Deputy Chief Executive, Policy, Strategy and Partnerships (HG22_4212)

Whaikaha—Ministry of Disabled People (Whaikaha) is underpinned by Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitments under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) along with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In addition, the vision and principles of Enabling Good Lives (EGL), Whānau Ora, a firm commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi are foundational to how Whaikaha does its mahi.

Whaikaha is working in a tripartite approach partnering with disabled people and tāngata whaikaha Māori. Whaikaha are working with disabled people and their families so that their experiences can inform changes to the policies and practices which govern the disability sector and uphold the EGL vision and principles.

We are looking for a leader who has experience in the following areas: leadership/stewardship, policy, partnering alongside disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori and their families, and capacity and capability building. More information on these key areas can be found in the position description.

To undertake this role successfully the Deputy Chief Executive will be a disabled person, or have credibility and trust with disabled people, as well as empathy and a deep understanding of the unique and diverse experiences of disabled people.

As a senior member of the Whaikaha leadership team, the Deputy Chief Executive, Policy, Strategy and Partnerships 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, tangata whaikaha Māori and their families to work to transform the disability system both across the Ministry as a whole and within the Policy, Strategy and Partnership group.

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

If you think you are the right person for this role, please download the application pack.

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact: 
David Hughes
T (call or text): +64 021 286 4470

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

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 know.

Completed applications must be submitted by 13th November 2022 at 11:59pm. Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Anna Brownjohn

“I acknowledge and authorise that the information collected from me may be used for the selection process including disclosure to Better Outcomes Partnership and where any review of appointment is sought Better Outcomes Partnership is part of the tripartite arrangement with Whaikaha, tangata Whaikaha Māori and disabled people. They provide advice, guidance and support for Whaikaha.”   




Your application must include:

  • Completed HG Application Form
  • Cover letter addressed to the Principal Consultant
  • An up-to-date copy of your Curriculum Vitae
  • A written response. Please provide an example for each Requirements of the role on page 11 of the position description. This should detail projects, tasks or occasions where you have demonstrated each of the competencies.