8 Nov 2019

Full-Time Senior Project Lead

Innovation Unit –  Auckland City, Auckland

Job Description

Innovation Unit Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit social enterprise that works under a bicultural framework, actively working to reduce inequity for Māori. We are looking to recruit an Auckland-based Senior Project Lead, who will play a key role in a range of exciting social innovation projects that contribute to reducing inequities in health, educational and social outcomes.

We are committed to strong Māori leadership within our organisation. We’re looking for someone who can take the lead in continuing to grow the cultural competence and capability across our organisation and the work we do.

This is one of those roles where you get to help change the world. It has an explicit focus on providing leadership around culturally competent social innovation practice, ensuring our ways of working are responsive and enable tangata whenua and others experiencing inequitable outcomes to participate meaningfully.

In addition to the internally facing aspects of this role, you’ll also offer support and oversee multidisciplinary project teams including, amongst others, practitioners, policy and subject matter experts, designers and researchers to respond to complex challenges and supporting transformational change in our partners’ organisations.

Practically, this means you:
have Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, and a passion for building the cultural competency of others

have a strong network of existing relationships with Māori organisations and leaders across Aotearoa

have a good understanding of the public, social, community and/or philanthropic sectors in New Zealand, and a track record of leading change efforts
have experience or a strong interest in social innovation and/or design
have managed budgets

are experienced in managing and accounting for yours and others time
can balance excellent facilitation skills with leading and shaping work to reach consensus

are confident and flexible working in interdisciplinary teams where harmonious collaboration is imperative

has the ability to travel across Australasia and the flexibility to enable collaboration with colleagues across different time zones.

If you’re deeply relational, with a passion for working with others to reduce inequities in Māori health, education and social outcomes then this could be your dream role.

How to Apply

Review the following position description: http://bit.ly/splpd

Send these three things by 5pm on Friday 22 November to [email protected]:

a link to your LinkedIn profile (complete and up to date)

a video that tells us how you meet the person specification (2 minutes max – we’re not interested in technical quality, we’re interested in you and what you say)

a document that responds to one of the questions below. This should draw on your own knowledge, and also from a couple of formal sources (2 pages max).


How can innovation impact wellbeing outcomes for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand?

How might social innovation reduce inequity in Aotearoa New Zealand?


INTERVIEWS: 2 and 3 December in Auckland

QUESTIONS: Please contact Martin James on 027 359 9394 or email [email protected]

Job Categories: Leadership roles. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.
Closes November 29, 2019

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