Position Details
Reference Number 13246
Position Title Māori Health Project Officer
Employment Type Contract Full Time
Division Relationships & Advocacy
Location Wellington
Hours 37.50
Position Summary

Māori Health Project Officer

New Zealand Office

  • Wellington CBD Location
  • Full  time – 37.5 hours per week
  • Fixed Term contract (2 years)
  • Salary Package $74,000 to $82,000 inclusive of 3% Kiwisaver

RACS is the leading advocate for surgical standards, professionalism and surgical education in Australia and New Zealand. It is a not-for-profit organisation that represents more than 7000 surgeons and 1300 surgical trainees and International Medical Graduates. RACS also supports healthcare and surgical education in the Asia-Pacific region and is a substantial funder of surgical research.


RACS is committed to reducing health inequity for Māori in New Zealand and Aborigine and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia. As part of this commitment RACS has developed a Māori Health Action Plan for New Zealand and a Reconciliation Action Plan for Australia.

The Māori Health Project Officer will assist with the development, coordination and implementation of our Māori health initiatives. The appointee will be proactive in developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships and strategies to improve Māori health and Māori representation in the surgical workforce. While the primary responsibility will be to work with our Māori Health Advisory Group and other RACS staff to implement and monitor strategies in the Māori Health Action Plan, this role will also link with the RACS’ initiatives to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia.

Primary Objective

The primary focus of this position is the review and implementation of the RACS’ Māori Health Action Plan and support for the Māori Health Advisory Group and RACS staff through the provision of advice to advance Māori health. The Māori Health Project Officer will develop / maintain beneficial partnerships and relationships with key Māori and non-Māori groups.  

The key areas of responsibility are:

  • To develop and maintain relationships with relevant Māori and non-Māori organisations that will enhance the implementation of the Māori Health Action Plan.
  • To plan a review of the Māori Health Action Plan 2016 – 2018; and ensure continued implementation of the Plan.
  • To assist with external and internal communications related to Māori health
  • To assist with promoting surgery as a career to Māori medical students and Māori Resident Medical Officers.
  • To provide secretariat support to the RACS’ Māori Health Advisory Group.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Ability to navigate confidently in both Māori and non-Māori worlds, a confidence in tikanga Māori and knowledge and understanding of te reo.
  • Ability to work at both a strategic and operational level and in partnership with multiple stakeholders.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification and / or equivalent experience applicable to this role
  • Experience in designing, delivering and completing projects in a health or social services environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to collect and analyse information and produce well designed and succinct documents.


RACS offers various benefits to employees including staff discounts, a wellness program,  flexible working arrangements and employee assistance. 


Enquiries can be directed to Justine Peterson, New Zealand Manager, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ph: 04 385 8247 or 027 279 7455 

Applications through our employment portal close COB Tuesday 3 July 2018 and must be accompanied with a covering letter addressing how the candidate’s knowledge and experience meets the position requirements.

Selection Criteria Essential: Please outline your tertiary degree and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and professional experience in a relevant field.
Essential: Describe your hands on experience working in Maori health or another social service area.
Essential: Describe your hands on experience in designing, delivering and completing projects in a health or social services environment.
Essential: Please provide details of your knowledge and understanding of tikanga, te ao Maori and te reo
Essential: Please provide examples of your ability to collect and analyse information to and produce well designed and succinct documents.
Essential: Please confirm your salary expectations (including kiwisaver). If successful in progressing your application, when you would be available to commence?
Contact Person Justine Peterson
Contact Number 04 385 8247
Closing Date 03/07/2018
Position Description
2018 PD Māori Health Project Officer.pdf Open
2018 PS Maori Health Project Officer.pdf Open
Application Guide click here to view