Executive Director | Tumu Whakarae

Health Coalition Aotearoa is a coordinating, umbrella organisation for the NGO,
health and academic sectors to achieve the collective vision of health and equity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 

Health Coalition Aotearoa envisions greater health and equity for all New Zealanders through reduced consumption of harmful products (tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy foods and beverages) and improved determinants of health. 

Unhealthy diets, high BMI, tobacco, and alcohol contribute about one-third of the overall preventable health loss in New Zealand. As a collective, we strive to prevent harm from unhealthy commodities and to strengthen the foundations of public health. 

The Coalition is seeking a passionate and experienced Executive Director to lead the Coalition working with the Board, the four Expert Panels and the Members to achieve the Coalition’s Mission and Goals.


The role
This newly created role will help lead the strategic direction around the public health issues that matter most to New Zealanders, with the goal of building a fairer society. It will provide support for harm-reduction policies and actions to create greater health equity, especially through better health outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples. 

Who are we looking for?
You will have excellent leadership, communication, networking and stakeholder management skills with the ability to work with a Board, effectively manage a newly established charity, as well as an excellent ability to engage with Maori. You will be able to command, interpret and communicate information in an engaging and compelling way to decision-makers. Leadership acumen is a must and experience in the public sector, with policy development or in campaign management is an asset. A background in the not-for-profit sector is desirable but not essential.

You will be committed to the efforts of the Coalition to incorporate Te Tiriti o Waitangi into its work and to promote inclusiveness in its actions.

You’ll be able to demonstrate experience in managing different stakeholders and the ability to implement strategies.

A relevant degree in health, social science or related field is required as is knowledge or experience of public policy processes and advocacy.

To be a good fit for this position you will be adaptable, composed under pressure, comfortable interacting with a wide range of stakeholders including media and respond well to challenges.

If you are a highly motivated individual keen to use your leadership skills to make a difference for Aotearoa New Zealand, this could be the ideal position for you! 

Salary band
The position is fulltime or near fulltime. We are open to flexible working arrangements, including working from home and flexible hours. Office space can be provided in Auckland at the Cancer Society Auckland Northland offices. 

Applications close 12 March 2021. All applications must be emailed to

Please email your CV and cover letter.