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Join the team that’s building the
future of vocational education
in New Zealand

Help set the direction for quality learning to meet tomorrow’s needs

He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures 

Do you want be part of a new dynamic team, charged with reforming NZ's tertiary education system, putting learners at the very centre, increasing access for all, and ensuring equity for Māori?

Te Pūkenga is the new entity responsible for ensuring equity and excellence for all New Zealanders in the area of vocational education.  Its key functions include; improving outcomes for Māori and Māori communities in collaboration with Māori and iwi partners and stakeholders; improving the consistency of vocational education and training; meeting the needs of the regions of New Zealand and their learners, industries, employers and communities; ensuring that every learner receives what they need to be successful, and to improve outcomes in the tertiary education system as a whole.

Learner Journey and Experience

  • Multiple positions available

    Kaupapa

    The Implementation Lead will work with the network to ensure that initiatives are co-designed for pilot and scale to improve the experience and success for learners currently underserved by the system. They will bring experience and knowledge that engages and gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi as well as Pacific and disability discourses.

    Ngā Mahi

    This role will be responsible for:

    • Work with a diverse range of stakeholders, particularly close with members of the Learner Centred Design Network Forum as well as Project Managers and Coordinators in the wider team to ensure that the workstream deliverables are achieved to produce the desired results
    • Display outstanding influencing skills within both the network and external parties without any formal authority over those teams
    • Provide expert insights, enquiry, guidance and advice to guide the deliverables and internal and external stakeholder engagements
    • Continuous improvement, with evidence-based application, critical thinking, data analytics
    • Work with Project Managers and coordinators to ensure delivery of day-to-day work has the desired outcomes
    • Identify, advise and where appropriate, manage the escalation of any issues or facilitate the removal of barriers that are inhibiting successful delivery
    • Bring thought leadership and constructive challenge that advances our Learner Innovation team deliverables and meets the Charter of Te Pūkenga (Education and Training Act 2020) outcomes and expectations
    • Through personal example and leadership be an exemplar of the behaviours, attitudes and actions that will ensure the success of Te Pūkenga.

    Pūkenga

    To be successful in this role you will have:

    • Tertiary qualification in Communications and/or Project Management (or relevant experience)
    • At least 5 years relevant experience in project management/coordination or equivalent
    • Leadership experience with demonstrated expertise in building positive working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
    • Experience applying co-design and bi-cultural frameworks as well as working practice that gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and works in partnership with Pacific and disabled communities
    • Experience in setting both strategic and operational work programmes, with a strong understanding of the vocational education sector
    • Demonstrated expertise in implementation of projects and the associated disciplines of good project management, including budget management
    • Leading self-reflection and resilience skills as well as highly collaborative, team-approach mindset.

    Waiaro

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Highly proficient in building trusted relationships, influencing a wide range of people and co-designing with customers, employers, stakeholders and partners
    • Committed to and capable of co-designing with Māori, Pacific and disabled ākonga and communities in order to deliver exceptional and equitable outcomes
    • Passionate in the continuous pursuit of enabling ākonga/learner success; importantly for our underserved learners
    • Highly adaptive, Self-motivated, a natural problem solver and willing to apply your skills and contribution to a wide range of diverse needs 
    • Committed to the vocational education reform and the Charter of Te Pūkenga
    • A confident, values-based team player with a good sense of humour and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

     

    See the role profile here: Implementation Lead

    How to apply

    Our positions do not have a prescribed office location. We are a geographically dispersed team and we value you maintaining your community and whānau connections.  There will be travel throughout the motu including to the office of Te Pūkenga in Hamilton, but you will be able to work from home within Aotearoa when not travelling.

    This is a fixed term role through to 16 December 2022. Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm 6 October 2021.  All applicants must have current legal right to work in New Zealand to apply.

  • Kaupapa

    The Principal Advisor, Learner Journey and Experience will provide intellectual and people leadership for the delivery of high-quality research and evaluation advice as it relates to the findings and deliverables outcomes from Te Rito.  Reporting to the Kaikōkiri Director Learner and Whānau Engagement, the principal advisor will be responsible for ensuring the integration of Te Rito outcomes within Learner Journey and Experience and across Te Pūkenga Workstreams.

