Deputy Chief Executive-Commissioning, Design and Delivery. Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People (H23_4446)

About the Role

The Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) Commissioning, Design and Delivery is responsible for both commissioning and directly delivering a range of supports to Tāngata Whaikaha Māori, disabled people and their whanau. This is an exciting role to lead new innovative approaches to commissioning and designing of policies and processes in partnership to support the way disabled people and Tāngata Whaikaha Māori wish to live their lives.

As a senior member of the Whaikaha leadership team, the DCE Commissioning, Design and Delivery has a shared responsibility and focus to develop and drive the Ministry’s strategy, to ensure that the different parts of the Ministry work effectively together, comply with all relevant legislation and regulations, and to contribute to the Ministry’s achievement of high levels of overall performance. They will need to work closely with the Chief Executive and in partnership with disabled people, Tāngata Whaikaha Māori, and their families to work to transform the disability system.

About You

We are looking for a leader who has an extensive public sector leadership background, and a proven and successful record of large-scale operational service delivery in the social sector. They will likely bring sound knowledge of the Government’s disability direction and policy priorities, along with extensive technical and professional experience and knowledge of disability. More information on these key areas can be found in the position description.

To undertake this role successfully the DCE Commissioning, Design and Delivery will be a disabled person, have lived experience of disability through whānau 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.

About Us

Whaikaha, the Ministry of Disabled People is underpinned by Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitments under Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) along with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In addition, the vision and principles of Enabling Good Lives (EGL) are essential to how the Ministry does its mahi. Whaikaha is working in a tripartite approach with disabled people and Tāngata Whaikaha Māori so that their experiences can inform changes to the policies and practices which govern the disability sector and uphold the EGL vision and principles.

Whaikaha believes in a diverse and inclusive Ministry which reflects the communities that they serve.

How to Apply

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact:

  • David Hughes

T (call or text): +64 021 286 4470



  • Paul Ingle

T: (call or text): + 64 21 0291 8623


HardyGroup is working in partnership with the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) to ensure the recruitment process is accessible.

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We are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone so if you require any support or assistance that would facilitate your participation in this process, please let David or Paul know.

Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday the 26th of June 2023. Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Jane Mather: or via the Hardygroup website, click on apply button to the right of this advert.