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Executive Officer

Executive Officer
  • Organisation with a Transformative Mission
  • Influence and Drive outcomes
  • Secure and long-term role

About the Employer

Our client is a faith-based National Council Body with a mission to work for a just and compassionate society in Aotearoa New Zealand.  The organisation’s work gives priority to the poor and vulnerable and to te Tiriti o Waitangi. Member organisations provide a range of social services and the Council provides policy, research, communication and advocacy primarily around issues relating to  services for children and families, services for older people and the impact of poverty and exclusion, including housing. The six member organisations provide a range of services through  213 social delivery sites in 55 towns and cities all around New Zealand.

About the Role:
Reporting to the President of the Council, the Executive Officer will provide leadership and direction to the Secretariat to deliver seamless administrative, governance and operational functions to achieve the strategic aspirations of the Council. This is a rare and unique opportunity for a high calibre senior leader   with sharp analytical, relationship and communication skills and a genuine passion and deep personal interest in social service and social justice.


  • Highly respected, caring and passionate community focused organisation
  • Family friendly culture
  • Lead a creative and committed team
  • Flexible working environment 


  • Leading a highly motivated team, ensuring efficient practices for Operational service delivery and Governance obligations.
  • In conjunction with Council members, articulate the strategic areas of focus to create and implement long-term tactical solutions.
  • Governance over a robust policy and research work process proactively advocate and facilitate opportunities to present Council views to government (Politicians, government agencies)
  • Media spokesperson
  • Engaging and negotiating with funding bodies, government agencies to identify new opportunities.
  • Ensure a well-structured, regular communication strategy in place; including annual reports, quarterly Policy Watch updates, Newsletters
  • Prepare an annual plan, annual budget and quarterly financial reports and ensure projects are managed within budget parameters.
  • Advocate and promote the mission of the Council with a strong sense of personal conviction and drive.
  • Developing strong and effective working relationship with key stakeholders.

Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience in a similar Senior Leader role driving organisational governance and operationalising strategic vision.
  • Effective communicator with an innate ability to cultivate positive relationships across the stakeholder network, advocate and influence.
  • Previous experience within the public sector and/or Social Services sector would be highly regarded.
  • Strong analytical skills, with experience of working with social policy and research
  • Acumen and resilience to navigate complex stakeholder settings, and confidence to present written and oral submissions at Senior levels.
  • Demonstrable understanding of Te Ao Māori values, protocols and practices. 
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills underpinned with strong Computer literacy
  • Comfortable working within a faith-based environment, with a genuine appreciation for its mission, values and way of working. 

Please note only candidates that meet our client’s selection criteria will be contacted.

Job ID: JSEO01.1

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