     

    Ngā Mahi

    This role will be responsible for:

    • Collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders and groups to bring together project and strategy development that give effect to the insights established in Te Rito
    • Support the Learner Journey and Experience team to enable integration of deliverables across the Te Pūkenga workstreams and network as required.
    • Ensure projects and deliverables are achieved on time, on budget and that give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Provide expert insights, guidance and advice to guide the approach and deliverables of the Learner Journey and Experience team as well as internal and external stakeholder engagements
    • Advocate for and enable stakeholder engagement and relationship management to enable evidence-based practice and deliverables
    • Ensure projects and deliverables are achieved on time, on budget and that give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Coordinate the management of issues or facilitate the removal of barriers that are inhibiting successful delivery
    • Display outstanding influencing skills within both the network and external parties without any formal authority over those teams
    • Through personal example and leadership be an exemplar of the behaviours, attitudes and actions that will ensure the success of Te Pūkenga.

     

    Pūkenga

    To be successful in this role you will have:

    • Experience developing strategy while prepared to independently ensure operational delivery
    • Strong experience in and knowledge of the vocational education sector in Aotearoa
    • Servant leadership mind-set, reflective of a customer-centric or people-centric workforce culture and strategy
    • Demonstrated evidence in building positive working relationships and project teams with a diverse range of stakeholders
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, advocacy, negotiation and relationship management
    • Strong problem solving with the ability to apply new thinking and develop innovative approaches
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Experience applying co-design and bi-cultural frameworks and a working practice that gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • Self-accountability for one's own resilience and positive mindset
    • Demonstrated expertise in delivery of projects and the associated disciplines of good project management, including financial/budget management.

     

    Waiaro

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Passionate in the continuous pursuit of enabling ākonga/learners’ success; particularly for our underserved learners
    • Highly adaptive and willing to apply your skills and contribution to a wide range of diverse needs 
    • Committed to the vocational education reform and the Charter of Te Pūkenga
    • Committed to and capable of partnering with others
    • A confident, values-based team player with a good sense of humour and excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • A life-long learner, continuously seeking development of oneself
    • Self-motivated and able to ensure work deliverables and benefits are met, within timeframes and to budget.

     

    See the role profile here: Principal Advisor

    How to apply

    Our positions do not have a prescribed office location. We are a geographically dispersed team and we value you maintaining your community and whānau connections.  There will be travel throughout the motu including to the office of Te Pūkenga in Hamilton, but you will be able to work from home within Aotearoa when not travelling.

    This is a fixed term role through to 16 December 2022. Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm 6 October 2021.  All applicants must have current legal right to work in New Zealand to apply.

  • Kaupapa

    The Governance Committee Lead provides professional, high-quality support and governance advice to the Interim Learner Advisory Committee and to the Council. This role supports the Director Learner and Whānau Engagement to ensure the management and coordination of the Learner Advisory Committee is on time, and on budget.

     

    Ngā Mahi

    This role will be responsible for:

    • Deliver the Governance workstream to meet Council’s statutory obligations, particularly in relation to the Education and Training Act and OIA.
    • Provide accurate, timely governance advice to the Learner Advisory Committee and staff as required.
    • Support delivery of the Committees representation arrangements and elections
    • Work with the Learner Advisory Committee and its Co-Chairs and relevant parts of the organisation to provide efficient and effective advice. Provide oversight of the coordination of committee members, travel bookings, preparation and distribution of agendas/papers, meeting coordination to ensure the smooth running of the advisory committee
    • Develop effective processes and procedures for this committee and work alongside the other governance roles within Te Pūkenga to ensure consistency of process and practice
    • Produce minutes to a high level of quality in a timely matter, along with managing the decisions record and actions register
    • Provide appropriate information and advice to internal and external customers interested and/or involved in governance meetings
    • Arrange materials and actively participate in on-boarding new committee members
    • Ensure quality assurance of all material going to the Council and/or sub- committees and provide feedback to authors/sponsors as necessary to ensure fit for purpose advice is presented
    • Develop, plan and manage the annual committee workplans, agendas and all information management process for meetings. Including maintaining the terms of reference and a systematic schedule for their review. 

     

    Pūkenga

    To be successful in this role you will have:

    • A tertiary qualification governance or related experience
    • High degree of computer literacy, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
    • Knowledge of tikanga Māori and demonstrated experience in applying this in the workplace, including organising bicultural and Māori Kaupapa
    • Ability to remain calm and collected in a pressure situation or when faced with change and is a settling influence on others
    • Governance experience, political awareness and skill in dealing with sensitive and confidential issues (including bi-cultural sensitivity)
    • Demonstrates initiative and takes action before being asked
    • Ability to quickly sense what will help or hinder the accomplishment of a goal and prioritise/reprioritise accordingly
    • Has the capacity to identify alternative solutions to resolve problems of moderate complexity
    • The ability to relate to a wide range of people at all levels.

