Senior Contemporary Arts Kaiako

Waikato Institute of Technology

  • Permanent Part Time
  • Waikato

About the role

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Contemporary Art Kaiako to join our team. This role will be a hands-on position, teaching at under graduate level on our Bachelor of Contemporary Art. The successful candidate may also teach across our suite of creative degrees in the School of Media Arts, bringing their practical expertise to a wide range of creative students.  There is further opportunity for postgraduate teaching and supervision, depending on your level of experience. 

This newly established role in the School of Media Arts has been developed to ensure students become well rounded artists and culturally responsive practitioners, that can operate successfully in Aotearoa’s art scene and beyond.

To flourish in this role, you will be a dual professional – a teacher and an artist that enjoys working collaboratively with others.  You will be a strong team player and positive influencer, who can support and enable across the School of Media Arts academic teams, as new curriculum is developed and embedded.

Your experience as an art practitioner and teacher will help students’ become work-ready. Your knowledge and industry contacts will provide students with deep understanding, real world experience, access to work placements, studio practice and relevant internships.

This is a part-time permanent position at 0.6 FTE (22.5 hours, three days a week). 

Are you an ideal candidate?

If you love what you do and have excellent teaching skills to match your art practice, this position could be your best career move. Be involved in something more fulfilling than just going to work – nurturing and guiding eager minds as they create their futures.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • a proven passion for teaching in a practical project-driven contemporary art setting;
  • tertiary teaching experience, preferably in a kaupapa Māori setting;
  • to be well versed in te ao Māori;
  • to have a current Māori Toi or arts practice;
  • the ability to develop teaching materials and suitable assessments to enable students to achieve learning objectives;
  • the ability to develop safe and inclusive classroom environments;
  • the capacity for productive, high quality arts research;
  • a minimum Masters degree in a relevant field.

In addition, we are seeking a person, who, beyond qualifications and experience, brings thefollowing attitudes and values to their teaching at Wintec:

  • Deeply interested in the experience of learners
  • Committed to pastoral care and follow up for learners to enable success
  • Committed to championing diversity and inclusion in both the classroom and collegial environments
  • An understanding of how Mātauranga Māori is embedded in their teaching and art practice
  • An actively supportive attitude within team environments, as Wintec continues on its journey to be more responsive to the needs of Māori learners
  • A commitment to equity of outcomes for all learners
  • Is a constructive problem solver, keen to collaborate with others and to navigate through new or challenging situations
  • Keen for a challenge and to take on responsibilities 
  • Committed to continual learning and development of their teaching practice
  • Collegial and open to the sharing of ideas

Working at Wintec

One of New Zealand’s leading tertiary institutes, Wintec’s focus is on innovation and a future vision. You and your teaching colleagues will be in close touch with real-world practice and development. You will have the support for enhancing your own credentials as well as opportunities for networking at many levels and across multiple disciplines. 

Lead change, shape the world at Wintec – apply for your next role now. 

Closing Date: There will be no closing date for this position and the advert may be removed without notice - applications will be reviewed as received and you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.  Applications close when position is filled.


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