Kaitakawaeka Māori, Māori Community Liaison Officer

University of Otago

  • Otago


Our Department

The dedicated team in the Māori Centre/Te Huka Mātauraka provides support to Tauira Māori for academic, cultural and social needs from pre-enrolment through to graduation and beyond.

The role

We are looking for a permanent, full-time Kaitakawaeka - Community Liaison to join our team.

The purpose of this role is to connect, guide and engage with Tauira Māori who are currently studying or are intending to study at Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou - University of Otago by:

  • Providing quality recruitment presentations inclusive of whānau and wider communities.
  • Providing quality support services information for prospective and current Tauira Māori enrolled at the University, including advice on academic matters, accommodation, scholarship information, finances and career opportunities.

The person

We are looking for a dynamic person who can engage well with young people and their whānau. They will have a good knowledge of our secondary school sector, NCEA programme and understand a tertiary institution environment. They will have strong networks in our Māori community, be experienced in working in community and on marae and possess a sound knowledge and understanding of tikanga and te reo Māori.

Most importantly they will be passionate about supporting Māori tauira to be the very best they can be.

We are an equal opportunity employer who encourage and support ongoing training and staff development.

Your skills and experience

  • Commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • University degree or relevant qualification from a tertiary institution and knowledge of a university/tertiary environment.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of tikanga and Te Reo Māori.
  • Effective, strong, written, verbal and presentation skills - a sense of humour.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with internal and external networks.
  • Clear evidence of working in and fostering a 'team' approach in the workplace environment.
  • Proven leadership and motivational skills - engaging tauira.
  • Computer literate e.g. spreadsheets, internet and email.
  • Must be able to travel out of Dunedin and hold a full and current driver's licence.
  • Significant knowledge and experience in secondary education and knowledge of NCEA requirements.
  • Ability to work effectively with tauira, parents, whānau and teachers.

Further details

This is your opportunity to use the bond you have with tauira in order to make a difference in their lives, while also developing your career in an organisation committed to achieving equitable Māori participation and success rates in tertiary education.

This is a permanent, full-time position.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

Applications quoting reference number 2101037 will close on Sunday, 27 June 2021.


To see a full job description and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=2101037

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy. 
E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


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