18 Oct 2021

Full-Time Chief Māori and Government Engagement Officer – Apiha (Māori) Matua Whakarite Hononga

Mana Recruitment Ltd – Posted by Mana Recruitment Ltd.Auckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

Chief Māori and Government Engagement Officer – Apiha (Māori) Matua Whakarite Hononga


This is a new to market senior Executive position accountable for organisational engagement across government, whilst building internal Māori capability and delivery commitments under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Mātauranga Māori.

  • Do you have the strategic skill set to influence, advocate, and lead at a senior level?
  • Develop Māori strategy and lead the integration of the strategic plans.
  • A substantial cultural competency supported by a passion for bringing about systematic change.

Ko wai mātou – Who are we

Te kāinga iho pūmanawa – A Place Where Talent Wants to Live

Callaghan Innovation www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz/about-us is a Crown entity of New Zealand which has the task of making New Zealand business more innovative and accelerating the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand.

The Executive team is tasked with collectively embedding a new operating model and ways of working, building and managing the enterprise system that underpins the strong functioning of the organisation.  Organisationally it has been identified that there is a need, supported by the fundamental obligation to better recognise and to significantly improve awareness, understanding and delivery to Māori.  Seeking to better services to entrepreneurs and innovators and acknowledge partnership as a crown agency, a senior management position has been created to set about building internal Māori capability, leading the delivery commitments under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and overarching commitments to increasing Mātauranga Māori from the top down.

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position

The position of Chief Māori and Government Engagement Officer focuses on leading people in the development of Māori strategy, and takes accountability for organisational engagement across government, building healthy and sustainable relationships that keep the organisation aligned to government priorities and building their confidence in organisational delivery. Embedding the new operating model with specific responsibilities around identified modules, this position will see you developing Māori strategy and leading the integration of the strategic components into the Callaghan Innovation 20-year strategy. Utilising He Kai Ki Aku Ringa as guiding principles, you will spearhead delivery of enhanced services to Māori entrepreneurs and innovators to better contribute and support the Māori Economy.

Maintaining high visibility and accessibility right across the organisation, you will take a senior leadership role with customers and internal stakeholders whilst enhancing and growing relationships with iwi and hapū. Developing an internal Māori cultural capability and supporting the investment in knowledge, understanding and practice of Te Ao Māori. Working with the Product function to ensure relevance in the product suite to Māori entrepreneurs and innovators, you will enable contribution and support the Māori Economy.

Developing a framework for a comprehensive and cohesive government engagement strategy, you will facilitate constructive and influential engagement across government agencies, constructing tools and processes to bring heightened confidence in organisational delivery. Reporting to the CEO, this role will be a critical member of Executive team, who in turn, are responsible for developing the organisation’s strategy, determining the portfolio of investments, and managing key risks. Each Executive will hold aspects of the system, and as such, the team’s roles will focus on how their part connects and collaborates, so the enterprise system works, as well as ensuring each part is individually strong and contributing.

Supporting the Executive and the organisation to understand Mātauranga Māori, you will develop a clear roadmap of how you’ll cultivate advances in capability in this space and plot the delivery of core transition accountabilities in order to deliver and embed the new operating model.

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Wheako – Essential skills/experiences for the role

Naturally, you will have an established, and in depth understanding of the Māori political landscape, iwi leadership, and Māori representation, supported by your knowledge and use of te reo me ōna tikanga. Further the base experience, skill and competencies required for application are to include;

  • Comprehensive Executive experience at senior level of business, previous GM, or similar level experience supported by extensive strategic practice.
  • Significant people leadership experience, evidencing sound leadership, people management, mentoring and coaching.
  • A substantial cultural competency supported by personal mana and passion for bringing about change.
  • In-depth knowledge of Te Reo me ōna tikanga, Mātauranga Māori, and principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Experience in the operational application and demonstrated experience using change management tools frameworks, and practices, desirably via a Māori world view lens.
  • The experience to effectively manage internal and external stakeholders through advocacy, negotiation, and collaboration.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills, with the ability to influence at senior management level, as well as cross organisationally.
  • A culturally astute and agile leader, a humble spirit and empathetic focus of change and its effect on people.
  • Skilled in leading and managing via both strategic and operational lenses.

Overarching is the organisations intent to create inclusive, empowered and culturally aware teams within which your role will be key in the repositioning the organisation to achieve this. It’s a challenge rich in opportunity and professional reward – the kind that can and will be a defining point in your career. Our nation is a hotbed of entrepreneurial energy and fresh thinking – the marriage of which makes for some truly remarkable ideas. The entrepreneurial and innovative mindset required for this position’s success, combined with the level of Executive experience and cultural requirements, make this position attractive to a very senior calibre of applicant.

Remuneration is positioned to attract a high calibre skill set alongside a strong cultural competency.

Te tono – How to apply:

To apply or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications close on: Thursday 18th of November 2021 at 5.00pm

How to Apply

To apply or to enquire further in confidence contact Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

Applications close on: Thursday 18th of November 2021 at 5.00pm

Job Categories: Executive. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 100,000 and above.

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