23 Feb 2021

Full-Time Kaitakawaenga

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationDunedin, Otago, New Zealand

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Job Description


  • Permanent, full-time position
  • Based out of Dunedin – working in Coastal and Central Otago
  • We have a big and important job to do and we need your help
  • Make a real difference in children’s and young people’s lives
  • Work as part of a trans-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals

E kimihia ana he tangata kakama te wairua hei Kaitakawaenga. Mea hei ngā kaitono ki te whakaputa whakaaro, whakawhitiwhiti kōrero ki te tangata ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa nō hea. Me āhei nga kaitono ki te mahi i roto i te reo me te ao Māori. Me tino kaingākau ngā kaitono ki te whakatupu kaupapa e mahi tahi ai te Māori me te Pākeha. E tautoko ana mātou te kaupapa whakaōrite whiwhinga mahi. He turanga taumano ukiuki tēnei. Te tumanako kia timata taro ake nei te kopounga.

Help shape the future of education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

About this role

As a Kaitakawaenga you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by:

  • Working proactively with Māori tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau, hapū and iwi, educators and Learning Support colleagues to identify and eliminate barriers to access to learning support services for Māori students with learning support needs
  • Working collaboratively with whānau, educators, MOE colleagues and others to promote wellbeing and positive educational outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi Māori who require additional learning supports across all education settings
  • Addressing key outcomes for whānau in meetings with educators, MOE colleagues and other agencies
  • Developing cultural assessments and ensuring these are incorporated in plans which inform colleagues’ specialist practice
  • Working effectively as part of a trans-disciplinary team

About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent recognised prior learning
  • Te Reo me ōna tikanga, ability to build trusting relationships, communication and lived experience in Te Ao Māori settings, preferably in Ōtepoti or surrounding area
  • Ideally at least three years working in the community in Māori development or education, or teaching Te Reo Māori
  • A high level of competence and fluency in Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga and be able to link this expertise to work alongside colleagues and specialists
  • Ability to work effectively in Māori settings including kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, wharekura and whare wānanga.

What can we offer you?

We offer a competitive salary and terms and conditions.

In addition, our specialists tell us they value the following:

  • “The ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and their whānau and contribute to system wide change is a huge plus”
  • “The Ministry offers a strong community of practice and the support of a large organisation so I never feel isolated or alone”
  • “I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking”

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from a range of prior working backgrounds, who enrich our understanding of Māori experiences in education.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to Te Tiriti o Waitangi guiding principles in our work with and for Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the positon description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/676087_JobDesc.pdf

How to Apply

If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button. For further information, please contact Megan Fidler on 0274040263 or at megan.fidler@education.govt.nz. Applications close on Sunday, 14 March 2021.

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 80,000 - 100,000. Job expires in 15 days.

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