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Director Mental Health & Addiction Sector Leadership


This employer is an independent Crown entity with the objective to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for people in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Commission is a system leader, monitor and advocate.


They are committed to being grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and enabling a system that achieves better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for Māori. They are also deeply committed to people who have experienced mental distress, people who have experienced addictions (or both), and the persons (including family and Whānau) who support them.

The Director, Mental Health & Addiction Sector Leadership leads the monitoring, provision of advice and promotion of improved mental health and addiction services. The development and implementation of the He Ara Āwhina Mental Health and Addiction Service Monitoring Framework provides a framework for this work. The Director leads relationships across the mental health and addictions sector at all levels, including with NGOs, lived experience organisations, senior Ministry officials, and health sector leaders.

The Director is a member of the Leadership Team with responsibility for collective leadership of the Commission in partnership with the Director Māori Health. The Director works closely with Commission staff and Board to ensure they achieve their strategic goals.

As the ideal candidate, you will be a system leader with extensive experience in mental health and addiction service management in a senior strategic management role that gives you a high level of credibility, influence, and respect in the sector. You will have a deep knowledge of applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori, and a Te Ao Māori world view to monitoring and improving services.  You will also be comfortable presenting to a range of audiences and have highly sophisticated verbal and written communication skills.

You will have substantive experience working with tāngata whaiora/people with lived experience and whānau and a proven ability to negotiate with internal and external stakeholders to create positive outcomes. You will also have a level of intellectual prowess and demonstrated track record of public reporting that allows you to establish a process of monitoring and advocacy at a national level. You will have a minimum of master’s level qualification in a relevant discipline.

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April 2, 2024

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