Māori Impact Project Manager


  • Permanent Full Time
  • Multiple Location Options

Wellington, Christchurch or Auckland Location

He Pūtaiao He Tangata Māori Impact Team

ESR is a Crown Research Institute, working with and for clients and stakeholders to deliver enhanced scientific research services for the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of New Zealand. ESR has approximately 400 staff with sites across New Zealand.

We're undertaking an ambitious programme of transformation to achieve greater impact from our science and research; we are investing in deeper, more strategic research with Māori communities across the motu for better health and environmental outcomes. We have recently established the flagship He Wai Māpuna Programme, working in collaboration with iwi and to support this work we need an experienced Project Manager.

Your new role

Reporting to the General Manager Māori Impact and working with our Kaihautū Wai Māori you will be responsible for the Project Management of a multidimensional programme of wai research. You will bring your project management and relationship management expertise to ensure we have sound processes, procedures and guidelines to support the direction of the work.

As an innovative thinker you will contribute to the successful delivery of this programme of work and be able to influence win-win outcomes through building and utilising strong and enduring relationships with tangata whenua, researchers and stakeholders.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • An understanding of Te Ao Māori and the ability to communicate effectively with tangata whenua
  • Strong experience in successfully delivering projects in a Te Ao Māori context
  • A passion for building Mātauranga knowledge
  • Experience working in a Project Management role
  • Proficient in PMP, Prince 2 or similar PM systems
  • Highly proficient in MS Project software
  • Experience of risk and change management
  • Exceptional communication skills

What you can expect from us

You will get to work with an intelligent, passionate and innovative team, who are transforming research to strengthen communities and the environment through Mātauranga Māori and western knowledge systems. You will be making a positive difference in wellbeing and engage with multiple iwi to strengthen their environmental aspirations. You will also get to be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider New Zealand.

ESR promotes active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours. You'll receive ongoing personal development, free car parking as well as access to a Southern Cross group membership scheme.

To apply

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this opportunity; if you'd like more information please contact Jymal Morgan, General Manager Māori Impact on 021 872 590.

Apply on line at https://www.careers.sciencenewzealand.org/esr/esr-jobs

Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen and police records check as conditions of employment.


  • Share this post!