MAS Head of Foundation – Hei tautoko Tangata Whenua & Tangata Tiriti

Full time or Flexible Part-time (0.8 FTE) could job-share (approx 20-25 hours per week each person). Fixed Term (1 year)

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga. Tēnā koutou katoa.

Do you want to work for an evolving philanthropic organisation working to make a difference to the health of young families?  That’s what the MAS Foundation is all about. Our mission is to invest in and catalyse ideas, partnerships, and actions to improve equity, health and wellbeing, especially for those in need.

E hiahia ana koe ki te tūhoto I tētahi puna atawhaitanga e ahei ana ki ngā kōnekeneke hei awhina I te hauora o ngā whānau I ngā tau tōmuatanga? Ko tēnei mātau!  Ko te whakatakanga o te tumu o MAS ka koha, ka whakahauhau whakaaro, rangapū me ngā mahi hei whakawhanake I te hauora, oranga me te whai mana taurite, e arotahi ana ki era e whai rawa.


We are committed to the practical implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in particular clear articulation about tangata whenua rights and needs. While we envisage the role will be approximately 30 hours per week for one person, we can also see that two special people could share the role of Head of Foundation in support of both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti. In order to achieve the most effective outcomes, a co-share arrangement would necessitate a complimentary skill set, and this ad has been written to reflect that.  However, if you think you have most bases covered and could fulfil the role in its entirety, we’d like to talk to you too. A collaborative mind-set is essential to work seamlessly with the MAS Foundation’s Board of Trustees, comprised of leading members of the health and philanthropic communities.

The Head/s will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Foundation while serving as a thought partner to the Board in the ongoing development of the foundation’s strategy, approach, and philanthropic investments.

You’ll need to be as comfortable relating to trustees of the board, clinicians and researchers as you are with community organisations and fund applicants. The Head/s of MAS Foundation will be responsible for identifying, analysing, and pursuing new opportunities, auditing grant statistics and keeping an overarching awareness of the portfolio and its adherence to the Foundations strategic plan.

You will also lead efforts to stimulate interest and engagement in MAS Foundation’s vision among potential philanthropic and government partners and the broader MAS members and MAS staff.

Although the Foundation outcomes are health focused, we acknowledge the social and cultural determinants of health.  Although one of the Heads must have a strong health background, this could be complemented by a co-head from another relevant background e.g. social services.


Required individually by both Heads

Knowledge of health and health systems

Strong understanding of health and social inequities

Strong understanding of systemic, societal determinants of health and disease

A great communicator (written, oral, verbal, other)

Strong interpersonal skills, negotiation skills

Required collectively across the Heads (could sit in either role)

Experience in working with ‘high need’ communities specifically families and young people

Experience working in policy; government; the NGO sector

Experience working with health literature, evidence, working with data

Understanding systems and systemic change

Experience working with Pacifica or ‘high needs’ communities

Tangata Whenua specific

An understanding of equity in health and as it specifically applies to Maori within New Zealand

Experience and ability to assess policies, projects and proposals from a te Ao Maori perspective (including kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori)

An understanding of systemic societal issues affecting Maori, including the structural, commercial, economic, historical and political determinants of health and disease

An awareness and comfort of traditional and contemporary Maori and Iwi structures, key Maori concepts and an understanding of Te Tiriti O Waitangi

A working knowledge of Te Reo

Tangata Tiriti specific

A strong understanding of equity and the systemic societal determinants of health and disease (above)

Proficient writing skills


MAS is a flexible employer and we will support lifestyle flexibility however we can, including hours of work so feel free to talk to us about your needs. You could be based in Auckland or Wellington. Auckland is where our Trustees are based; while Wellington is where MAS Head Office is located. Some travel will be required. We are flexible on start date, however this is likely to be February 2021.

This is a varied role and it’s likely your interests are varied too.  You’ll be degree qualified probably in either the health or social sciences fields. So if you are inspired to work for a Foundation that believes in improving health outcomes for our young people and families we’d love to hear from you.

Please click to download a copy of the position description.

If you think you could be our special someone, please apply by sending a cover note and CV to careers@mas.co.nz

Applications due by COP Tuesday 2 February 2021.