Reference Number: 8250aa

Location: Wellington

 Wellington Based

  • Drive implementation of NZ Psychologists Board’s strategic vision
  • Contribute to the Future Development of the Psychology Profession in Aotearoa NZ 

About The Role: 

Reporting to the Board Chair, the Tumuaki/Pouroki (General Manager/Registrar) will provide efficient, effective and accurate duties as specified by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 and as delegated by the board to the Registrar.

The role plays an important part in guiding the future development of the Psychology profession.  A vital component is a strong Māori and Pasifika focus, a working knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the implications of these for the work of Aotearoa New Zealand psychologists.

The role includes responsibility for:

  • Leadership of the Secretariat staff team
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of strategy and Business Plans to support the Board and meet operational requirements
  • Management of the organisation
  • Carrying out and managing the functions of Registrar and ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Servicing the Board
  • Managing and developing stakeholder relationships
  • Broaden engagement and flow of information between governance and operations.

These duties and accountabilities are intended to ensure the principal purpose of the HPCA Act, which is to protect the health and safety of members of the public, is met. 

Skills & Experience: 

Specific skills and experience sought include:

  • Experience and knowledge of professional regulatory legislation and policy
  • Knowledge of the HPCA Act (2003)
  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification (law, health or public policy)
  • Proven senior management experience
  • Experience leading an organisation towards meeting Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and in strengthening cultural competence and safety
  • Excellent commercial and financial acumen
  • Proven communication, relationship building and stakeholder engagement
  • Proven people leadership skills
  • Strong political acumen
  • Strategic thinking and change leadership capability
  • Results orientation and successful track record demonstrating exercise of accountabilities
  • Prior experience reporting to a Board
  • Strong planning and organisational skills with a quality improvement focus
  • A background from within the health sector with a preference for knowledge of mental health services/psychological practice would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of web-based systems and relational databases would be advantageous. 

About the Organisation:

Established by the Psychologists Act 1981, the New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA) 2003 in respect of the profession of psychology. 

The Board’s main purpose is to protect the health and safety of members of the public through the registration of psychologists and the management of matters related to competence, conduct, and fitness to practise. The Board also reviews and promotes the competence of psychologists and sets standards for clinical and cultural competence and ethical conduct.  There is a firm and active commitment to growing cultural knowledge from a Te Tiriti informed perspective. 

The Board is a body corporate that can set up its own administrative arrangements, employ staff and manage its own finances. It normally has nine members, three of which are lay members. Its day to day operations are managed by a secretariat with nine employees.

The Board is accountable to the Aotearoa New Zealand public through the Minister of Health and must provide an Annual Report, including audited accounts, to the Minister every year.


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

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing document.

For more information please phone Andrea Bankier on +64 (0) 274 478 102. 

To apply use application form or email