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Manager, Student Advisors - Māori and Youth

Manager, Student Advisors - Māori and Youth

Manager, Student Advisors - Māori and Youth

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Closing Date : 28 Jan 2018

Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant and progressive tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. Our talented staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners are passionate about the role they play in our students' success.

The Student Services Division (SSD) draws together the many different aspects of student support services from across the organisation in order to achieve an integrated and collaborative institutional response to students. As well as the generic supports (wellbeing, academic and vocational) available for all Ara students, SSD facilitates specialist interventions to support target groups in line with strategic goals and key Government targets, including; Māori, Pasifika, Youth (under 25 years), international, refugee and migrant students. The three driving themes for all teams are Access, Engagement and Success.

The role

The primary objective of the Māori and Youth Student Advisory team is to increase student success in targeted initiatives, and to meet Tertiary Education Commission/Ministry of Education performance measures for Māori and Youth learners. Student Advisors work collaboratively with academic staff to support and monitor students, provide timely intervention and effective communication and administration that enhances student success and potential.

As Manager, you will provide day-to-day leadership, management and coordination of the Student Advisors - Māori and Youth team, report on student advisory services, ensure regulatory requirements are upheld and continuous improvement occurs.

As a key part of the Student Support and SSD Leadership teams you will work closely with divisional colleagues to ensure a seamless and coordinated student support and advisory service is available to students across all Ara campuses.

Skills / experience

To undertake this role you will hold a Bachelors qualification in education, humanities, Te Reo or related area (or have equivalent experience) and will bring to the role your extensive experience working with Māori and Youth, preferably in the tertiary or secondary education sectors.

The following will contribute significantly to your success in the role:

  • Experience and confidence in Te Ao Māori
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Operational management experience including team leadership
  • Existing, or the ability to develop, positive working relationships with a diverse range of regional stakeholders
  • Experience developing strategies that promote participation
  • Ability to plan, budget, manage and be accountable for resource deployment
  • Awareness of equity, cultural and bi-cultural imperatives and the ability to translate these into action
  • Understanding and application of the principles of continuous improvement
  • Strengths in administrative processes and management of information in a complex environment
  • Enjoyment of learning and growing capability (self and others)

In return, we offer a chance to join a dedicated, innovative and knowledgeable team in a dynamic work environment. In this stimulating role you will use your planning, administration and relationship management skills to make an important contribution to the achievement of organisational vision.

To apply

We accept applications via our online application system. For a job description and to apply online please visit Any questions should be directed to People and Development on 03 940 8623 or

Applications close Sunday, 28 January 2018.


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