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Senior HR Advisor

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  • Location:


  • Applications Close:

    30 May 2021

  • Sector:

    Mental Health
  • Type:


  • Hours:

    Part Time

  • Organisation:

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission

  • Contact:

  • Flexibility with hours (equivalent of three to four days per week)
  • Fixed-term opportunity until December 2021

Do you thrive in an environment where you can be part of shaping something new? Are you looking for a start-up role that will have a positive impact on the lives of all people in Aotearoa New Zealand?

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission opened its doors on 9 February 2021 to bring leadership and oversight to the transformation of our mental health and addiction system, and to contribute to better and equitable mental health and wellbeing outcomes for all people in Aotearoa.

The Senior HR Advisor will be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and ongoing development of all people management systems, policies, and procedures as the Commission continues the establishment of its permanent team.

Key focus areas over the next six months include the establishment of a permanent organisational structure, development of frameworks, and updating of processes as policies and systems are implemented.

We are a small team and your broad generalist HR experience will be put to good use across a full range of operational HR activities through to providing strategic HR advice to the Leadership team.

Ideal candidates must have the following:

  • Senior level experience in human resources, including supporting of a Chief Executive and/or their leadership team
  • Experience in providing advice and developing HR strategies and frameworks
  • Technical knowledge and application of the Public Services Commission Act into policies and processes
  • Excellent organisational skills along with the ability to think ahead, use initiative, establish priorities, and meet deadlines while preserving the highest levels of accuracy and confidentiality
  • Understanding of how broad diversity can support and improve outcomes particularly for Maori
  • An understanding of applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi in an HR context
  • Being comfortable with Te Reo Māori and tikanga or a strong desire to develop your experience in this area
  • First-hand experience or strong interest in supporting those who have lived experience of mental distress and/or addiction would be highly valuable
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the capacity to manage relationships at all levels

This is a great time to join our small team and contribute to improving wellbeing in Aotearoa, particularly for Māori and our priority population groups.

As a Te Tiriti o Waitangi-grounded organisation, we are committed to fulfilling our responsibility as an independent Crown Entity to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and work in partnership with Māori as tangata whenua.

We want our workforce to be a reflection of our communities across Aotearoa and are actively seeking applications from people who represent that diversity.

To apply, please go to our website where you can download the position description and application form. Please send your completed application form to

Applications close 5pm Sunday, 30 May 2021.