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People and Culture Leader - Central Kids


About us:

Central Kids is a not-for-profit early childhood organisation and has been providing high quality early childhood education and care since 1951. We have 57 Kindergartens and Early Learning Centres spread throughout the Central North Island.

Our organisation’s philosophy is underpinned by our core values of:

  • Ko ngā tamariki te pūtake – children are central to all that we do
  • Mana ki te tangata – maintain the dignity and standing of others
  • Tiakina a Papatūānuku – protect and enhance the environment
  • Manaakitanga – gain mana through generosity and goodwill

Our workforce is primarily made up of dedicated qualified Kaiako and valuable support staff.

Central Kids provide:

  • The opportunity to be part of an organisation making a difference for the leaders of tomorrow
  • A commitment to upholding our obligations as partners of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • A commitment to Te reo Māori me ona tikanga
  • Opportunities for continued growth and professional learning
  • A friendly, flexible, and supportive working environment

About the opportunity:

We are seeking an experienced leader to join our People and Culture team based at our head office in Putaruru – conveniently located within 45 minutes’ drive of Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, and Te Awamutu.

Reporting to the CEO, the People and Culture leader is part of the Senior Leadership team and is responsible for leading Central Kids Human Resource function to ensure we achieve our organisational outcomes per Kōkiri Hī, our strategic plan.

Central Kids is a dynamic organisation and requires a leader who can continually identify opportunities to build future focused initiatives, streamline processes and lead change.

The People and Culture leader is part of a team of 3 other HR and Payroll practitioners who put people at the heart of what we do.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Be a seasoned HR professional, confident and competent in applying and advising on relevant legislation
  • Have senior management experience in a people function within a medium to large complex organisation
  • Be able to identify areas for growth and development within the organisation and in systems and processes
  • Be experienced in leading change management, performance management and disciplinary processes
  • Be experienced in collective bargaining, working alongside a union, and implementing collective agreements
  • Have knowledge or experience working within the education sector, with the teaching council and/or other governing agencies (not essential but helpful)
  • Be committed to te reo māori me ona tikanga, te tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori

For more information or to apply:

Please contact Tara Cridge – Interim People and Culture Leader on [email protected] or 021 0288 5879.