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The Human Rights Commission | Te Kāhui Tika Tangata promotes and protects the human rights of all people. It works for a free, fair, safe and just Aotearoa New Zealand where diversity is valued and human dignity and rights are respected.

With new Commissioners and a new Chief Executive in place, the Human Rights Commission is looking to move to the next phase of its development which includes the appointment of three senior manager roles reporting to the Chief Executive.

We are looking for experienced leaders who are well informed about the work of the Commission and who demonstrate personal commitment to human rights and harmonious relations. You will support and promote cultural competence in the work that Commission staff undertake and support the Commission’s focus on becoming a ‘treaty-based organisation’.



The Commission is open to applicants with a broad range of relevant experience, while our head office is in Wellington, we are open to applicants based in Auckland, and we are open to flexible working.

We celebrate diversity. We welcome applications from disabled people, and from people with diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

If you require assistance or support through the application process, please let us know, so that we can accommodate this. Other accessible formats can also be provided


Pou Ārahi | Deputy Chief Executive

The newly created role of Pou Ārahi leads the Kaiwhakarite Team, and provides strategic advice and thought leadership on iwi engagement. The Pou Ārahi role is critical for the organisation as it is responsible for the effective and appropriate implementation and ownership of the Commission’s Treaty-based approach. The successful candidate will bring te ao Māori perspectives and views to the top table as well as contributing to broader human rights matters.

To be successful in this role, you will have experience in leading engagement with iwi/Māori, have established networks, knowledge of the Human Rights Act, political nous, and expert relationship management skills. Experience driving culture change and a track record of creating and leading high performing teams is essential, along with an ability to develop and execute strategy.

To access a link to download the job description, and to apply – click here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday 20 November 2019


Chief Mediator | Tumuaki Kaihohourongo

The Chief Mediator manages and leads the Commission’s national dispute resolution service as well as the team that provides a front-line support to those with enquiries about human rights issues. The Enquiries and Complaints Team is one of our largest, spread across New Zealand. The team plays a crucial role in resolving disputes and improving the lives of those affected by discrimination.

You will need to have robust knowledge of, and significant experience in, mediation and dispute resolution and a thorough understanding of contemporary dispute resolution theories. Strength in people management is essential.

To access a link to download the job description, and to apply – click here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday 20 November 2019



Human Rights Advisory and Research Manager | Kaiwhakahaere Tohutohu me te Rangahau Tika Tangata

Identifying opportunities and turning those into actions to improve our human rights is a key focus for this role. Along with the senior leadership team, you will prioritise the work programme, resources and funding of intervention strategies to support social change.

The Manager leads a team of experts who gather solid evidence to support the Commission’s work programmes.

There is significant external engagement with this role and you will be fully aware of community attitudes relating to human rights and social justice issues.  You will also oversee the publication of evidence that demonstrates the Commission’s impact, and performance.

To access a link to download the job description, and to apply – click here.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday 20 November 2019