Occupational Therapy New Zealand – Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa’s (OTNZ-WNA) is the professional association for Aotearoa New Zealand Occupational Therapists / nga kaiwhakaora ngangahau.
To support members to excel professionally and promote occupation by providing resources, education and representation.
He tautoko i nga mema kia tino eke ki nga taumata ngaio, kia whakatairangatia te ngangahau ma te hora rauemi, ma nga akoranga me te tu hei mangai.
Occupational Therapy is accessible and valued by all.
Wawata Matamua E watea ana te Whakaora Ngangahau ki te katoa, me te whakamanahau hoki a te iwi ki ona painga.
Our Partnership Governance Model
Biculturalism is the founding philosophy and practice of OTNZ-WNA aimed at reflecting the partnership between Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti through its Te Tiriti Relationship Governance Model. OTNZ-WNA is commited to addressing inequity in healthcare outcomes for Maori and work towards decolonisation of practise, infrastructures and institutions as part of our obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Tangata Tiriti recognise the sovereignty of Tangata Whenua.
Ko te ahua e whai hua ai te turanga
Together the Executive Director and the Council lead OTNZ-WNA. The Executive Director is also responsible for the successful leadership and management of the OTNZ-WNA and operationalizes the strategic direction and values set by Council. They build and nurture trust within the OTNZ-WNA team, the membership, and agencies across the wider health and disability sector, communities, and professional groups. A visionary leader, the Executive Director understands equity, practices anti-racism and realizes Te Tiriti o Waitangi implementation plans.
OTNZ-WNA’s passion, dedication and representation of the profession is supported by the Executive Director’s commitment to developing its internal talent and creating an environment where everyone thrives through the operationalisation of the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Key Accountabilities Ka kawea o koe te aha
The Executive Director position is responsible to the Council and performance of the following:
• Leading and managing the OTNZ-WNA in partnership with the Council
• Managing and planning the financial activities of the OTNZ-WNA
• Role modelling equity in governance approach
• Representing OTNZ-WNA matters to members, the Council, the profession and the public
• Partnering with agencies across sectors
• Building the team
• Managing risk
Personal Attributes, Skills, Experience and Qualifications
Ka kawea mai e koe te ahi ki OTNZ-WNA
The new Executive Director will be energetic, approachable, a good listener, self-aware and be an authentic leader. Their approach will be inclusive, valuing of diversity, collaborative and a clear decisive decision-maker. They will have knowledge of the sector and the communities served.
• Strong understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand history and culture
• Experience working with Maori, health, social service, membership society organisations
• Excellent communication skills verbal, written and reporting in English. A general understanding of Te Reo Maori is an advantage
• Knowledgeable in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga and anti-racism praxis
• Ability to facilitate networking meetings amongst various OT groups and stakeholders to deliver on mutually agreed outcomes
• Strong understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand’s complex and diverse societal structure
• Strong experience in leadership, management and finance preferably related to non-profit NGO and membership organisations
• Proven people leader and communicator
• Knowledge of New Zealand legislation relevant to not for profit organisations, including employment, occupational health and safety, privacy legislation, incorporation of societies and financial requirements
• Understanding of current challenges and opportunities which relate to member societies and the not-for-profit sector
• Political astuteness and sound judgment
• An ability to relate to a wide range of people in a positive affirming manner
• Capability to interact and lead with confidence within a cultural paradigm. This includes the ability to practise manaaki, enact whakawhanaungatanga, acknowledge wairuatanga, encourage kotahitanga, support rangatiratanga, practise kaitiakitanga, recognise mauri, respect Turangawaewae, understand Tika, Pono, Aroha
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Good technical acumen
• Management experience
• Well developed, high-quality presentation skills
• Knowledge of relevant legislation and government policies.
• A driver’s license or access to transport.
A Tertiary- level qualification or equivalent experience is required
A post-graduate qualification would be advantageous. The role is Wellington-based and the successful candidate must reside in the Wellington region.
For details email: email@example.com or call 0223090039
How to Apply
To apply forward your full CV including a cover letter detailing relevant experience with reasons for interest. Including current salary, salary expectations, and notice period required. For details email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0223090039