Deputy Chief Executive-Corporate Services, Whaikaha | Ministry of Disabled People (H23 _4438)

About the Role

The Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) Corporate Services is responsible for a range of enabling functions to support groups across Whaikaha to thrive.

We are looking for a leader who has an extensive public sector leadership background, and a thorough, politically astute working knowledge of the machinery of government and public sector processes and systems. Ideally, candidates will have proven expertise leading highly skilled senior management and professional teams providing organisation-wide services, and be skilled in strategy, planning, and financial management and analysis.

About You

As a senior member of the Whaikaha leadership team, the DCE Corporate 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 both across the Ministry as a whole and within the Corporate Services group.

To undertake this role successfully the Deputy Chief Executive-Corporate Services 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 Monday the 26th June 2023. Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Jane Mather: