Chief Executive

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) is seeking a Chief Executive to provide authentic and effective leadership to the HRC team and the wider health research community.

HRC is the main agency responsible for the management of the Government’s investment in health research and provides strategic leadership to the health research community to ensure research excellence is achieved through a positive, collaborative and efficient network. The organisation also supports the development of research careers. HRC provides the direction and enablement of high-impact, high-value health research. The organisation is currently focused on implementing the first ever Health Research Strategy for New Zealand, which is a significant new opportunity to embed health research into the fabric of the nation’s healthcare and health policy.

The Chief Executive will ensure the success of the HRC through the effective and efficient oversight of the organisation's activities, and development of the HRC’s strategic direction. Through this leadership and maintenance of key stakeholder relationships across government and the academic community, this person will ensure the credibility and integrity of HRC. The Chief Executive, though effective leadership of the team, will ensure the wide range of health research that New Zealand needs is undertaken.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent understanding of the New Zealand health research environment and/or to have made significant contributions to health research. HRC has a strong focus on partnership with Māori and helping to achieve health equity, so a proven track record of engagement with Māori and Pasifika stakeholders, as well as a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, are important requirements. Candidates should also have excellent people leadership and relationship-building skills, strong international connections, and experience engaging with State Sector stakeholders.  

Health Research Council of New Zealand

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Executive Search Consultant, Emily McGarry at [email protected]