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Relationship Manager - Planning and Funding MHAID

Relationship Manager - Mental Health Network and NGO Services


  • Make a real difference to the shape of the Southern Mental Health and Addictions System
  • Join our dynamic team - we're moving ahead and going places!
  • Permanent, full-time - 40 hours per week

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 350,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards. With that comes diverse communities and therefore challenges and opportunities. A great place to make your mark!

Here at Southern DHB, we're undergoing transformation, as we work towards the goal of becoming a clinically and financially sustainable organisation, supporting our district. We're working very hard to provide high quality health and disability services so we're highly focused on bringing in the right people with the appropriate experience and leadership skills, to turn our strategic goals into reality. We're prioritising the development of our organisational culture through extensive consultation with staff and our communities - with the aim of making Southern DHB not only a great place to work, but to become an employer of choice where our staff are valued and empowered and we can truly make a difference as we work towards a more patient-centred system.

About the role

The role of Relationship Manager, supporting the Executive Director, Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability, will lead and support the Mental Health Network through transformational change and ensure it is funded in a way that supports contemporary practice; empowered to implement the Raise Hope II strategy and Time for Change, the Mental Health and Addictions Review; and rebalance the investment across specialist and primary /community mental health services. The implementation of He Ara Oranga will create opportunities for the Southern district to move towards improving outcomes for people across the continuum of care and district.

This role will be responsible for strategic planning and funding of services; relationship and contract management of health and disability service providers in a collaborative and coordinated manner; management of a budget for services, within national, South Island and local commissioning frameworks; and monitoring of provider compliance to quality and performance standards and contractual obligations.

With responsibilities across the Mental Health Network and NGO Services within the Southern district, including the development of relationships with a diverse and complex range of stakeholders, it is essential that you bring your passion for working in Mental Health and engaging communication style to help drive this service forward.

About you

With tertiary qualifications (ideally in Health or Management), and experience and success in a similar and relevant position elsewhere, your contribution will be valued and appreciated. You can't do this alone however, so your ability to engage, and your approachability and commitment to success will be evident in the roles you've held previously and your aspirations for the future. There is appetite for change at Southern DHB, and we want you to help shape our future.

Please note that travel throughout our district will be a requirement with this position. You will also need a full drivers licence.

Why us

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Friday, 26 November 2021.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.