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

Who are we?

New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is a not for profit and membership-based national organisation representing the interests of its member boards.

NZSTA is the most influential leader of effective school governance in Aotearoa, embodying the intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Its vision is to lead and strengthen school governance in New Zealand to ensure that all schools are effectively governed so that every student realises their highest possible educational potential.

What we’re looking for:

  • a helpful, outcomes-oriented person who likes being in front of people
  • a person who has an expert understanding of employment law and practice, leadership and HR practice
  • a confident relationship builder
  • someone who can work with conflict and lead strategies to resolve
  • someone who can be a kind, caring and supportive team member
  • have a good understanding of organisations and what great leadership is.
  • a person who has knowledge and understanding of Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori would be an asset

Job Summary

Reporting to the Regional Director, 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 act like a school’s HR Business Partner. In this role you will get no end of variety in employment relations and HR. Any day could see you advise on relationship building techniques, co-design a restructure proposal, attend mediation, provide advice and support on recruitment, performance management, conduct issues and health and safety.  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.

Our office is in Mt Eden and there is flexibility to work from home. There will be regular travel required to support schools in the Franklin – Rodney region. A work vehicle will form part of your remuneration package.

If you want to join a team where you can learn a lot, have some fun and expose yourself to the full breadth of an Employment role, 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. Alignment to our organisational values is critical to our success – ensure you provide examples which can reflect and demonstrate this.

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 Patrick Ikiua, Regional Director Northern on Ph 021 599 024 for a confidential discussion.

View the position description here

Applications: We will be processing applications as they come in. Don’t delay - make sure you apply as soon as possible!


NZSTA Recruitment:

P: 021 190 7273

E: recruitment@nzsta.org.nz


Additional Information:

  • Applicants must have permanent rights to work in New Zealand
  • Drivers licence is required
  • Ministry of Justice vetting will be undertaken