     

    Waiaro

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Committed to the vision and purpose of Te Pūkenga and able to ensure mahi is aligned to Te Pae Tawhiti (Te Tiriti Excellence Framework)
    • A broad and innovative thinker, willing to challenge the status quo. Lead the design and implementation of fresh ideas that will deliver our aspirational future vision
    • Committed to and capable of partnering with Māori and other key stakeholders to deliver exceptional and equitable outcomes
    • An adaptable and flexible team player with a good sense of humour, with excellent communication and people skills
    • Detail conscious and continually strives for greater levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and minimisation of risk
    • Maintains a high standard of ethical practice, remaining fair, honest, reliable, and trustworthy in dealings with all people
    • Energetic, determined, and persistent with achieving outcomes
    • Unbiased and take a rational approach in all areas of their mahi.

     

    See the role profile here: Governance Lead

    How to apply

    Our positions do not have a prescribed office location. We are a geographically dispersed team and we value you maintaining your community and whānau connections.  There will be travel throughout the motu including to the office of Te Pūkenga in Hamilton, but you will be able to work from home within Aotearoa when not travelling.

    This is a fixed term role through to 16 December 2022. Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm 6 October 2021.  All applicants must have current legal right to work in New Zealand to apply.

Operations

  • He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures 

    Fixed term, flexible location
    Dynamic and agile environment

    Te Pūkenga

    Te Pūkenga - tēnei te ako, tēnei te tauira, tēnei te ara, tēnei te ahu, ka whakairihia ki te pae o whiti, maranga mai, he ora!

    Do you want be part of a new dynamic team, charged with reforming the tertiary education system for Aotearoa by putting learners at the very centre, increasing access for all, and ensuring equity for Māori?  

    Te Pūkenga, a place that awakens potential, shapes capability to drive excellence and supports a thriving Aotearoa.

    Kaupapa

    Reporting to the Strategic Māori Communications Lead, the Māori Communications Advisor will provide expert communications advice and support to the wider Communications and Marketing team and Te Pūkenga more broadly, as well as contributing to the implementation of a strategic Māori Communication approach.

    Ngā Mahi

    This role will be responsible for:

    • Supporting giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all communications.
    • Supporting the Communications and Marketing team with practical application of Te Pae Tawhiti (Tiriti excellence framework) through all communications.
    • Liaising with external stakeholders, to ensure alignment with our agreed approach.
    • Contributing to tikanga Māori support surrounding practices and protocols that Te Pūkenga is engaged in, through the communications lens.
    • Assisting with a range of general communications and engagement activities, to support the team more broadly with a full work programme, including writing and editing for a range of communications platforms and channels
    • Playing a support role to at least one major workstream, ensuring coordination and integration with other workstreams.

    Pūkenga

    To be successful in this role you will have:

    • At least 3 years’ experience in a communications role
    • Understanding and experience in developing and implementing communications and engagement with Māori and iwi/and or Pasifika
    • Demonstrated confidence and proficiency with both written and spoken Te Reo , Tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
    • A tertiary qualification in communications, marketing, or related field
    • Strong writing and editing, with outstanding attention to detail
    • Ability to use a range of modern technology platforms
    • Experience in building positive working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and get along well with others.

    Waiaro

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Highly adaptive and willing to apply your skills and contribution to a wide range of diverse needs
    • Engaged and dedicated to the opportunities of the vocational education reform, together with the commitments sought in the Charter for Te Pūkenga, including Te Pae Tawhiti (Tiriti Excellence Framework)
    • Committed to and capable of partnering with others, especially iwi – welcoming and enabling the inclusion of all and providing for equitable opportunities in consideration of those disadvantaged or previously excluded
    • A confident, values-based team player with a good sense of humour and excellent communication and people skills.

    See the role profile here: Māori Communications Advisor

    How to apply

    Our positions do not have a prescribed office location. We are a geographically dispersed team and we value you maintaining your community and whānau connections.  There will be travel throughout the motu including to the office of Te Pūkenga in Hamilton, but you will be able to work from home within Aotearoa when not travelling.

    This is a fixed term role through to 16 December 2022. Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm 26 September.  All applicants must have current legal right to work in New Zealand to apply.

  • Kaupapa

    The purpose of the Financial Accountant is to assist the Finance Manager to ensure that Te Pūkenga has sound financial, accounting and internal control policies, systems and processes.

