The Ministry for Social Development has a purpose; “to help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent”. A commitment made to Kiwi's and brought to life by Kiwi's.
This purpose is certainly not a small one and not one that can be achieved overnight. However, MSD is comprised of a group of innovative, driven and focused individuals working to make that positive impact on real lives. Focused on bringing the highest level of expertise and knowledge, juxtaposed with an understanding of what communities need, this is a team with an investment in making a difference.
To enhance this team further, MSD has asked Johnny Gowland and Bernadette Sharkey-Burns to assist them with sourcing a Manager Operational Policy and Innovation. A role such as this demands a specific fit which starts with a person who brings the ability to think laterally and who understands that solutions will not always be found by following the usual or obvious path.
This role is multi-faceted; it is about creativity, lateral thinking and being open to different and new ideas but it is equally about relationship management, strategic policy development, and applying critical thinking. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader who brings not only all the key skills and components that the role demands but also possesses a huge desire to make a difference for New Zealanders. This is a role where you can impact on key decisions and policy and take up the opportunity to have a lasting effect on our communities and country.
To know more about this role or to have a confidential conversation with either Bernadette or Johnny please call 04 4996161.
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