Head of Strategy and Advocacy

Whānau Āwhina Plunket people are at the heart of what we do, our frontline kaimahi impact the lives of whānau from across Aotearoa on a day to day basis, providing reassurance and clinical advice in homes, clinics and in community settings.

We’re seeking the support of a highly capable and collaborative Head of Strategy and Advocacy to join our team in a full-time permanent position. You can be based anywhere in New Zealand.


Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

Reporting to the GM of Performance, Risk and Governance, the Head of Strategy and Advocacy is responsible for developing and managing our suite of strategies to support our organisation’s vision. You will lead the strategic planning process to ensure alignment of our work and enable achievement of our strategic goals. You’ll also develop and lead delivery of our advocacy strategy and work programme, alongside developing external strategic relationships with advocacy partners and other stakeholders to advance our priorities.

Leading our Population Health Advisor and Principal Advisor – Pasifika, you’ll provide direction on our population health work programme, ensuring that our work to address health inequities is driven by evidence-based data and research.

As a credible and trusted advisor, you’ll have the opportunity to provide strategic advice and support to senior leadership to influence Whānau Āwhina Plunket services and make a genuine difference to improving the lives of tamariki and whānau. Analyse global and national trends, initiatives and research, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, to draw insight on what this means for Whānau Āwhina Plunket, using this information to make recommendations to shape our future.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years’ health or social sector experience in strategy, public policy and/or advocacy. You’ll be a hands-on leader with strong engagement skills to bring about collaborative solutions to our challenges, and the proven ability to influence others and work effectively in cross-cultural and cross-functional teams.

You will also have/be:

  • Previous experience in a senior-level strategy, public policy and/or advocacy role
  • Proven experience of building strong relationships and credibility at senior levels within an organisation, including engagement at ELT and Board level
  • A strategic thinker who understands the bigger picture, can think laterally about issues, risks and opportunities, and uses these insights to drive deliverables.
  • A clear and concise communicator with excellent writing skills and proven record of writing submissions, papers, and briefings
  • Proven ability to analyse and translate complex concepts and themes into easy to understand and meaningful insights that can be practically applied


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

If you’re seeking to work for an organisation that values improving society, join us at Whānau Āwhina Plunket. In line with our values, we believe in caring for our people, to support your wellbeing and ongoing professional growth.

  • The ability to schedule your mahi in a way that will support work and life balance
  • Various wellbeing schemes such as a Wellbeing day: use your one of your sick leave days to proactively protect your well being
  • Retail discounts


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

To view the position description or to apply for this role please refer to www.plunket.org.nz/careers. For further information, please contact Claire Foy (Recruitment and Retention Partner) on Claire.Foy@plunket.org.nz.

Applications close 23 March 2023. Please note, we will process applications as they are received and may close this advert early if we find a suitable candidate.


Kotahi mano ngā rā hiki te oranga mo ngā whakatipuranga, i roto i  ngā  hapori 

In the first 1000 days setting the path of wellness in our communities, for generations to come

Whānau Āwhina Plunket is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of pēpi, tamariki and their whānau/family. We have committed to adopting a pro-equity approach where we give life to the Treaty principles of tino rangatiratanga, partnership, active protection, equity and options in our mahi/work to ensure healthy tamariki, confident whānau and connected communities. This journey is creating exciting career opportunities - If you would like to contribute to the important mahi we do, nau mai, haere mai.


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Permanent Full Time

Job no: CJAN320879

Location: Northland, Waitemata , Auckland City , Counties Manukau , Waikato, Lakes, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne - Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wellington-Wairarapa, Nelson-Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Auckland Region, Amberley, Banks Peninsula, Cheviot, Christchurch, Culverden, Hawarden, Kaikoura, Leeston, Lincoln Districts, Malvern, Rangiora, Rolleston, Southbridge, Waiau

Closing Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023