Senior Engagement Specialist

Fixed term, full-time

Te Whanganui-a-Tara

  • Are you an experienced Senior Engagement Specialist looking for a new short-term opportunity?
  • Do you want to use your skills to support meaningful change for the mokopuna of Aotearoa?
  • We want to hear from you! Tono mai!

Mō mātou | About us

Mana Mokopuna - Children and Young People's Commission (the Commission) advocates for all 1.2 million mokopuna aged under 18 in Aotearoa and care-experienced mokopuna aged up to 25.

The Commission is an Independent Crown Entity headed by a Chief Executive and governed by a Board of Commissioners chaired by a Chief Commissioner.

As a Commission, we advocate for children's rights to be recognised and upheld, provide advice and guidance to government and other agencies, advocate for system-level change, ensure children's voices are heard in decisions that affect them and monitor places where mokopuna are detained.

Our name, Mana Mokopuna, describes who we are and what we stand for.

At its heart, Mana Mokopuna recognises the many elements that will support mokopuna to thrive. It focuses on mokopuna in the context of their family, whānau, hapū, iwi and wider community. It also recognises that their participation in decisions that affect them is vitally important.

Te moemoeā: kia kuru pounamu te rongo; our vision is that all children and young people of Aotearoa live their best lives. For us, child wellbeing is whānau wellbeing.

We recognise that an important part of achieving our moemoeā is advocating for a society in which Te Tiriti o Waitangi is fully realised. Our tari centres mātauranga Māori and our Te Tiriti obligations at the heart of all we do.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Reporting to the Manager Mai World, the Senior Engagement Specialist will work alongside the Project Lead and Practice lead to support work related to our ‘Te Aorerekura Engagement Project’.

To bring effect to this collaboration, we are looking for a Senior Engagement Specialist who will establish and implement a strategic plan of engagements and activities which will facilitate meaningful engagement with a mokopuna and their whānau, aiga and communities.

In this role you will help deliver and implement a strategic plan of activities and initiatives that will foster an environment where mokopuna are comfortable to share their views and their voices can be heard. You will be well connected and trusted within your community and will have the ability to amplify the voices of mokopuna to ensure that they are centred in our Te Aorerekura Engagement Project.

This role will join the Mai World Team, contributing to voices work in the team and across the tari.

This Te Whanganui-a-Tara - based fixed term position is available through to November 2024. We welcome a potential secondment from another agency.

You can find a full position description for the role on our website.

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu | What you will bring

Ideally you will be a social work practitioner or have experience working directly with mokopuna as a youth worker or other practitioner in the social sector. A background in family violence and sexual violence (FVSV) would also be beneficial and it is important you understand FVSV in the context of Aotearoa.

To effectively undertake your duties, it is essential that you are able to engage effectively with mokopuna, and have expertise and experience in advocating with, and for, mokopuna Māori and their whānau, and working from a Te Ao Māori perspective is also important. You will also have established networks within the community, NGO sector and child and youth focused advocacy groups.

The successful candidate will also have:

  • Excellent communication skills, with confidence as both a presenter and facilitator
  • Superb project management skills
  • Knowledge in how to analyse feedback and the ability to write clear reports
  • Proficiency in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori, or a commitment to broadening your knowledge in these areas is highly desirable
  • The ability to pass satisfactory background checks

If you're a passionate individual who wants to work in an organisation that works to better the lives of mokopuna, then we want to hear from you!

Ngā hua ka puta i te mahi ki Mana Mokopuna | What we can offer you

  • A salary between $98,834 - $119,908 gross per annum (although we may be able to offer slightly higher for the right candidate)
  • A hybrid working model - some days working in the tari and some working from home
  • 4 weeks annual leave plus at least 3 additional paid leave days each year
  • Opportunity to learn or build on your Te Reo Mäori through our weekly lessons
  • Working in a whānau friendly environment - we love having mokopuna in the tari!
  • Option for flexible working arrangements - flexible start and finish times, shorter hours and other arrangements can all be considered
  • Working with a team of passionate kaimahi who truly care about achieving the best outcomes for all mokopuna of Aotearoa

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applicants for this position should have the legal right to work in Aotearoa.

Application should be submitted online via SEEK.

Please ensure you provide an up-to-date CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and how you meet the position description.

Applicants invited to an interview will be required to fill out an employment check form, consenting to all relevant recruitment checks.

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Applications close 5pm, Monday 1 April 2024.