Kaiarahi/Māori Student Coordinator

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Job Type: Permanent

Kaiarahi/Māori Student Coordinator -2300827



Mō te tīma/About our team

Join the Māori Health Workforce Development Unit (MHWDU) at the University of Otago and help make a positive impact on Māori health and education. 

We are a friendly and passionate team dedicated to increasing the number of Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand's health workforce. If you are enthusiastic about supporting Māori students, advancing Māori education and Māori health outcomes, we want to hear from you!

Te mahi/The role

As a Kaiārahi (Assistant Programme Coordinator), you will support the delivery of our Tū Tauira Hauora programme. This programme is designed to foster the retention and achievement of Māori students pursuing health sciences degrees at the University of Otago.

Your responsibilities will include providing tailored academic and wellbeing support, coordinating captivating professional/cultural development events and academic tutorials, and forging meaningful connections (whakawhanaungatanga) with/between Māori students, university staff, and community groups.

Key tasks:
•    Identifying and assessing support needs of Māori students within the Health Science Division's degree programmes.
•    Identifying and recruiting skilled tutors/demonstrators to enhance student learning and development.
•    Tracking and monitoring the progress of Māori students, ensuring accurate and up-to-date student records and data management.
•    Contributing to the planning, coordination, and successful implementation of hui, wānanga and professional development opportunities for Māori students.
•    Reporting on student progress to the MHWDU, providing valuable insights for program improvement and development.
•    Encouraging student participation and utilisation of services and programs offered by the Māori Centre and other University staff.

Your valuable contributions will extend beyond day-to-day operations, as you will participate in monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the Tū Tauira Hauora programme. You will also have the opportunity to lend your expertise to other exciting MHWDU programmes and collaborative team initiatives.

Kā pūkeka me kā wheako/Your skills and experience

We are looking for a positive, friendly, approachable person who can relate and build relationships with tertiary students, staff, Māori communities and health workforce organisations.

Successful candidates will also have:
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively across multiple projects.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
•    Strong verbal and written communication, including report writing, skills.
•    Experience planning and facilitating activities and events.
•    The ability to meet deadlines and complete tasks in a timely and professional manner.
•    Competency in use of the Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel for report generation and analysis.
•    Some flexibility for after-hours work (agreed in advance).
•    Proficiency in te reo Māori me ōnā tikanga is desired but not essential.
•    A tertiary qualification and demonstrated understanding of the tertiary sector is desired but not essential.

Pūroko/Further details

If you feel confident in fostering a culturally-responsive and safe environment that values and supports all Māori students, we warmly encourage you to apply.

This is a fixed term position for one year. The role is available part-time 0.5 FTE (18.75 hours) minimum, to full-time (37.5 hours), negotiable.  

Days and hours of work will be negotiated. Some after hours and weekend work will be required from time to time.

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

For more information, please contact Sam Feeney via the contact details below.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button. Applications should quote reference number 2300827.

There is no formal closing date for this vacancy. Applications will be reviewed as submitted and candidates may be invited to interview immediately. The University reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time

Additional Information

Note: If appointed as a part-time position, the salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.

Contact: Sam Feeney     Tel: +64 3 470 3593

Position details: Job Description

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

Primary Location
Employment Status
 Fixed Term 
Salary Level and Range Level 5 (Range of Appointments $65,281 to $69,648, Top of Range $74,947)
 Health Sciences Divisional Office
Job Function
 Advice, Support and Welfare

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