Senior Pacific Leader

Workforce Development Council

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga, the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). This is the largest vocational education transformation our generation has seen. One of the significant milestones is the formation of six new industry-led Workforce Development Councils (WDCs).  

The WDCs form an important part of the new unified vocational education system by ensuring industry has a stronger voice in making Aotearoa’s workforce fit for today, and for the future.  

The reforms are an opportunity to set up a new system that prioritises Māori and Pacific peoples to shift to more culturally responsive teaching and learning, where learners know they are valued.  

The Hāpaitia (Shared Services) entity has been created to support the six industry WDCs. 

Te āhua o Te Tūrunga – The nature of the position 

The Senior Pacific Leader is a unique leadership role that will see you provide cultural, strategic and qualification development advice that is culturally responsive to the needs of Pacific learners. Working closely with WDC Boards, CEs, managers, Pacific Fono, and Poumatua/ Manukura, you will ensure qualifications developed identify and address learning barriers for Pacific students. 

In collaboration with WDC Chief Executives and industry leaders, you will advise and address barriers to industry focused vocational training for Pacific peoples and work towards learning solutions and engagement that uplifts and enhances Pacific vocational learning. 

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako – Essential skills/experiences for the role 

You will be seen as a respected leader in the Pacific community, with the ability to lead transformational change and act as a senior Pacific representative in the vocational education ecosystem. Ideally you will have working knowledge of the vocational education sector, and be connected to sector industry, Pacific industry, business and employers, and Pacific communities.

To be considered for the role you will have: 

  • Experience in delivering Pacific cultural leadership and relationships at a senior strategic level 
  • Working knowledge of Pacific business/industry 
  • Experience with Crown-Pacific policy perspectives and frameworks 
  • Strong skills and experience in Pacific strategic engagement
  • Working knowledge of the Vocational Education sector is preferable 
  • You must have the right to live and work in NZ 
  • Be able to obtain relevant checks and clearances as/ if required (e.g. security clearance) 
  • Proficiency in Pacific cultures and ideally in a Pacific language 
  • An interest and understanding of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga would be highly beneficial. 

Responsibilities of this position are expected to change over time as the WDCs respond to changing needs. The incumbent will need the flexibility to adapt and develop as the environment evolves.  

Te tono – How to apply 

To apply or to enquire further in confidence to arrange a confidential conversation or email your up-dated CV and covering letter through to

Applications close: Monday 18 October 2021


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