• Supportive culture
  • Diverse role
  • Vehicle included

We’re looking for a talented, high-energy person to deliver HR and Employment Relations advice and support to Principals and School Boards.

About the role

Reporting to the Director Service Delivery, you will be a seasoned employment professional with experience working in a fast paced and changing environment supporting multiple stakeholders.

As Regional Advisor Employment, you will partner with school leaders across the full raft of school environments. You will deliver end-to-end HR solutions, advice and support. Any day could see you advise on relationship building techniques, recruitment, performance management, conduct issues, health and safety or co-design a restructure proposal or attend mediation.  A truly diverse role.

In addition to problem solving via robust processes, you will be involved in designing and delivering workshops aimed at problem prevention and best practice management of all things HR and Employment Relations.

The role places you as the conduit between Principals (as CEOs of schools) and unions on a regular basis, enabling you to demonstrate your strong relationship building skills.

You will be surrounded with supportive HR and employment law talent, both as part of a national team and as part of a regional team of 12. The culture is an open one of asking questions, sharing areas of expertise and learning and growing together, ensuring quality and consistency of advice. This is an excellent opportunity to get a wide variety of Employment Relations exposure and experience within a unionised environment. All our regional advisors grow and develop in this area.

Our office is in Christchurch Central and there is flexibility to work from home. There will be regular travel required to support schools throughout Canterbury and neighbouring regions and a requirement to attend team meetings in the Christchurch office and full staff meetings in our national office based in Wellington. A work vehicle will form part of your remuneration package.

This is a fixed term, full-time position (40 hours per week) covering parental leave from middle February – early October 2024 (approx 7.5 months).

About you

  • a person who can demonstrate sound understanding and application of employment law, leadership and HR practice
  • a tertiary qualification in related field or equivalent in experience
  • a confident relationship builder
  • a helpful, outcomes-oriented person who likes being in front of people
  • someone who can work with conflict, persuade others and lead strategies to resolve problems
  • a clear and concise communicator, with great writing skills
  • a kind, caring and supportive team member
  • someone who is passionate about enabling and supporting others
  • understanding of and commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Tikanga Māori.

About us

New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is the voice of school boards in New Zealand, providing services to New Zealand’s 2,500 state and state-integrated schools and kura.

We are a values-based organisation; one that is determined to provide the very best services and support to our members, our education sector stakeholders, New Zealand schools and their communities.

As the professional body for school boards, NZSTA is at the heart of school governance. We influence and inform policy and sector outcomes; we support and enable school boards to flourish; we connect like-minded people through our learning and networking opportunities; we strengthen communities by helping students achieve.

NZSTA was established in 1989, following the introduction of New Zealand’s largest school reform, Tomorrow’s Schools. We are a not-for-profit incorporated society with charitable trust status.

If you want to join a team where you will be exposed a full variety of different experiences, have some fun and make an impact in the education of children in Aotearoa, then this is the role for you!

Our values

High – Expectations | High – Trust | High – Transparency | High – Accountability

Apply today

If you're excited by the opportunity to join a team who are passionate about strengthening school governance in Aotearoa, then don't delay in applying.

Please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation for your application, highlighting relevant skills and experience.

Send your CV and cover letter, either through SEEK or directly to us at recruitment@nzsta.org.nz.

For further information about the role, please contact Melanie Pilcher, Director Service Delivery Mpilcher@nzsta.org.nz, 021 599 710 for a confidential discussion.

View the position description HERE

Applications close: Friday 19 January.

Please note, we will contact applicants who have been shortlisted at the end of January.

NZSTA Recruitment:

P: 021 190 7273

E: recruitment@nzsta.org.nz

Additional Details

Applicants must have permanent rights to work in New Zealand

Driver’s licence is required

Ministry of Justice vetting will be undertaken