhui Kāhu

Date:  03-Aug-2022

Wellington, NZ


About us

The Ministry of Social Development is a people-centred organisation. We’re in communities across the motu, working with partners to help New Zealanders be safe, strong and independent.
We provide social policy and advice to government and assistance, including income, employment and housing support to people of all ages, families, whānau and communities.
As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner we are committed to supporting and enabling Māori, whānau, hapū, Iwi and communities to realise their own potential and aspirations.
Our people are as diverse as the communities we serve. 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 are.



General Manager Te Kāhui Kāhu


•    Unique opportunity
•    Professional accreditation services
•    Wellington based




Te Kāhui Kāhu is an independent government business unit providing Social Service Accreditation across the social sector.  As a nation-wide team, they provide Government and communities with the independent assurance that social sector providers have the capacity to deliver safe, quality services to all New Zealanders, with a focus on Māori.




Te Kāhui Kāhu has its own Board, charges for its services and is hosted within the Ministry of Social Development. 




As General Manager you will provide strategic leadership ensuring Te Kāhui Kāhu delivers professional and robust accreditation services across 2,000 social service providers/organisations.  Key to this success will be your proven experience at leading and maintaining a high-performance staff culture and drive to succeed.  




Key responsibility areas:



•    Setting the strategic direction and compelling vision of the organisation.  Included is building Te Ao Māori capability, underpinned by Te Tiriti o Waitangi
•    Ensuring the organisation is responsive to Iwi and Māori providers, thereby building better partnerships with Māori
•    Ensuring that the organisation adapts to future opportunities in the social service landscape 
•    Collaborating across the social and community sector, providing insights across the sector, and focussing on improved outcomes for New Zealanders, with a focus on Māori.
•    Ensuring the organisation is financial sustainable and seeks out new growth opportunities 
•    Leading the design and development of relevant and future focused operating models
•    Demonstrating a ‘one team’ approach with your leadership team and providing clear direction and behaviours that align to the vision and values of the organisation
•    Ensuring staff have learning and development strategies and plans and a people centric culture is in place



As a proven senior manager with experience leading highly effective teams and a background collaborating across diverse groups of stakeholders, this is an exciting and rewarding time to join our team.  Your knowledge and experience within the public sector, not for profit and NGO sectors will be key to your success.  

Salary range: $166,001.00 - $249,001.00






How to apply


To apply, click the 'Apply Now' button to upload your CV, cover letter and complete the online application form.  


Note: Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the key responsibilities listed in the position description. 


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Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Closing date:  25 August 2022






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 a Treaty partner 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.


MSD has a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires employees to be fully vaccinated prior to 1 September 2022. From 1 September 2022 MSD's policy will be to encourage, but not require, employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and its variants unless the role is identified as requiring vaccination at the time.