Otago Polytechnic

Current vacancies


Dunedin City - Otago

Permanent, fulltime

As a Counsellor,  you will provide a variety of counselling interventions including a focus on brief interventions and/or seeking consultation with other health professionals as appropriate.  You will also provide and promote awareness and education of counselling services to all learners and participate in the development and facilitation of educational programmes and workshops.

Successful applicants will have:

  • Membership to NZAC or appropriate/relevant professional body
  • A relevant professional tertiary qualification at Bachelors level or above
  • Significant experience counselling and mental health experience ideally within the tertiary sector or in a community service preferably with young adults
  • Experience in working within a brief solution focused strengths based approach
  • Experience in group design and facilitation
  • Great technical skills, ideally a working experience with the Medtech 32 patient database
  • A passion for student health and wellbeing, and working with young adults

For specific information contact Patricia Quensell phone 0800 762 786.

For a position description or to apply visit our website www.op.ac.nz 

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 31 March 2019.

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General Practitioner

Dunedin City - Otago

Permanent, 15 hours per week

A General Practitioner who is a Fellow of the RNZCGPs is required to join the Student Health team responsible for the primary health care needs of Otago Polytechnic students.     

Candidates will have a demonstrated interest in the health and well being of young people.  A background in adolescent, mental health, sexual or women’s health would be advantageous as would experience and/or interest in sports and travel medicine.   The practice is committed to health promotion/prevention activities.

This position which is for 15 hours per week and is ideal for general practitioners who would like to combine private general practice or other responsibilities with regular clinical work in the education sector.  Some flexibility in hours is necessary. 


For further information contact Sue Thompson 0800 762 786. 

Visit www.op.ac.nz to apply or a position description.

Applications close 5pm Friday 5 April 2019.

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Tumuaki-Whakaruruhau Director-Maori LearnerSuccess

Dunedin City - Otago


Permanent, fulltime

Kia hiwa ra! Kia hiwa ra!

We are seeking a future focused, inspirational leader to lead strategies and initiatives that will continue to enable Maori learners to participate and succeed as Maori at all levels of Otago Polytechnic, as well as lead the team in Te Punaka Owheo (our Maori Centre).

This is a full-time role where you will be contributing to the advancement of the Polytechnic’s Maori Strategic Framework, with a specific focus on Maori learner success (i.e. Priority 3 of the MSF). While you will work at a strategic level pan-institutionally, you will also provide strong and inspirational leadership to a dynamic team in Te Punaka Owheo who support, guide, advise and advocate for Maori learners, helping to create an outstanding experience for them.

You will actively demonstrate exemplary Maori leadership qualities that align with Otago Polytechnic’s values, Strategic Direction 2021 and the Maori Strategic Framework.

You will have an in-depth understanding of te reo me ona tikaka Maori and proven experience working within a kaupapa Maori framework of professional practice, with significant experience in Maori education and in working alongside tauira Maori. Experience working in a tertiary environment is preferred, but not essential. A Bachelor’s degree in education, counselling, social work or an equivalent discipline is essential and a Master’s degree would be advantageous.

If you would like to be at the forefront of Maori education, make a real and sustainable difference for tauira and their whanau, and you wish to work for an innovative, progressive and agile organisation that is committed to its community and learners, contact us today!

For further information contact Janine Kapa, Deputy Chief Executive: Maori Development / Kaitohutohu on: janine.kapa@op.ac.nz  

Applications close 5pm, Friday 5th April 2019.


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Graphic Designer

Dunedin City - Otago

At Otago Polytechnic / Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, our vision is that our people make a better world. We are proud to be a leader in hands-on, career-focused education, achieving some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining staff who are passionate, creative, future-focused and dedicated to helping our learners build their capability and realise their potential.

We are guided by our values of Caring / Manaakitaka, Courage / Maia, Accountability / Takohaka and Empowerment / Whakamanataka. We are proud to be Rainbow Tick certified, and we aspire to create a working environment that is inclusive and meets the aspirations of mana whenua.

Use your exceptional graphic design skills to make a difference, provide advice and solutions that will enhance the usability and impact of our communications channels in a challenging and ever-changing environment.  You will have scope for innovation and creative solutions in a variety of work. 

The key skills and experience to be successful include: 

  • industry level web, print design and digital media experience
  • strong creative abilities, including ability to generate ideas, and develop original and effective solutions
  • strong typographical skills and a sense of colour and style
  • an understanding of branding and how to apply and adhere to brand standards
  • excellent attention to detail and accuracy in work while working to deadlines

Our successful applicant will be:

  • an experienced designer highly competent with graphic design software applications including Adobe Creative Suite and InDesign,
  • a skilled communicator
  • able to work across multiple departments with many clients internally

If you are friendly, professional and enjoy variety in your role, please apply online at www.op.ac.nz 

For specific information contact Andrea Hessian, 0800 762 786 or andrea.hessian@op.ac.nz

For a position description visit our website

Applications close, 5pm, Thursday 28 March 2019

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