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Principal Organisational Development Adviser

Principal Organisational Development Adviser (854) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you have extensive knowledge in OD disciplines either directly or indirectly?
  • Are you able to understand and enable diverse viewpoints and can effectively work with stakeholder groups?
  • Have you got a proven track record of successfully designing and implementing strategic solutions that positively contribute to the experience of staff?

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

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Principal Organisational Development Adviser on a permanent, full-time contract. As a Principal (OD) Adviser, your portfolio includes Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) with the strategic initiative for Anti Racism. Operating as an advocate and role model, you will be responsible for providing advice and leading university-wide EDI initiatives.

To achieve in this role, you will: 

  • Establish coaching and mentoring relationships within our OD Team.
  • Lead the work of the Anti-Racism initiative.
  • Provide relevant and strategic advice across the University.
  • Build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In essence, this will involve building community, bringing people together to effect change, and evaluating progress towards a positive, inclusive culture. 

Ō pūmanawa - About you

To deliver in this role you will be able to draw from a strong specialist knowledge of how to apply equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and best practice. 

Key Requirements:  

  • Extensive experience in OD disciplines either directly or indirectly.
  • Proven track record of successfully designing and implementing strategic solutions that positively contribute to the experience of staff.
  • Experience of successful coaching relationships.
  • Extensive and proven successful project management experience.

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

This is an enriching opportunity for someone who has a strong foundation in Organisational Development with a specialist interest in EDI. If you are seeking a role that will have a lasting impact on the future, we’d love to hear from you. Have a read of our draft role description, which is currently under consultation. 

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 22 April 2024 - We will be reviewing applications as they are received and may progress with suitable applicants prior to the application closing date.

We can only consider applicants who are citizens or residents of New Zealand or Australia or on a current working visa.

Contact Details for Vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Ang Bingham, Deputy Director People & Capability ( 

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form, please include the position title and reference number (Principal OD Adviser, 854).

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format). Click Apply and follow the process to enter your contact details and attach your combined file (CV, cover letter and the University application form) using the "CV/Resume" button.

If you are unable to combine your documents or have further supporting documents, please email these to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.