Refugee Background Student Adviser

  • Kelburn
  • Permanent
  • Fri Sep 8 03:16:43 2023
  • 70

  • Do you value the wellbeing of students and are looking for a permanent, part-time role?
  • Have you got experience and passion for supporting students from refugee backgrounds?
  • Are you talented at building relationships with stakeholders and delivering engaging events?

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 Kaiārahi Tauira Konene | Refugee Background Student Adviser to join the Manawa Ora | Student Wellbeing team on a part-time, permanent contract. The role will be responsible for supporting students with refugee backgrounds during their time studying.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and report on an annual plan that aligns with the University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Framework.
  • Collaboratively plan, promote, deliver, and evaluate events that are engaging for refugee background students, and build community both internally and externally.
  • Provide strengths-based and holistic 1:1 support to students, including referrals to relevant student services and student representative groups.
  • Provide high level refugee background student feedback to the Te Pūrengi Directorate, faculties, and schools to promote inclusive practices across the University.
  • Contribute to aspects of the Pastoral Care Code related to the work of Manawa Ora and this role.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will have experience in working with refugee background communities and responding to their diverse needs with empathy and commitment to their wellbeing and academic journey.

You will be highly organised and a clear communicator who is reliable, professional, and able to work autonomously in a sole role with the support of the immediate team and other equity focused teams. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to build positive rapport and trust quickly with stakeholders.

Preference may be given to applicants with lived refugee background experiences.

Key Requirements:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification.
  • Commitment to application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in an educational context.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with refugee background communities and referring appropriately for positive outcomes.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries.
  • Proven experience in presenting/facilitating, event planning and evaluation, promotion, delivery, and engagement to build community.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

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

Manawa Ora prioritises the wellbeing of its staff and is committed to creating an environment in which everyone can thrive in their roles. We are inclusive, innovative, and dedicated to meeting student needs while they are studying. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to work with the refugee background community in a tertiary context.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy: 2 October 2023

Unfortunately, applications from those without the right to work in New Zealand cannot be considered.

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

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Then, please combine your cover letter, CV, and the University Application Form into a single file (preferably in pdf format).

Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert. 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 have any issues uploading your application, please email the completed application form, cover letter and CV to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.