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Director of Nursing - Specialist Mental Health Services

A rare opportunity for an experienced nursing leader to positively impact the wellbeing of our community through the strategic leadership of our nursing workforce for Specialist Mental Health Services.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

This is a unique role within the Canterbury DHB, leading our nursing workforce in Specialist Mental Health Services (SMHS) to continue to deliver world class services to our tāngata whaiora (consumers) and their whanau (family). This role will work in partnership with clinical (Chief of Psychiatry and Director of Allied Health) and other Divisional leaders to ensure that the Canterbury DHB is excelling in providing care to our community. In this role you will be working within a supportive environment with multiple areas of growth for the right person. This role leads strategically, operationally and professionally, with an opportunity to represent Canterbury DHB at both regional and national levels.

Pehea | About You

As the Director of Nursing, you will be responsible for the provision of effective professional leadership and clinical oversight for the nursing workforce at SMHS, within a multi-disciplinary context. You will implement sustainable clinical governance practices that reflect optimal nursing service delivery within multidisciplinary teams and effective system change. Professional leadership including oversight of an educational framework for the nursing and health care assistant workforce in SMHS.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will have proven values-based leadership, demonstrating Manaakitanga to strengthen a positive culture and environment that values our staff and embodies compassion, hope and wellbeing. You will be an experienced nursing leader, with an adaptable and flexible working style. Along with, demonstrated passion, enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to the continuous development of the nursing and multi-disciplinary models of care with experience nurturing and developing our Māori nursing workforce.

Additionally, you will have the following;

  • Professional Nursing qualification with mental health scope, NZ Registration, and a current Annual Practising Certificate
  • Post graduate qualification in nursing and or health leadership/management or other management qualification.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in mental health/health leadership and management in a variety of settings
  • Demonstrated understanding of Maori workforce development issues and Ti Tiriti o Waitangi competencies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality and clinical governance.
  • A broad knowledge of the health and disability sector.
  • Display excellent interpersonal skills and leadership qualities.

Mō mātou | About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are a multi-disciplinary team that forms part of the Canterbury DHB. We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whanau. Constantly striving to work within our philosophy and Ngā Aratike (core purpose); we provide safe, compassionate and effective services that enable people with serious or acute mental disorders in their recovery, aligning with our Ngā Pou Aronui (five strategic pillars), Mana Tangata, Matatau, Mahi Tahi, Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Please submit your most recent resume along with a cover letter stating why you believe that you are the ideal candidate, highlighting your experience in working collectively with Māori to uphold the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at to complete an application.

For a private and confidential chat about this role please contact Shannon Le Roux, Recruitment Partner on 027 839 5946 or

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now!

Health Disclaimer:

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19. It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom are likely vulnerable. Without a vaccine, there is a higher risk that you may contract Covid-19. The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19.