Kaiakiaki Māori Engagement Advisor

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Two Āwhina Kaiakiaki/Māori Engagement Advisor's, full-time, permanent
  • Bring your passion for improving educational achievement
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to give back whilst developing themselves

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Āwhina is located within the Office of the DVC Māori. The role of Āwhina is to provide cultural and academic support programmes to enhance the retention and achievement of Māori students studying at Te Herenga Waka (Victoria University of Wellington). In addition, Āwhina provides a robust outreach programme designed to encourage and motivate Māori students to consider tertiary education as a career path.

This role will be focused on increasing the participation, retention and degree completion of Māori students at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington. You will work with a team of Māori Advisors within a Māori environment to develop and deliver academic and non-academic support whilst motivating and enriching students through their studies. Together with high-quality record keeping and performance tracking for students, you will develop and maintain relationships with teaching staff, professional staff and community stakeholders.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

Sound knowledge and understanding of Te Reo Māori, Tikanga Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and experience working within the tertiary sector is advantageous. As a highly organised, innovative and self-motivated individual, you will have proven experience of collaboration and communication across diverse cohorts. Exceptional time management, data analysis and report writing whilst maintaining a high standard of customer service is a must.

Key requirements:

  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • A high level of interpersonal skills through relationship management, advocacy and negotiation
  • Proven experience in a relevant educational role such as academic learning support, teaching and mentoring
  • Advanced knowledge of Office 365 Suite, record management and data analysis

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is fast-paced, likes sharing ideas, and working in a collaborative style. We offer you flexible working arrangements, learning and development programs for Te Reo Māori, and job-sharing options. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to give back whilst developing themselves.

Download the role description from our careers site.

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Ani Eparaima (ani.eparaima@vuw.ac.nz) but applicants should follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

Click the Apply Now button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form. 

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you're a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to erecruit@vuw.ac.nz stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Thursday, 29 July 2021.

Reference 1766.

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