Pasifika Engagement Adviser (947) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Are you looking for a position that can help make a difference to the success and retention of Pasifika students undertaking either an Arts or Education degree? 
  • Do you have a degree, and experience dealing with Pacific people? 
  • Do you enjoy working in a culturally diverse, collaborative and engaging environment?

Tālofa lava, mālō e lelei, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu, ni sa bula vinaka, kia ora.

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Reporting to the Manager, Pasifika Student Success Team, you will directly support Pasifika students who are undertaking tertiary study.  You will undertake activities that increase the engagement of students and ensure that Pasifika students are receiving all the support they need to succeed.  Your work with the Faculty and using established methods of holistic support practices, and academic support programmes, means that your work will contribute to both the achievement and ongoing retention of Pasifika students in the education and the arts programmes.  This is a high profile and high value role, and Victoria is committed to improving the outcomes for Pasifika students.  

We are looking to appoint a person to this role that will be predominantly based in the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Wellington Faculty of Education.  This is a permanent fulltime role (37.5 hours per week) that may involve regular evening work. This will be discussed and confirmed with the successful applicant upon appointment.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

The Pasifika Student Success Team operates in a culturally responsive manner to support both students and faculty staff, and we are looking for someone who has high levels of cultural competence.  While an Arts or Education degree is desirable, consideration may be given if you have broad experience in supporting students with academic study.  Your knowledge of the challenge of studying at university, coupled with your competence in dealing with Pacific cultural issues will make you ideal for this position.

If you are a good communicator with flexibility, enthusiasm and desire to support the academic achievement of Pasifika students studying Humanities and Social Sciences (Arts) and Education at Victoria University, this is the opportunity you are looking for.

Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is committed to increasing the level of participation and achievement by Pasifika students through excellent quality, relevant teaching and learning experiences. We take a pan-university approach to collaboration with academic and professional staff, students, alumni and their families and communities.

Role description

Close Date for Vacancy: 29 October 2021

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Aaron Nonoa (  But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form. Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

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