Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori


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Management IEA



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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori 

Massey University, Vice-Chancellor's Office

• Senior strategic leadership role
• Te Tiriti o Waitangi led University
• Build cultural capability
• Fixed-term (5 years)

Location:Albany/Wellington/Palmerston North
Term:Fixed Term of 5 Years
Salary:Management IEA
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 18 November 2018
Additional Information:Job Description DVC Maori V2.pdf

Position overview

Ko te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa te kaupapa e tū ngatahi ai tātou hei waihanga i ngā momo mātauranga ki te pae o angitu. He ara putanga tauira, he ara e hua ai ngā tini kaupapa ki Aotearoa puta noa i te ao whānui. Kia toi te mana motuhake o te iwi Māori, kia toi te ora o te tangata, te rangi me te whenua mā reira e whakatinana ai te mana o Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Massey has bold plans for the future and seeks a leader who is capable of assisting the university achieve its strategy as expressed in its Strategic Plan. As an underpinning element of this Strategic Plan, Massey University aspires to demonstrate authentic partnership as a Te Tiriti-led University.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori is a critical strategic leadership role in the University, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor (Chief Executive), as part of the Senior Leadership Team. The University has a suite of focused initiatives to deliver on our aspirations to be a truly Te Tiriti o Waitangi-led University, which this role leads in partnership with colleges and services.

The successful candidate will be joining a progressive, inclusive and innovative senior leadership team with bold ambitions for our University and for its contribution to Aotearoa and our international communities. Our opportunity to make a sustained difference together is real and rewarding.


Massey University strives to be a leader in Māori education and research. As the first university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Māori Visual arts we are the only institution that offers Te Aho Tātairangi, a Māori undergraduate immersion teaching programme in partnership with Te Rūnanga nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa o Aotearoa. We are emerging as the foremost institution for the Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Medium Teaching and Learning Te Aho Paerewa. Massey University also ensures the future of Māori development through its leadership in areas such as Māori Business, Māori Science and Māori Health while supporting Māori academic success through Te Rau Puawai Māori health workforce development programme. Our aim is to contribute to the continuing success and growth of the Māori economy by investing in programs that empower Māori to be self-determining and participate s citizens of the world.

The role

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori role is to –
• provide strategic leadership to the University in connecting with key Māori stakeholders, including iwi partners, Māori Inc. and Māori educational providers amongst others. 
• Support the growth and development of staff capacity and capability in our colleges and services to be culturally responsive and to reflect Māori presence in our staffing profile.
• shape research endeavour relevant to Māori. 
• grow the representation of Māori in our student profile, and to support their academic success. 
• lead and manage a specialist team providing expert advice to University managers and staff and the Senior Leadership team on te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

Required attributes

The successful appointee should bring a distinct area of expertise and relevance to the University and should demonstrate the following attributes:
• An acknowledged and respected academic with a PhD level qualification preferable, able to command respect with the academic community.
• An acknowledged Māori leader, who has respect across iwi and who is engaged within her/his communities. 
• An accomplished and credible organisational leader and manager who is strategically focused, and financially astute.
• A skillful people manager, collegial in approach and has a natural inclination to mana-enhancing relationships.
• Good networks with Mäori, including Mäori businesses, Rūnanga, and Iwi organisations.
• Excellent competency in te reo Māori in a range of settings.
• Competent and confident in tikanga Māori in a range of settings. 
• Familiar with the funding systems for research and education within Aotearoa, and able to see and capitalise on opportunities.
• An advanced understanding of and demonstrated commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the advancement of Māori development.

It is expected that interviews for shortlisted candidates will be conducted over two days, being the 10th and 11th of December. For further information please contact

Job description

Purpose statement

To see the full Position Details for this role, please see the attached supporting documentation.

Responsible to

Vice Chancellor

Key accountabilities

At Massey we are Te Tiriti-led, upholding Tiriti o Waitangi principles through our practice, We: 
• Demonstrate awareness of Tiriti o Waitangi and its contribution to New Zealand culture and society. 
• Understand the relevance of Tiriti o Waitangi in relation to the work of the University and the people we serve. 
• Embrace the principles of partnership, participation, and protection and apply these principles in our workplace through manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, and kaitiakitanga. 
• Embracing Te Reo in relevant and practical ways in our work place interactions and engagement with external stakeholders, giving expression to Tikanga Māori and protocols that demonstrates that we respect and value Māori conventions in appropriate settings.

