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Our current vacancies are listed below. Click the + next to the role title for further information about the role, a position description and information about how to apply. 


  • Director of communications (closes 5pm, Sunday 18 April 2021)

    Full time | Wellington-based | Permanent position

    Ngākau tuwhera | Open
    Te tāpiri uara | Adding value
    Whakahohe | Energising
    Mō te iwi | It's about people
    Kotahitanga | Together

    The Health Quality & Safety Commission, established in November 2010, leads and coordinates work across the health and disability system to improve service safety, quality and outcomes. The Commission is a Crown Entity with a Board responsible to the Minister of Health.

    The Commission is currently searching for an experienced and innovative director of communications to facilitate the development and implementation of strategic leadership and communications for the organisation. Reporting directly to the chief executive, you will lead a high-performing team to achieve the Commission’s strategic priorities.

    To be successful in this role, you will have:

    • previous experience in strategic communications development and delivery in a complex and politically sensitive environment
    • excellent people management skills with a background of leading, supporting and inspiring a team
    • excellent stakeholder engagement skills that allow you to engage and advise senior leadership and crucial stakeholders effectively on communications best practice in a highly visible environment
    • experience working within and embracing the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and a te ao Māori approach
    • a background of championing and leading an organisation’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
    • a desire to innovate, leveraging your knowledge of key communications interventions, media management, channels, publications and web management
    • political acumen, and the proven ability to build relationships with people at all levels from different backgrounds
    • experience working within the wider health sector an advantage
    • a tertiary qualification in communications or a related discipline.

    This is a rare and exciting position where you can make a real difference for all New Zealanders. The Commission celebrates inclusion and diversity in all areas of culture and is proud to have achieved Rainbow Tick certification. Read more about our vision and values.

    If you believe you have the skills, passion and drive to take this role to the next level then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    To apply, please email your CV and cover letter (outlining your transferrable skills) to quoting the reference number 3102674. For further information in strict confidence, please contact Ian Kennedy (021 298 7657) or Bernadette Sharkey-Burns (021 0238 9733).

    Applications close on Sunday 18 April 2021.

  • Senior communications advisor (closes 5pm, Wednesday 28 April 2021)

    Full-time | Fixed term until 30 June 2022 | Wellington-based

    Ngākau tuwhera | Open
    Te tāpiri uara | Adding value
    Whakahohe | Energising
    Mō te iwi | It's about people
    Kotahitanga | Together

    The Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) is seeking a senior communications advisor to join our communications and events team. You will split your time between two programmes – mental health and addiction quality improvement and advance care planning.

    You will lead the stakeholder and communications work for the two programmes, working closely with both teams. This will include developing and implementing communications and engagement strategies, media management, drafting articles, ensuring webpages relating to the programmes are up to date, developing resources and managing campaigns.

    You will be joining a small but extremely busy (and fun!) Wellington-based communications team.

    We are looking for someone who:

    • can work with minimal supervision
    • is a social media whizz, with strong experience in the use of social media as part of an overall communications strategy
    • proactively takes the lead on new projects, develops work plans and considers new and innovative ways to do things
    • can foresee and identify obstacles, and proactively find ways to overcome them, alerting other parties as required
    • can plan and prioritise well, and deliver tasks to a high standard and on time
    • can manage relationships and balance the different demands and priorities of both programmes
    • can support the use of plain English and the Commission’s communications standards
    • has a good understanding of the Crown’s responsibilities to Māori under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and of current health, social and economic issues for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand
    • has experience working with Māori and Pacific media
    • has at least three years’ experience in a communications role at an intermediate level
    • has demonstrated ability to think clearly and with good judgement about communication issues.

    This is an exciting and fast-moving position in an organisation with a big work programme and a strong commitment to improving health quality and safety.

    The Commission has a strong focus on Māori health advancement and reducing inequity, and the successful candidate will contribute to these goals.

    We celebrate inclusion and diversity in all areas of culture and are proud to have the Rainbow Tick certification. Read more about our vision and values

    We welcome applications from people with a lived experience of mental health issues and/or addiction.

    For further information contact Lizzie Price on 027 695 7744 and to apply for the role, please upload your completed application form, cover letter and CV using the application form on our website.

    Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 28 April 2021.

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Last updated 13/04/2021