VOYCE -Whakarongo Mai is an independent connection and advocacy service recently set up in partnership with care experienced children and young people, philanthropic funders, Government through the Ministry of Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and NGOs such as Ngāphui Iwi Social Services and Dingwall Trust. VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai aims to connect children and young people who have been or are in care, and promotes their individual voice so that they can influence the care system to meet their needs and realise their aspirations. VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is a voice from children and young people in care, not an adult voice for them.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees you will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai including staffing, service delivery, developing organisational capability, financial performance and creating a community which connects children and young people in care, and promotes their individual and collective voice to influence the care system to meet their needs and realise their aspirations.
Key responsibilities include
Engaging with, collaborating and empowering children and young people, to support them and advocate with them for strong outcomes
Providing strategic leadership and planning to ensure the service remains agile and responsive to the voice and interests of care experienced children and young people
Building relationships with stakeholders that promotes constructive and reciprocal engagements whilst maintaining an independent and influential voice from children and young people in care
Representing the voice from care experienced children and young people to Government, other NGOs and community networks to promote their interests and aspirations
Leading key initiatives, encouraging creativity and innovation and promoting the role of care experienced individuals in the Service’s development, delivery and governance
Effectively managing media and public relations to ensure the service makes an active contribution to developing a positive care identity publicly.
To be considered for this role, you will have a genuine belief in and personal commitment to empowering a care experienced community and a desire to contribute to the leadership and development of individual children and young people. You will have an understanding of the experiences and aspirations of children, young people and others who have been or are currently in care and have experience leading a service with national coverage.
If this opportunity is of interest please send your CV to CV@rothley.co.nz or contact Chloe Bodley on 04 260 7558 for a confidential discussion.