We currently have three vacancies:

Senior portfolio manager
  • Lead significant, national-level improvement programmes
  • Complex topics
  • Team management
  • Wellington or Auckland-based.

Quality and safety programmes will mean fewer people harmed and improved safety and experience of care. Following a recent strategic review and now looking ahead, the organisation will focus on four key areas – improving consumer experience, improved health equity, reducing harm, and reducing unwarranted variation in patterns of care. To facilitate this, two hubs have been identified and will be developed – the Intelligence Hub (shining the light) and the Improvement Hub (a helping hand). The Commission is expanding its focus to include primary care, aged residential care and mental health and addiction services.

The senior portfolio manager will be responsible for leading a number of programmes to improve patient safety and quality services. You will work in partnership with the health and disability sector to develop and implement plans. You will also focus on contributing to strategic planning to support the future sustainability of programmes and the development of the improvement and intelligence Hubs.

To be successful in this rewarding position, you will be an experienced programme/portfolio manager, having led national programmes, with superb relationship management skills. You will be highly analytical and also think and act strategically. You will be focused on quality and process improvement and have a can-do attitude. Applicants who have a current or previous clinical background will be given priority.

This is an outstanding position in which to make a tangible difference to people’s lives and their wellbeing.

The recruitment of this role is being managed by JacksonStone & Partners. Please contact Simon Boyes on 04 550 8000 for further information.

To apply, please follow this link:
Applications close Wednesday 31 May, 2017.
Ref. 44477


Senior communications practitioner

The Commission is seeking a senior communications practitioner to assist in the development and implementation of a communications strategy and plan for a new national programme.
This role is a part-time contracted position of approximately two days a week until the end of September 2017.

The person we are seeking will be:

  • highly proficient in oral and written communications including editing for publication
  • computer literate (Advanced MS Word)
  • a people person and a team player.

With experience in:

  • government and health sector communications
  • developing and implementing communications strategies, stakeholder analysis, risk identification and mitigation
  • extensive stakeholder engagement in Government and non-government sectors
  • media management.

Duties for this position include:

  • identify key stakeholder groups
  • development and assist with implementation of the Communication Strategy and Plan
  • work with the Mental Health and Addiction Team leadership to gather the relevant literature and documentation to inform the communications strategy and plan.
  • media management

The role will report to the Director of Communications and work with the Mental Health and Addiction Team.
There will be a requirement to attend the Auckland or Wellington office for face to face meetings from time to time.

Please email a proposal to undertake this work to Lisa Clyde at hr@hqsc.govt.nz, detailing your relevant experience, why you believe you would be suitable for this role, any conflicts of interest you may have, your hourly rate, confirmation of your availability until the end of September, and when you could start.


Manager, Mental Health & Addiction Improvement Programme
  • Strategic, national role
  • System wide improvement and innovation
  • Results through collaboration and partnership

The Commission leads and coordinates work across the health and disability system (both private and public) to improve service safety and quality and therefore outcomes for all who use these services in New Zealand.

In response to community and sector concerns, the Commission has been mandated by District Health Boards, Government and the Ministry of Health to develop and implement a five-year national mental health and addiction improvement programme.

The role of manager for the National Mental Health and Addiction Improvement Programme has been created to:

  • lead and facilitate the development and implementation of the programme
  • grow and maintain effective relationships to ensure the programme is aligned to consumer, sector, Commission and government priorities
  • focus on building sector capability, leadership and networks to ensure the future sustainability of improvement work
  • ensure the programme has a robust evaluation

The person will demonstrate:

  • proven leadership experience at a senior level in the mental health and addiction sector, including DHB experience
  • knowledge and experience of implementing national system change through quality improvement and/or transformational change projects
  • exceptional relationship management and interpersonal skills
  • proven track record of achieving results through collaboration and partnerships


Last updated 25/05/2017