Full-Time Head of MAS Foundation
Head of MAS Foundation
Who we are
MAS Foundation is a new “philanthropic start-up” established by insurance company MAS. MAS was founded by doctors nearly 100 years ago, and the MAS Foundation will continue this legacy by supporting health initiatives in New Zealand. Specifically, MAS Foundation will contribute around $2 million each year in funding for health promotion, initiatives, education and research, demonstrating MAS’ commitment to social causes and New Zealand communities.
About the role
The Head of the MAS Foundation will be responsible for all areas of the Foundation’s work. This is both a strategic and operational role, which will suit a versatile and entrepreneurial “generalist” who is passionate about health and equity in New Zealand.
Key areas of responsibilities
• Board of Trustees
You will collaborate with the Board to define and develop the Foundation’s strategy, and approach to philanthropic investments. In addition, you will support the trustees’ ongoing learning and dialogue.
• The MAS Group
You will work closely with MAS Management to ensure that MAS Foundation adds value to the overall MAS brand and is connected to and aligned with MAS’s broader Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work.
• Philanthropy and Grant-making
You will ensure that the Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives align with and fulfil the Foundation’s vision, values and strategy. This will require you to identify, analyse, and pursue new, high-impact philanthropic opportunities. You will also conduct ongoing research to ensure the Foundation understands the health landscape and ecosystem in New Zealand.
• Grantees and alumni
You will develop and maintain strong, positive working relationships with new grantees and future alumni. and previous recipients of funding. This may involve convening and connecting key health stakeholders and grantees.
• External Relations and Communications
You will build strong relationships and partnerships with external parties to advance the Foundation’s mission and cultivate opportunities for collaboration that further the Foundation’s impact. This work will involve promoting the Foundation and elevating its profile.
• Budgeting, Fiscal Oversight, and Personnel
You will develop and make recommendations about an annual operating budget. You will recruit and hire personnel as needed.
Candidate Profile: Skills and Aptitudes
• Passion and commitment to MAS Foundation’s philanthropic priority – to improve the health of people in New Zealand.
• Knowledge and understanding of the wider social issues that influence the health of New Zealand communities.
• Strategic thinking combined with execution: excels at turning ideas into reality. Big-picture thinker coupled with strong operational and management ability.
• Relationship building and Influencing: Experienced and proven track record in building shared purpose and commitment with a range of external and internal stakeholders.
• Leadership & humility: will champion the vision and values of MAS Foundation.
• Entrepreneurial: Brings a mindset for experimentation and a desire to innovate, push boundaries and go beyond ‘business as usual’. Able to work in ambiguity.
• Strong intellect: including the ability to summarize complex issues clearly and concisely and to develop and convey cogent recommendations;
• Communication skills: Superb oral and written communication skills, including being able to listen and present ideas clearly and persuasively.
• Self-Starter: extremely proactive approach to work.
• Results-oriented: driven and focussed on results and impact, strong work ethic.
• Acumen and tact: Has sound judgment, tact, and the discretion required to work effectively with trustees, MAS management and staff, health sector thought leaders, and various communities.
Candidate Profile: Education and Work Experience
• A tertiary degree is essential – preferably in health, for example in Medicine, Health Sciences, Health, Mental Health, Public health.
• Work experience in New Zealand’s health sector, or health-related areas. For example, public health, health sector NGO, health promotion.
• Understanding and knowledge of health in New Zealand is essential. You may have gained this understanding and knowledge through both formal education and/or work experience.
• Effective existing networks in the health sector, community sector, or government is also a plus.
• Involvement in or understanding of corporate social responsibility or philanthropy would be a bonus.
We value diversity, equity and inclusion and would love to hear from all talented people who want to join us. If you feel you have the potential to do this job but do not have all the listed experiences and skills, please do still apply.
Hours & Location: Full time, or near full time (0.8 FTE can be accommodated, as well as flexible working over time). Office location: Central Wellington.
How to Apply
Applications close 5pm Thursday 30 January 2020 but we may appoint someone earlier – so if this role excites you, please get your application in soon.
• Ensure you read the MAS website and get to know us and what we’re all about.
• If you have any questions that are not answered by the material available online, please email us on [email protected].
• Please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you want to work in this role to [email protected] by 5pm, Monday 03 February 2020.
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