Otago Polytechnic

Current vacancies

Kaitautoko - Maori Learner Support

Dunedin City - Otago

Te Punaka Owheo

E ka mana, e ka reo, e ka rau rakatira ma, tena ra koutou katoa.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, proactive and committed team player to join Te Punaka Owheo in the provision of a professional, targeted and culturally appropriate service to Maori learners. 

In alignment with the six priorities of our Maori Strategic Framework, the Kaitautoko role is responsible for providing pastoral care, learning advice, guidance and support, contributing to a holistic student experience to Maori learners studying at Otago Polytechnic. An ability to relate to, build and maintain relationships with learners, while understanding their academic and personal needs is essential. Proficiency in te reo me ona tikaka Maori and a solid understanding of tertiary education are vital.

A key part of the role is to liaise internally with Colleges and Schools in order to enhance student retention and success, as well as with external organisations to further support Maori learners, therefore the ability to relate well to a diverse range of people is also crucial.

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

For specific information contact Rebecca Williams, Tumuaki, Te Punaka Owheo phone (03) 9727446.

For a position description and to apply visit our website.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 23 April 2018.

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Auckland International Campus Vacancies

Head of Department – English

Head of Department – Management

Head of Department – Post-Graduate Programmes

Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus (OPAIC) has experienced extraordinary growth as an innovative and high-energy organisation, delivering a range of programs that enhance student employability by focusing on experiential-learning principles, capability development, the highest academic standards, and building close relationships with industry.  We have vacancies for three Department Heads– English, Management, and Post Graduate programmes - to provide leadership to the respective academic department and actively contribute to the wider interests of the organisation. 

Reporting to the Academic Executive Director, you will

  • Be responsible for the academic leadership, management, quality of learning and teaching, research and new programme development, within your Department, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained. 
  • Ensure embedding of experiential learning principles (enquiry-based, project-based, and/or problem-based), and learner capability development, into the curriculum and teaching practices;
  • Ensure that academic staff have the capabilities necessary for teaching, research, and designing innovative programmes of learning;
  • Assume an academic load which will vary depending on business priorities but may include teaching, curriculum development and innovation, and research.

OPAIC wishes to encourage applicants with a well-established academic management record and strategic development experience. Your employment record should demonstrate an ability to engage effectively with members of staff, provide leadership, deliver an assurance of quality, and a passion for education.

For further information about the positions and to apply online go to the SEEK website:

Head of Department – English

Heads of Department   – Management, Post Graduate programmes