Thursday, April 25, 2024

New disability agency seeks CEO

The Ministry for Disabled People is seeking an inaugural Chief Executive.

In October 2021, Cabinet agreed to establish a Ministry for Disabled People, a departmental agency to be hosted by the Ministry for Social Development, which is set to come into existence on 1 July this year.

The new Ministry is underpinned by Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Ministry will:

  • Drive better outcomes for all disabled people;
  • Lead and coordinate cross-government strategic disability policy;
  • Work to deliver and transform disability support services, and;
  • Progress work on the broader transformation of the wider disability system.

The call for “Nothing About Us Without Us” will be an integral part in the establishment and operation of the new agency with disability community voices embedded in decision making and the running of the Ministry.

“We are looking for a leader who has experience in the following areas: organisational leadership, system leadership, partnership, as well as experience in the disabilty sector. More information on these key areas can be found in the position description,” the NZ Public Service Commission said in an online statement.

“To undertake this role successfully the Chief Executive will be a disabled person, or have credibility and trust with the disability community, as well as empathy and a deep understanding of the unique and diverse experiences of disabled people. Any reasonable measures required by the chief executive to accommodate their support needs while undertaking the role will be made.”

If you think you are the right person for this role, an application pack can be downloaded from  

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, contact: 

David Hughes
T: +64 021 286 4470

Paul Ingle
T: +64 021 029 18623

Completed applications must be submitted Tuesday 5 April 2022 at 11:59pm. Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Jane Mather:

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