26 January 2022 • College News

Manager - Addictions & Early Intervention Service

District-wide role based in Nelson

Permanent 0.5FTE working 40 hours a fortnight

  • A unique opportunity to head up our addictions and EIS
  • Help lead our mental health services into the future

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

The manager for our Addictions and Early intervention Service (EIS) is a member of the senior leadership team for mental health and addictions at Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH). They will take a system-wide leadership approach ensuring service development and system improvement with external agencies such as PHOs, pharmacies, NGOs and other community agencies. They will also work closely with the rest of the leadership team across mental health and addictions services to ensure consistent processes for assessment, triage, care planning and models of care. 

They will collaborate with cross sector partners, such as Police and Ministry of Social Development and enhance our response to achieving Equally Well outcomes for clients.

The services and functions for which this position must plan, direct, motivate, manage and monitor include: addictions clinical coordinators and staff, OST treatment, SACAT implementation, EIS and forensic staff.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

If you are a skilled and committed leader with broad knowledge and skills and a passion for mental health then this could be the position for you. As well as significant clinical leadership in addictions and EIS you will be a registered health professional with a current practising certificate. A postgraduate qualification, in a relevant field, is desirable.

You will have a demonstrated history of facilitating change within a fast-paced environment and your people skills will enable you to manage a diverse range of clinicians. You will be committed to furthering the service through exploration of opportunities and fostering innovation. You will also be committed to achieving equity and upholding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi including:

  • working to develop an integrated Maori model of care with Te Waka Hauora (TWH) Maori health unit.
  • helping to develop rehabilitation pathways for Maori in conjunction with TWH.
  • working to develop working relationships with local Maori providers.
  • encouraging staff to undertake cultural safety training. 

For the health and safety of both staff and patients, and in line with the Health Order, all NMH staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork. 

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position) 

We offer a great team environment, are supportive of professional development and we strive to create a positive work environment with balanced and safe workloads and workplace wellness programmes. We do great work and we need a great team to help us deliver.

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s top lifestyle destinations with abundant sunshine and an amazing variety of leisure pursuits, beaches, rivers and national parks with great opportunities for outdoor activities such as kayaking, tramping, skiing, golf, sailing, as well as abundant sunshine and outstanding scenery. For more information on the Nelson/Tasman region visit

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?) 

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please click apply now and fill in our online application form. 

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Michael Bland, Interim General Manager Mental Health & Addictions on 


Applications close: Tuesday 8th February 2022 

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.