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Principal Adviser - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Victoria University


  • Do you have experience in leading and facilitating the achievement of equity, diversity and inclusion outcomes?
  • Are you able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders?
  • Do you have a sound understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications for Tertiary Education?

Mo 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 turangawaewae, 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 matauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Korero mo te turanga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Principal Advisor Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to join the Organisational Development team. The role will be responsible for providing advice, leading university-wide EDI initiatives and evaluating progress towards the achievement of an inclusive culture and positive equity outcomes. This is a senior influencing leadership role reporting to the Associate Director Organisational Development.

Key responsibilities:

  • To provide advice and guidance to a range of stakeholders so that they can foster a university-wide culture and environment that is inclusive and enables the achievement of positive equity outcomes
  • To develop university-wide solutions to complex EDI challenges
  • To deliver training programmes and continuous education initiatives to increase cultural awareness, promote understanding of diversity and inclusion issues, and enhance staff skill base, knowledge, and cultural intelligence
  • To track and evaluate the effectiveness of EDI initiatives and programmes to ensure they remain fit for purpose and contribute to the achievement of the University's strategy and goals

O pumanawa - About you

You will have deep experience in facilitating agreement of Equity Diversity and Inclusion aspirations and clarifying goals across a wide variety of stakeholders. You will have strong relationship-building skills and be energised though engaging with a variety of stakeholders and partnering with HR colleagues, leadership teams, and equity groups to deliver across university programmes. Your drive to track, measure and evaluate progress will be a huge asset as we enhance and deepen our university-wide commitment to creating a culture that enables Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

To deliver in this unique 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:

  • Demonstrated experience in leading and facilitating the achievement of EDI outcomes in a complex, multi-stakeholder and multi-cultural environment
  • Highly developed advisory skills, including communication, relationship management, collaboration, facilitation, influence and lateral thinking
  • A deep understanding of equity group needs, including Maori, Pacific, disability, rainbow, refugee
  • Understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications for Tertiary Education

Etahi korero hai awhina i a koe - Why you should join our team

Our team is strategic and yet pragmatic and deeply values collaboration and cares about improving employees experiences at work. We offer you flexible working arrangements, learning and development programs for Te reo Maori, and job-sharing options. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who has a strong foundation in EDI programme delivery and evaluation, and is keen to have a lasting impact on the future.

Role Description

Contact details for vacancy: If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Michelle Clarke EA to HR Director +64 4 463 5272 and [email protected] but applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form.

Click the apply now button and 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 [email protected] stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Monday, 22 November 2021.

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