    Ngā Mahi

    This role will be responsible for:

    • Preparation of monthly financial information and management reports for Te Pūkenga Parent – including Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow statements Preparation of monthly project reports for project managers
    • Monthly Reconciliation of balance sheet accounts and key P & L accounts for Finance Manager review
    • Preparation of payroll journals, general ledger journals, monthly accrual/prepayment journals
    • Providing support for Cost Centre managers regarding budgets, forecasts and management of expenditure
    • Provide back up support for Assistant Accountant
    • Assistance in preparation of annual statements and audit processes
    • Provide support in investigation of variances, preparation of budgets, forecasts and sensitive expenditure report
    • Ensure tax and statutory reporting compliance and that all payments are made on time
    • Assist with preparation of Te Pūkenga annual budgets and consolidation of group budgets
    • Provide other support for Finance Manager, Director Finance and Executive Leadership as required

    Pūkenga

    • To be successful in this role you will have:
    • Accountancy qualification, including membership of CAANZ or equivalent
    • Relevant experience working in commercial or government sector finance roles for at least 3 years
    • Intermediate Microsoft Office (Excel & Word) skills
    • Experience working in a similar environment desirable but not essential
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability in developing relationships across a business
    • Financial/budget management
    • Strong commercial acumen
    • Resilient, business minded and collaborative
    • Proven experience in supporting the business through change and transformation.

     

    Waiaro

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Able to engage and build positive working relationships across all levels
    • Resilient, business minded and collaborative
    • Highly adaptive and willing to apply your skills and contribution to a wide range of diverse needs
    • Engaged and dedicated to the opportunities of the vocational education reform, together with the commitments sought in the Charter for Te Pūkenga, including Te Pae Tawhiti (Tiriti Excellence Framework)
    • Committed to and capable of partnering with others – welcoming and enabling the inclusion of all and providing for equitable opportunities in consideration of those disadvantaged or previously excluded 
    • A confident, values-based team player with a good sense of humour and excellent communication and people skills.

    See the role profile here: Financial Accountant
     

    How to apply

    Our positions do not have a prescribed office location. Our preference is for this position to be based in, Kirikiriroa or Tāmaki Makaurau (Hamilton or Auckland).  However, we are a geographically dispersed team, and we value you maintaining your community and whānau connections.  Flexible location of work may be considered where the needs of the role can still be met.

    This is a fixed term role through to 16 December 2022. Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm 26 September 2021.  All applicants must have current legal right to work in New Zealand to apply.

Programme Management Office

  • Programme Coordinator

    He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures 

    Full-time, flexible location
    Dynamic and agile environment

    Kaupapa

    The Programme Coordinator will support the Programme Management Office (PMO) staff to manage and coordinate the PMO to support Te Pūkenga programmes of work.  This includes all tasks that enable deliverables to be achieved on time, to budget and producing the desired results.  The Programme Coordinator will also support the PMO to ensure updates, reporting, plans and documentation are completed on time, and are documented appropriately.

    Ngā Mahi

    This role will be responsible for:

    • Contributing to the timely delivery, monitoring and reporting of team workplans as needed
    • Assisting the PMO to prepare the workstream programme and plans and progress and produce regular reports as required
    • Maintaining the team risk register as required; identify and advise the Programme Manager of any issues and risks
    • Developing systems and processes that contribute to team effectiveness and workstream efficiency; provide support and training to project coordinators
    • Liaising on behalf of the PMO with Te Pūkenga directorates, team members and key stakeholders in coordination of programme delivery
    • Ensuring that activities relating to the team’s work are planned and performed correctly and are within agreed tolerances
    • Supporting the PMO to induct new team staff to systems and processes that support the work programme.

     

    Pūkenga

    To be successful in this role you will have:

    • Knowledge and experience base from the Vocational Education sector
    • Proven ability to contribute to significant projects from design to successful delivery
    • Demonstrated experience of at least 3 years, in or exposure to a range of project and change methodologies (such as Agile, Waterfall, PROSCI)
    • Excellent relationship management skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Solid organisational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.

     

    Waiaro

    The successful candidate will be:

    • Highly efficient and organised, with attention to detail, able to multi-tasks and priortise effectively, working well under pressure
    • Committed to the Reform of Vocational Education and the Charter of Te Pūkenga, including Te Pae Tawhiti (Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework)
    • A problem solver with a can-do attitude
    • Committed to and capable of partnering with others, works well in a team, taking an inclusive approach but also able to work independently
    • An adaptable and flexible team player with a good sense of humour, with excellent communication and people skills
    • Passionate in the continuous pursuit of enabling ākonga/learners success.

    See the role profile here: Programme Coordinator

    How to apply

    Our positions do not have a prescribed office location. We are a geographically dispersed team and we value you maintaining your community and whānau connections.  There will be travel throughout the motu including to the office of Te Pūkenga in Hamilton, but you will be able to work from home within Aotearoa when not travelling.

    This is a fixed term role through to 16 December 2022. Please send your CV and cover letter to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm 3 October.  All applicants must have current legal right to work in New Zealand to apply.

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