At Massey we work together with mutual respect and caring. We: 
• Act with integrity and trustworthiness and give credit to others for the work they do. 
• Work cooperatively and inter-dependently to foster and promote the One University approach.
• Share knowledge and communicate professionally with courtesy and mutual respect. 
• Are ethical in all transactions, working within the parameters of our policies and procedures. 
• Are direct, truthful and maintain confidentiality. 
• Seek to understand and appreciate our differences. 
• Keep ourselves and others safe, working with the University’s health, safety and wellbeing policies, procedures and programmes.

At Massey we are future-focused, results-oriented and strive for excellence. We:
• Take ownership and responsibility for delivering results to support achievement of University objectives. 
• Provide the best quality services to our customers (internal and external) ensuring our students/ stakeholders are at the heart of everything we do. 
• Deliver or support world-class research, teaching and learning and citizenship. 
• Take personal responsibility for our performance, take pride in doing our job well, and commit to ongoing personal and professional development. 
• Are motivated and create a positive working environment where our values are reinforced. 
• Anticipate and respond with agility and resilience to the changing needs of the University and the communities we serve. 
• Seek ways to improve our services to deliver in an efficient and effective way. 
• Embrace technology and apply this innovatively to better meet the needs of those we serve.
• Challenge ourselves to reach our potential and help bring out the best in others. 
• Understand how what we do contributes to the objectives of the University.

Person specification


A PhD will support credibility with the University community and a degree in a relevant subject coupled with significant leadership experience in a sector relevant to the University will also be considered.


• Fluent in Te Reo.
• Demonstrates deep knowledge and understanding of Te Titiri o Waitangi.
• Engagement with Iwi, Hapu and Whanau in settings requiring high levels of proficiency in Tikanga and Te Reo communities. 
• Leadership of teams of specialist advisory staff operating at an institutional level.
• Strategy development coupled with design and project delivery of initiatives. 
• Engagement with government agencies and funding providers.
• Relationship-building with senior stakeholders, managers and peers. 
• Experience working in a large and complex organisation in a leadership and influencing role. 
• Prioritising and assigning working to meet deadlines. 
• Management of budgets.
• Experience within the tertiary education and/or research sectors would be an advantage.

Personal attributes and behaviours

Interpersonal Relationships 
• Establishes and maintains credibility and appropriate confidentiality with stakeholders.
• Able to coach and influence internal and external stakeholders, building constructive working relationships.
• Identifies and addresses potential issues with stakeholders.
• Contributes as a member with multiple teams that span function, issue, location and time zone. 
• Establishes and maintains productive working relationship with key stakeholders internally and externally. 
Continuous Transformation 
• Generates new ideas, approaches and solutions in response to changing demands or environment. 
• Develops KPIs and training materials to assess, build and nurture continuous transformation. 
• Works with stakeholders to deal with, respond to and actively seek changes and innovative opportunities.
• Works with stakeholders to deal with, respond to and actively seek changes and innovative opportunities.
• Builds an environment of openness to new ideas and approaches.
• Develops a clear, complete understanding of needs and problems through careful listening, probing, reflecting and summarising. 
• Delivers written and oral communications that engage audience participants, respond to their questions and concerns, and produce specific outcomes and impact. 
• Able to present information clearly, concisely and logically. Varies content, style and form to suit the subject. 
• Communicates in a timely manner using the appropriate style and method. 
• Conducts discussions in a respectful manner that are sincere and fully expressed.

Results Orientation
• Sets critical work standards and expectations for a group or unit. 
• Coaches others to develop effective techniques for producing expected results. 
• Mobilises group to anticipate likely future results.

People Management
• Employs appropriate techniques for maintaining team enthusiasm and energy.
• Leads the definition of team mission and objectives for a variety of teams.
• Communicates and collaborates both within the team and to stakeholders.
• Learns and utilises special talents and work styles of team members.
• Brings projects to closure and ensures capture of what can be learned from the experience. 
• Ensures that team members are on board, unified, and moving in the same direction.

Staff and Career Development 
• Establishes performance and development plans for individuals/teams that align with department objectives and strategy. 
• Supports and helps arrange development opportunities within and between teams.
• Evaluates completed development in light of its contribution to achievement of business goals and strategy. 
• Ensures team members understand shared ownership of their development needs and plans. 
• Determines, plans, and budgets for long term developmental needs. 
• Identifies mission critical competency areas needed to meet team/department objectives.

Additional Pre-employment Checks

• Pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) Check performed by the Ministry of Justice. 
• Pass a Credit History Check performed by Veda Advantage Personal Information Services

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Massey University Manawatu,Auckland and Wellington Campus
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