Deputy Chief Executive, Operations - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Reference Number: 7051aa

Location: Location Flexible

  • Broad Ranging Strategic Operations Leader

  • Driving Superior Organisational Performance and Delivery

Nau mai, haere atu ēnei kupu whakamihi, whakatau hoki i te ara whakakotahi i ngā kaupapa whai pūkenga mō Aotearoa whānui tonu. Ahakoa ngā whakamātautau nui o te wā, kei te kōkiri whakamua. Nā reira ka hura i uta kia tere mai te tai o whakaaro ki te manawa o te kaupapa hou nei. Kua kīia ai māna te Māori e hiki, māna ngā iwi e hāpai ki ōna taumata anō hei oranga mō rātou, hei painga mō tātou, mō Aotearoa. Tēnei te ako, tēnei te tauira, tēnei te ara, tēnei te ahu, ka whakairihia ki te pae o whiti, maranga mai, he ora!

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) is the new entity responsible for ensuring equity and excellence for all New Zealanders in the area of vocational education.  Its key functions include; improving outcomes for Māori and Māori communities in collaboration with Māori and iwi partners and stakeholders; improving the consistency of vocational education and training; meeting the needs of the regions of New Zealand and their learners, industries, employers and communities; ensuring that every learner receives what they need to be successful, and to improve outcomes in the tertiary education system as a whole.

This is a senior role, reporting directly to the CEO with a particular focus on supporting the development and delivery and implementation of a clear, system-wide, operations strategy, reporting and relationships and in particular managing the relationship with the Minister's office and government.

This role will have specific responsibility for:

  • Supporting the Chief Executive and Leadership Team members to develop and shape the organisation operating model and strategy, ensuring required consultation, and oversight of its implementation.
  • Taking a system-wide view and working in partnership with each subsidiary organisation to lead the development of a coherent national operations strategy that encompasses Finance, Technology, People and Capability.
  • Ensuring the development of a Digital Platforms and Architecture strategy that incorporates NZIST and the subsidiaries –ensuring there is a Digital Strategy and the associated infrastructure to meet the strategic objectives of the Minister and NZIST.
  • Ensuring the development and implementation of a Strategic Workforce Strategy that clearly outlines the desired future capacity and capability of the Vocational Education workforce and the key programme initiatives that will lead to its delivery.
  • Ensuring that NZIST and subsidiary organisations operate in a financial sustainable manner and that budgeted targets are met and that OFP parameters are adhered to by all subsidiaries.
  • Developing information and insights, and reporting, including organisational statutory reporting and reporting and information for the Minister.
  • Managing NZIST’s internal and external communications and provide oversight of key stakeholder relationships and partnerships.
  • Ensuring all business risks are identified, assessed and managed using a structured framework visible across all subsidiaries.
  • Providing advice to the CE and DCEs including how to position NZIST externally on issues where NZIST’s reputation may be impacted.
  • Leading business services and support functions (e.g. reception, office support) and developing and implementing call centre capability and support for NZIST.
  • Ensuring high quality advice and support in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Communications and IT is provided to the NZIST.
  • Ensure appropriate and effective Health and Safety programmes are in place across subsidiary organisations and put in place mechanisms to ensure best practice is shared across NZIST.

Candidates of interest will have an advanced level tertiary qualification and possess significant experience supporting or leading large-scale organisational transformation and experience at a senior level in a large complex multi-site organisation. Senior experience within tertiary and vocational education settings is desirable though not essential. As a future focussed thought leader, you will also have a demonstrated record of empowering leadership, effective and highly developed strategic management skills coupled with exceptional communication skills and the ability to engage across multiple stakeholder groups including Ministerial and Government.

This role represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for a new organisation at the forefront of ensuring the growth, direction and future success of vocational education in Aotearoa.

NZIST is open to a distributed leadership model, so please specify your preferred location of work in your cover letter.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 31st May 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing Information.

Click here to view the Position Descprtion.

For more information please phone Mike Stenhouse on +64 27 442 8348.

To apply use application form or email

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