Otago Polytechnic

Current vacancies

Generalist Student Adviser - two positions

Central Campus

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Student Success seek enthusiastic, proactive and committed team players to join our team in the provision of a professional, targeted and culturally appropriate service to all learners. We have opportunities for two permanent positions - one full-time and one part-time at 20 hours per week.

Based at our Central Campus in Cromwell you will have a key role in positively contributing to maintaining a learning environment that supports learner's success through well-being, pastoral care and academic, personal and social needs. 

You will have rich experience working with youth and the skills and confidence to provide meaningful support to them across the diversity of their experiences.    An ability to relate to, build and maintain relationships with tauira (learners), while understanding their academic and personal needs is essential.  A proven ability to engage quickly, build rapport with others, including the wider community, is desired, as is the ability to nurture and maintain professional relationships with external agencies who might also support our learners.  

A key part of the role is to liaise internally with programmes in order to enhance learner retention and success, as well as with external organisations to further support all learners, therefore the ability to relate well to a diverse range of people is vital.

Applicants must hold a relevant tertiary qualification and be experienced in an academic learning support / pastoral care or professional services role previously. Previous experience in a tertiary educational setting would be an advantage.

For specific information contact Patricia Quensell, 0800 762 786 or patricia.quensell@op.ac.nz   

For a position description or to apply please click on the link below.  Please indicate your preference in the full-time or part-time role both in your cover letter. 

Applications close 5pm Monday 26 April 2021.


Client Services Administrator

Central Campus

Permanent, full-time

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We are looking for a dynamic person to join our operations team who will provide an outstanding customer service experience to tauira (learners), staff and visitors at our Central Campus.

Based in Cromwell, our preferred candidate will be a highly organised administrative professional who understands great customer service and has word processing, and spreadsheet skills.  This person will have a positive and productive team attitude including the drive to be a highly functioning member of a self-leading team and a sense of humour.

An understanding of cultural diversity and experience working in the tertiary education sector would be an advantage.

For specific information contact Barbara Emmitt phone 0800 765 9276 

For a position description or to apply please click on the link below. 

Applications close 5pm, Tuessday 20 April 2021


School Administrators - multiple positions - part-time and full-time

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We seek enthusiastic, dynamic, proactive, and detail focused administrators to provide outstanding experiences and service to tauira (learners) and staff. We have several opportunities available at our Dunedin Campus:

1. School of Midwifery, permanent, full-time

2. College of Work Based Learning, permanent, full-time and part-time options available - please specify how many hours you would like to work each week

3. Allied Trades, permanent, full-time

4. Academic Administrator, Dunedin School of Art, permanent, 18.75 hours per week 

5. School of Nursing, permanent, full-time

Our preferred candidates will be highly organised, experienced, committed people who are looking for a challenge.  They will have highly developed interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, a positive and productive team attitude including the drive to be a highly functioning member of a high-performing team.    They will have outstanding relationship building skills which are customer-centred.

The roles require excellent skills in MS office products specifically word processing,  spreadsheet and database use is essential, as are multitasking skills and strong problem-solving abilities.  The successful candidates will be able to manage time effectively and be actively committed to ensuring timely services of the highest quality are consistently provided.   Having previous secretariat skills in committee organisation and minute taking would be desirable.

The successful candidates will be part of the administration teams in each area providing frontline support to our tauira and administration support to our academic colleagues.   A relevant qualification in office administration at level 4 or equivalent experience in business administration is required. 

An understanding of cultural diversity and the ability to work with a variety of customers, along with familiarity of the tertiary education sector would be an advantage for both roles.

Preferred hours of work for all part-time roles can be negotiated and flexibility is available to suit the preferred candidates.

To apply please click on the link. Please indicate in your application which position/s and or hours of work you are applying for.

For specific information and copies of position descriptions not showing please contact Vanya Thurston 0800 762 786 or vanya.thurston@op.ac.nz

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 18 April 2021.


Disability Support Adviser

Part-time (20 hrs), fixed term until December 2022

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We seek a Disability Adviser to join our team at Student Success where you will implement inclusive support systems, as well as build independence and opportunities for tauira (learners). 

You will provide information, support and guidance to prospective learners and current learners whose disability or impairment impacts on how they study and learn. You will work collaboratively with learners, academic staff and other support services to try to ensure the best possible outcomes for learners. 

Ideally you will have experience of supporting learners and/or adults, including those with sensory impairment, in an education or community setting. You will have the ability to assess the learning support needs of learners with physical, sensory, learning, psychological impairment or illness and specific learning challenges and be able to use this information to provide advice and devise learning support strategies for students.

You will have a Bachelor’s degree level or a higher qualification in a relevant discipline such as Counselling, Social Services, Social Work, Disability, Occupational Therapy or equivalent.

You will have experience of assessing the support needs of learners with disabilities/impairments

Experience of working in the health and disability sector is desirable as is working experience in a tertiary environment

For a position description or to apply please click on the link

For specific information contact Patricia Quensell, 021735100.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 18 April 2021.