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Project Lead

About the Role

We are looking for an outstanding Project Lead to lead several initiatives to support the development of the NGO mental health and addiction workforce. This will include specific projects for the support workforce as well as contributing your expertise working in NGOs across a range of Te Pou and Blueprint for Learning programmes and projects.

We are looking for someone with project management skills and expertise to oversee a number of projects, lead engagement with key stakeholders, work with external contractors, coordinate the development of resources and organise and host face to face and virtual events.

This role is full-time, working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8.00am-4.30pm. The role can be based in Ellerslie, Auckland, or Wellington.

About Te Pou

Te Pou is the national centre of workforce development for the New Zealand mental health, addiction and disability sectors. Blueprint for Learning is our partner learning and development organisation. We support organisations to implement policy, and plan and develop their workforce with practical resources, consultation and education. use evidence to help build better services to improve people's lives.

Te Pou is part of the Wise Group, a family of peak performing charitable entities working in areas from frontline service to software development.

Te Pou is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and the Human Rights Act as reflected in our Kanorau (diversity and inclusion) charter. We are committed to greater equity of access and outcomes for Māori, Pasifika and other population groups with a higher of risk mental health and addiction and poorer outcomes. The values outlined in Let's get real are integral to our work.


We're looking for someone who is enthusiastic about the opportunity to influence groups and stakeholders to use evidence-based approaches in their work. You are someone who can engage easily with different groups and can easily maintain relationships with our stakeholders.

You will also have:

  • Experience of working in NGO services with a good understanding of the support workforce roles.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification in health field.
  • Experience in project management in the health sector, preferably mental health and addiction.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to carry out presentations confidently and effectively to external audiences.
  • Influencing skills - you are able to gain the support and commitment of others.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrable commitment to the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Strong familiarity with tikanga Māori.
  • Understanding of cultural diversity principles and commitment to achieving equity.
  • The ability to travel if required.

The Wise Group are passionate supporters of our communities and vulnerable populations. We place a high value on the safety and wellbeing of our staff and the people we support. We endorse the Ministry of Health recommendation for vaccinations to protect us all against COVID-19. It is therefore our expectation that all new Wise Group employees are vaccinated.

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to flexible work arrangements, extra leave, subsidies for school holiday childcare and a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its' purpose. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued, and new solutions are the norm!

Ready to take a look at Te Pou? Then apply now.

Closing Date: Tuesday 2 November 2021. Please note, this advert may close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the closing date.

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Contact: Emma Wood, Manager - Practice on 027 233 1714, if you have any questions.