Chief Operating Officer, Lifewise (H23_4337)

Lifewise originally established from a humble wooden chapel in what is today central Auckland. Local Methodists worked tirelessly with those affected by the social issues of the day – poverty, unemployment, poor housing as well as educational and healthcare deprivation aiming for an inclusive caring society. Continuing from these strong roots 160 years later the spirit that underpinned their drive, endures to this day. The first service known as Helping Hand Mission, through to the Auckland Central Methodist Mission and later the Methodist Mission Northern, it is now known as Lifewise still holding that heritage of social justice and practical action, applying it to the challenges of today.

Recently Lifewise has changed its strategy from a helping hand charity to working alongside vulnerable and marginalised people empowering to make change and giving them the tools to change their life. Lifewise is making a difference by focusing on the underlying causes of social issues, rather than the consequences.

Lifewise partners with other organisations, parishes and communities to grow joint capacity in order to provide lasting solutions to social issues. In addition to the programmes and support given by Lifewise to individuals, families and communities, Lifewise is committed to supporting other community-based organisations that are developing their own ways to meet their social needs. This collaborative approach Lifewise sees as crucial to successfully restoring, enhancing and maintaining the social fabric of our communities and creating a better future for everyone.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) will lead the design and delivery of services and manage business operation to ensure Lifewise is delivering to its strategic objectives, working to budget and enhancing the credibility and reputation of Lifewise. The position is primarily inward looking with day-to-day business and services management, to enable the Chief Executive Officer’s position to be primarily outward-looking.

The successful candidate will likely have proven success leading complex, non-commercial operations, and solid experience as a general manager at a senior level. They will have a track record of building and maintaining a cohesive leadership team to achieve their potential and the organisation’s objectives. They will also have the financial acumen and contract management experience commensurate with seniority of the role.

The COO will need to have a strong understanding the position of Māori as the Tangata Whenua and a commitment to the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and to the application of the articles of Te Tiriti in the context of The Lifewise Trust.

The Application Process:

For a confidential discussion and to learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact:

David Hughes, National Manager, New Zealand HardyGroup


M: +64 (0)21 286 4470

Applications close: Friday 24th of March 2022