Senior Pacific Advisor

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 05 Jun 2023

Pacific Knowledge & Culture Hub: Pacific Development Team
Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position
  • Generous annual leave provisions and professional development opportunities

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Senior Pacific Advisor Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
The role of Senior Pacific Advisor is to enhance the retention, achievement and completion rates of Pacific students at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. This will be done through the provision of effective student advice and pastoral care support, and the delivery of cohort specific programmes, projects and events.

Mōu | Who You Are
A successful candidate will have a minimum of 5-6 years' experience including:

  • Understanding of the academic, social, and cultural needs of Pacific students within a tertiary and secondary environment.
  • Minimum of 2 years management experience.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills
  • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Experience in a team environment and achieving outcomes.
  • Excellent organisation skills and the ability to work under pressure on multiple tasks and to deadlines
  • Must be able to work after hours or outside normal working hours when required
  • Experience in statistical analysis and report writing
  • Experience dealing with pacific support networks and agencies
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Competence in MS Office applications
  • Experience in creating and delivering new programmes, events and projects.
  • Excellent innovation skills and creatively
  • Competency in a Pacific language or customs
  • Active commitment to upholding the values, tikanga (protocols and processes), kawa (rules) of cultural practice and traditions as guided by mana whenua, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and valuing te reo Māori.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
Under the leadership of the Director, Pacific Development, the Senior Pacific Advisor will lead the team of Pacific Advisors within the Pacific Development Team (PDT) that provides extensive support, opportunities, programmes, and events for Pacific students at UC as well as some initiatives for UC staff and the wider community.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
In 2023 UC is celebrating 150 years of accessible education.  The past, the present and the future are intertwined. For more information on our 150th Anniversary visit us here.

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here .

We are committed to accessible higher education, service to the 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.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit


The closing date for this position is: 5 June 2023 (midnight, NZ time)
Please note, applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews may take place before the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted via 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

You must have Aotearoa New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent 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 # 15512
Posted on 22 May 2023
Closes on 05 Jun 2023 23:55
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise Student Services
Job level(s) Experienced
Work type(s) Continuing (Permanent) full-time
More details (document) Senior Pacific Advisor PD May 23..pdf
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