Website Christians Against Poverty New Zealand

People and Culture Director, Auckland
CAP (Christians Against Poverty)

  • Join the leadership team of an organisation bringing holistic freedom to families in debt.
  • Bring together your senior leadership abilities and your heart for developing people.
  • Full time role with a passionate, professional, and fun not-for-profit.

Bring to this executive leadership role your expertise in providing effective people and culture processes, and operational support systems that will enable CAP’s teams to be equipped and engaged to carry out their mahi.


About our Organisation

CAP is a not-for-profit organisation working across Aotearoa to bring hope and help to families and whānau who are trapped in debt and poverty.

Every month, CAP receives hundreds of phone calls from New Zealanders who are drowning in unmanageable debt. It consumes more than they have to give; families are forced to sacrifice living essentials to pay their creditors.  Our free, professional Debt Help service enables clients to repay their debt using their own income, and work towards a better future. As with all of CAP’s services, Debt Help is delivered in partnership with local churches, allowing clients to receive holistic care as they journey towards the ‘debt free’ finish line.


About our Role

Reporting to the CEO, the People and Culture Director leads a team of mid-level specialists covering operational areas such as human resources, facilities management, health and safety, organisation engagement and culture, privacy, policy and procedure. The role also currently has oversight of information technology.  With CAP’s employees as the primary stakeholder, the overall purpose of the People and Culture Team is to provide support and services to the other teams within the organisation to enable them to function effectively. The People and Culture Director is responsible for ensuring the strategies, systems and processes of these services are at the highest level.

Also, working alongside a team of executive colleagues, the CEO, and on occasions the Board, the role casts a vision for the overall employee experience at CAP, leading us to be a preferred place of employment, and ensuring CAP is culturally aligned and keeping pace with the changes and realities of the context outside the organisation.

Broadly, areas of responsibility include:

  • To provide executive level leadership, working collaboratively as a member of the  Executive Leadership Team on CAP’s organisational strategy and outworking of mission
  • To lead CAP’s HR functions and operational support systems, creating an enabling workplace environment for all departments, teams, and staff to achieve effective service delivery and mission impact.
  • To strengthen the organisational learning environment, developing managers and team members in their skills and competencies.
  • To lead the People and Culture Team, supporting and developing team members
  • To work collaboratively with CAP’s Pouwhiringa to imbed Kaupapa Māori principles into operational systems and people processes

About you

To be successful in this role you will be able to make a significant contribution towards building CAP’s capacity as an effective not-for-profit. We’re looking for a collaborative, servant leader, who naturally combines personal humility with professional intentionality and motivation.

As the leader responsible for guiding the internal tone and feel of the organisation, and the outworking of our values, you will be highly skilled at engaging with a broad range of people, having excellent emotional and organisational intelligence.

You’ll also need to be strategic in your thinking, planning and leadership, especially in your areas of responsibility, and able to take everyone with you on the various journeys of cultural, systems and values change and growth we’re on as an organisation. You will be tactical and discerning when it comes to organising people, performance, and systems, with a focus on goals and strategic outcomes, bringing efficiencies across the operations which support the work being done.

Here are a few of the requirements we’re looking for in our People and Culture Director:

  • Experience at a senior leadership level in the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the areas of human resource management, staff culture and engagement, and learning and development.
  • Evidence of competence and experience as a leader of individuals and teams with well-honed coaching, mentoring, and group facilitation skills.
  • Outstanding relationship building skills and EQ.
  • Expertise to lead organisation-wide change.
  • A passion and vision to see families and whānau across Aotearoa set free from debt and poverty.
  • A strong personal alignment with the foundational Christian philosophy of CAP.
  • A desire to be part of the journey CAP is on embracing the intention and spirit of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • A tertiary level qualification in at least one of the following, or another field adequately aligned to the role: human resources; policies and legal compliance; change management; leadership; organisational development; organisational/business management.

Some of the benefits of working at CAP 

  • Being part of a team of like-minded, passionate colleagues working in a fun, professional environment.
  • Work-life balance with flexible 37.5 hour weeks.
  • Generous leave provisions.
  • Seeing lives changed –because of the work you do – the biggest and best benefit of them all!

Important Application Details 

If you believe you are a senior executive able to help lead our team bringing hope and help to New Zealanders, then we look forward to including you in our confidential interview process.

Simply click ‘Apply for This Job’ to apply.

Please note: You are required to disclose any convictions or pending charges in your application, and a Police Check will be requested if you are appointed to the role.

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