Te Kaiwhakauru - Youth and Community Development

Ara Institute of Canterbury

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Canterbury

Te Kaiwhakauru - Youth and Community Development

City campus

Full-time, permanent

  • Do you have a passion for education?
  • Have you organised and presented at events?
  • Join us to promote and deliver the Ara experience!

Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd 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.

Ara is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga, Ara has a strong commitment to improving outcomes for Māori. Becoming a Tiriti lead institution is an important foundation step we have identified in progressing toward achieving meaningful partnered approaches in our ways of operating.

Working with us you can expect your knowledge of Māori culture to be valued and supported in your role. You will be invited to connect with other colleagues, participate in and learn more about Māori culture, become an agent for biculturalism and our shared mission of improving outcomes for all our learners.

The Engagement team is part of the broader Customer Experience and Engagement Division, which draws together the many aspects of student support and engagement across the organisation in order to achieve an integrated and collaborative institutional response to all prospective, current and past students. Teams work collaboratively across the Division and institution to enhance the overall student experience, student wellbeing and academic and vocational success. It is the responsibility of the Division to facilitate specialist interventions to support target groups in line with the Ara strategic goals and key Government targets, including Māori, Pasifika, Youth (under 25 years), International and refugee and migrant students.

The role

We are looking for someone to join the team as 'Te Kaiwhakauru - Youth and Community'. You will be the connection between Ara and prospective students, particularly rangatahi, playing a key part in promoting and delivering the full Ara experience through a range of innovative direct engagement activities throughout New Zealand. Your focus will be on meeting organisational recruitment targets with a focus on increasing Māori participation. To do this you will work with rangatahi in kura, clubs, organisations and youth agencies to inform them about Ara and the wide range of study options and support services available to them. You will ensure your targeted recruitment activity is aligned to tikanga Māori protocols.

In this role you will share your passion for education, presenting, inspiring and motivating others. A connection and knowledge of Ara is desirable and you will demonstrate a strong commitment to delivering the vision and values of Ara. Ideally you will be fluent in Te Reo Māori and have strong networks and connections with kaiako, groups, organisations and others who work closely with young Māori. You will need to be available for travel outside Christchurch for specific periods of time during the year and be able to work some evenings and weekends to attend events and expos.


  • Tertiary level qualification or equivalent experience
  • Fluency in Te Reo Māori and experience working with rangatahi preferred
  • Strong presentations skills
  • An emphasis on customer service
  • A 'can and will do' attitude
  • Enthusiastic about promoting our programmes
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Work well in a team and at times under pressure

You will also have a friendly, positive and engaging approach, and thrive in a busy role within a proactive and dynamic team. You will also have a full current New Zealand driver's licence.


We offer and encourage professional and skill development. Enjoy excellent employment conditions, a great central city location and access to modern on-site facilities including gym/recreation centre with free staff yoga and group fitness sessions, library, visions on campus restaurant, two childcare centres and a health centre.

To apply

We accept applications via our online application system. For a job description and/or to apply online please visit http://www.ara.ac.nz/about-us/work-at-ara

If you have any queries in relation to the vacancy or application process, please contact the People and Culture team via PeopleandCulture@ara.ac.nz or 03 940 8623.

Emailed applications will not be considered.

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