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National Manager Talent and Workforce Strategy- People and Capability

Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara)
Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

  • Develop a future focused workforce strategy
  • Support and empower our people's career pathway
  • Embed a culture of proactive talent management

 Ngā kawenga | About the role

At Department of Corrections, Ara Poutama Aotearoa, our success hinges on our people. The People & Capability group actively seeks and supports great talent, fostering a skilled and capable workforce dedicated to delivering positive outcomes for people in prison and the broader community. We support a nationwide diverse team of 10,000 people working in a range of disciplines including custody, community corrections, psychology, nursing and corporate. Our job is to enable them to achieve our strategy, Hokai Rangi, through the 24/7 services we deliver.

The National Manager Talent & Workforce Strategy will play a pivotal role, leading the development and implementation of a talent framework that allows us to identify, nurture and grow diverse talent across the organisation. Leading in a future focused way, this role will develop a workforce strategy that ensures Ara Poutama Aotearoa can support our people today and into the future. It is a key function, ensuring we are equipped to meet the needs of NZ's Corrections system through understanding our workforce and ensuring we have the right people, in the right places, engaged in mahi that they enjoy doing, every day.   

This role is supported by a team of Senior and Principal Advisors, who are motivated to develop and deliver innovative advice and services to our leaders and their colleagues around the country. Ultimately, the focus of this team is about empowering our people to be proactive in their career pathway, so that we have a highly skilled, engaged and diverse workforce to take us into the future.

This role reports directly into the Director Talent and Leadership and has three direct Reports. The role is Wellington based and will work out of our National Office on the Terrace.

He kōrero mōu | About you 

You are an experienced leader who is passionate about talent mobility and workforce planning. Over a diverse and varied career, you have had exposure to talent, career coaching, capability pathways, organisational development and/or HR as a collaborative and visible expert.

You're confident in providing support and guidance to the most senior leaders in an organisation and have experience in setting up new service offerings within large, complex environments. A skilled Public Sector navigator, you are familiar with public sector strategies, tools and systems in the talent and workforce space. To succeed in this role, you'll have experience delivering across a whole organisation - removing blockers and helping others to see the big picture.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

You'll bring the following with you to the role:

  • Experience working with executive teams in talent identification and delivery of outcomes to achieve organisational goals
  • Strong level of cultural capability and awareness, able to work effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Experience leading and motivating a team of experts using a values-based approach
  • Experience influencing and building capability in others at a senior leadership level
  • A degree in a relevant field, such as Sociology, or Psychology, would be an advantage

Utu ā-tau | Salary

The salary range for this role is $136,692- $160,813. Appointment and remuneration will reflect skills and experience relevant to the role.

Ko wai mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu.

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi.

It is an exciting time to join us, and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau. 

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. This role closes on Monday 3rd June.

All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. If you have specific questions about the role, please email Senior Recruitment Adviser Rhiannon Robinson

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Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara)