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Director, Wellington Bridge Centre

  • Lead and manage the delivery of high-quality addiction services
  • Contribute to continuous quality and service improvement
  • Extensive stakeholder engagement

The Salvation Army Wellington Bridge Centre exists to provide safe, integrated, high quality treatment and support services to people whose lives have been affected by alcohol or substance use. They provide a wide range of services, including a residential programme in Newtown, community-based service in Upper Hutt, case work and support to the Wellington and Porirua District Court, recovery houses that support clients in transition, and an intensive treatment programme within Manawatu prison. These services are evidence based, well-known and recognised for being person-centred, strength-based, caring, transformative and responsive.

As a key member of the Bridge team nationally, the Wellington Bridge Director is responsible for the overall management of regional operations, with key accountabilities including leadership and mentorship, stakeholder engagement, strategy planning and implementation, cultural safety, financial, risk and business management.

The team at the Wellington Bridge are highly skilled and operate with a high level of trust and transparency; they’re creative and innovative, with the Wellington Bridge previously being recognised by Te Whatu Ora for Excellence in Innovation and Future Thinking, achieving consistently excellent outcomes in external audit measured against the Ngā Paerewa Standards for Health and Disability Services 2021.

This is a full time position based at the Bridge Centre in Newtown. As the service operates 24/7, there is the requirement for the Director to be on-call.

Person Profile:

  • Strong leadership capabilities with proven staff management experience
  • A background in the social services / mental health / addictions sector
  • A clinical qualification and current registration is preferred (for example, SWRB, DAPAANZ, NZAC)
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • A collaborative approach
  • Previous operational management experience with demonstrated abilities in organisational budgets and finance
  • Ability to think strategically, articulate and implement a vision
  • Very highly developed written and oral communication skills
  • Strong relationship building and networking capabilities at all levels
  • A commitment to the mission and values of The Salvation Army

Applications close: Sunday 19 May 2024

Applications to: Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Kirsty McLaren via

Position description: Available to view at

P: 04 499 1069


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