Masters in Māori and Indigenous Leadership Director

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Mar 2023

Aotahi: School of Māori and Indigenous Studies

College of Arts, University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand


  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position


Kei ngā maunga, kei ngā moana, kei ngā awa, kei ngā mana e tau mai nei, tēnā koutou katoa! Tēnei te karanga o Te Whare o Aotahi ki a koutou, nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai. Tēnei mātou e noho iho nei kei ngā pae a Māui e mihi atu nei ki a koutou. Puritia, poipoia te aho i tukuna mai e rātou, nāwai rā, ka tākiri mai nei tōna au, me ōna hua. Mā mātou o Te Whare o Aotahi koutou e akiaki, e wero anō hoki kia ekengia ngā taumata e wawatatia nei e tātou.


What You Will Do
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Director to contribute to the operational leadership of the mixed mode delivery for the Master of Māori and Indigenous Studies Programme (MMIS), fundamentally kaupapa Māori. This Leadership programme grew from long standing aspirations to grow Māori and Indigenous leadership to contribute to a forty million economy in Aotearoa. As a kaupapa Māori programme, it is imperative that there is the appropriate structure to manaaki and to deliver the cultural needs of the programme as a whole. The Director will oversee the coordinating, administration, and the overall smooth running of the programmes which has recently launched a range of initiatives to strengthen our relationships, contributions and service to Māori and Indigenous communities, including a Masters in Māori and Indigenous Leadership, enabling students to work on real projects emerging from Iwi Māori organisations.


Who You Are
To be successful in this role you will have and Master's degree, and:

  • extensive experience in project management, including working within Māori communities, organisations or sector
  • kaupapa maori design and delivery knowledge
  • event management experience, including culturally specific events - the tikanga and kawa of Māori events
  • proficiency in te reo Māori
  • excellent interpersonal and networking skills.

We are seeking a candidate who shares our commitment for contributing to Māori aspirations and will provide leadership in advancing the impact of our programmes and related research with and for Māori communities.


Who You Will Work With
You will work with a warm and supportive te reo Māori teaching team within the Aotahi whanau. Aotahi is in a dynamic phase, having recently launched a range of initiatives to strengthen our relationships, contributions and service to Māori and Indigenous communities.

For more information about our team, please visit us at Māori & Indigenous Studies

Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO ) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: 12 March 2023 (midnight, NZ time)


How You Apply
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Due to current border restrictions, you must have New Zealand Citizenship/Residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.

Job Details
Reference # 11990
Posted on 07 Mar 2023
Closes on 12 Mar 2023 23:55
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise Administration
Job level(s) Management
Work type(s) Continuing (Permanent) full-time
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