Kaiawhina Māori/Māori Student Support Officer - Humanities

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent

Kaiawhina Māori/Māori Student Support Officer - Humanities-2201764



Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā!

Our division/Te Kete Aronui

Encompassing a diverse mix of disciplines and professional programmes, the Division of Humanities/Te Kete Aronui makes a vital contribution to research, teaching and learning at the University of Otago/Te Whare Wānanga o Otago.

It is comprised of seven academic units: the Faculty of Law/Te Kaupeka Tātai Ture, the College of Education/Te Kura Ākau Taitoka, Te Tumu: School of Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, the School of Geography/Te Ihowhenua, the School of Performing Arts/Te Kāhui Tau, the School of Social Sciences/Te Puna Pāpori and the School of Arts/Te Pae Takata.  

The Division offers over 40 undergraduate subjects and has just over 5,000 equivalent full-time students, including approximately 1,000 tauira Māori taking one or more papers in our Division, and close to 300 staff.

The role/Te mahi

We are looking for a Kaiāwhina Māori to join our team. You will support the Division of Humanities/Te Kete Aronui in achieving the goals of the University’s Māori Strategic Framework with a particular focus on supporting the retention and achievement of tauira Māori, through providing advice and facilitating access to services, resources, and assistance from the University.

Key tasks of the role include:
•    Acting as a point of contact and facilitating access to academic and pastoral care for tauira Māori in the Division.
•    Endeavouring to meet with all first year Māori students enrolled in the Division and encouraging their engagement with the Te Huka Mātauraka/the Māori Centre and things Māori at the University.
•    Liaising with academic programmes and support services with respect to issues relating to tauira Māori.
•    Advising the Manupiki Māori/Associate Dean Māori and Pro-Vice-Chancellor on issues of concern or opportunity relating to tauira Māori.
•    Working with the Manupiki Māori/Associate Dean Māori to support the implementation of Māori Strategic Framework in the Division.
•    Establishing and maintaining a network of appropriate student support contacts across the University and being up-to-date and familiar with services available.

This is your opportunity to make a difference while also developing your career in an organisation committed to achieving equitable Māori participation in tertiary education.

Your skills and experience/ Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

As a Kaiāwhina Māori you should have confidence in te reo me ngā tikanga Māori and an understanding of the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a tertiary context.

It is also essential to have:
•    A high level of experience in cultural settings such as on marae.
•    A track record of positive relationships with Māori communities and Māori organisations.
•    Project planning and implementation skills.
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

An understanding of and experience in tauira Māori networks at the University of Otago/ Te Whare Wānanga o Otago, would be an advantage.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a 33.75 hours per week, permanent position.  We can be flexible in how you decide to organise your working time within the mainstream support hours.

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

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Children Act 2014. Candidates who successfully make the final stages of the recruitment process may be required to undergo a safety check.

For further information on the safety check process please visit: Protection of Children

For further information, please contact Michelle Thompson-Fawcett via the contact details below.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2201764 will close on Sunday, 4 December 2022.

Additional Information

Note: The salary range for this role will be the pro-rata equivalent of the annual full-time salary range listed.

Contact: Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett

Position details: Job Description

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

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Salary Level and Range Level 5 (Range of Appointments $58,031 to $62,398, Top of Range $67,697)
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