Recruitment – Vacancy


Manager – Rural Hospitals Locums Service

About the role

  • Opportunity to establish a locums service for Rural Hospitals throughout NZ
  • Dynamic and busy permanent role
  • Working in a supportive and fun culture

Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network (HTRHN) is a national membership organisation advocating for the health and wellbeing of rural New Zealanders. Our vision is to grow healthy and thriving rural communities. We represent a wide cross section of rural health professionals.

In addition to our advocacy work, HTRHN administers the government funded Rural Recruitment and Locum Support contract through its NZLocums division.

HTRHN has now been awarded a contract from the government to set up a locums service for Rural Hospitals throughout New Zealand.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this full-time position based in Wellington, will be responsible for establishing the new service, including creating a robust project plan. Once established, the Manager Rural Health Locums Service (MRHLS) will have responsibility for overseeing and monitoring the day-to-day operations and performance against the Rural Hospital Locums contract with Government and will be accountable to the Chief Executive for the achievement of key performance measures and deliverables. The MRHLS will be the day-to-day point of contact for all enquiries in relation to this contract.

In addition, the MRHLS has responsibility to build, manage and facilitate relationships with both candidates and hospitals who are using, or are eligible to use, the recruitment and placement services for Rural Hospital Locums throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. This needs to be carried out in a manner that enables HTRHN to fulfil its contractual obligations and strategic objectives.

Some travel will be required to visit rural hospitals.

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate:

  • Proactive and effective management of internal and external relationships including the ability to persuade and influence people
  • An ability to use initiative, sound judgement, discretion and integrity
  • Problem solving skills and an ability to think innovatively within the boundaries of given constraints
  • An ability to design and implement effective systems and processes
  • An ability to develop project plans, timelines, and budgets in collaboration with the Chief Executive
  • Be competent in the use of Microsoft Office and CRM software
  • Leadership and general management capabilities
  • A commitment to quality and professionalism and an attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative work style
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Organisational skills, with an ability to prioritise multiple tasks
  • Be competent in dealing with stakeholders at all levels
  • Effective delegation and staff management
  • Identify and manage project risks, issues, and dependencies

The ideal candidate will possess:  

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong reporting and analytical skills
  • Sound project management skills

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience working in industry recruitment
  • Experience working with Immigration New Zealand and the Medical Council of New Zealand
  • An understanding of credentialing of medical staff working in rural hospitals

We offer:

  •  A competitive salary
  • A fun and supportive working environment
  • A wellness package including one wellness day per quarter after six months of employment
  • Flexible working hours

HTRHN is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all our work. The successful candidate must be able to support this in their role and their personal behaviours.

Applicants for this position must have NZ residency or a valid NZ work permit. To request a copy of the position description for this role, please email

Apply online via Seek by sending a CV and cover letter. All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Applications close at 5.00pm on Sunday 19 March, however we may shortlist and interview candidates prior to the closing date, so early applications are encouraged.