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  • Are you a strategic people leader with expertise in learning & development?
  • Do you align with and feel inspired by our united purpose: Papatūānuku Thrives?
  • New leadership position: perm full time based at our national Wellington office

Toitū te marae a Tāne, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata. If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.

Our organisational strategy, Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, puts nature and people at the heart of everything we do. It is anchored by te reo Māori and te ao Māori, recognising that Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our relationship with our whānau, hapū and iwi are central to all our work.

We’re excited to announce a new opportunity for an experienced Learning and Development Manager to hop aboard our waka. Join a new leadership structure within the Organisational Development unit focused on delivering our broad range of priorities in an integrated and aligned manner.  

He angitūtanga | About the Role

This role leads a large team of learning and development professionals providing a critical and multi-disciplinary set of services across our organisation. As the manager, you will lead and drive a service-oriented, customer-centred team culture that is focused on delivering high quality learning solutions. This role has two teams reporting to it – learning advice and design, and core skills delivery.

This is a true partnership and facilitation role where whakawhanaungatanga will be a key foundation principle throughout your mahi.  You will work closely alongside your peers in culture and performance systems, people strategy, organisational communications, and human resources to advise on best practice learning strategies for Te Papa Atawahi.

Services provided by the Learning and Development team include strategic capability development advice, assessment of learning needs, design and delivery of learning, and coordination and delivery of core and technical learning solutions. 

He kōrero mōu | What we are looking for:

We invite applications from experienced leaders who feel aligned to our Kaupapa and can demonstrate evidence of the following key skills and capabilities:

  • Strong people leadership and management capability – effectively fosters team cohesion, development, delivery and wellbeing;
  • Experience in leading the design, development and delivery of comprehensive learning and development services in a large organisation;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the capability requirements of an operational, field-based workforce;
  • Highly developed stakeholder management skills – is confident in consulting with, establishing and fostering long-term relationships with people at all levels;
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Strong systems thinking and design skills;
  • Cultural capability – is committed to Te Tiriti and has appreciation for and the ability to work within a Te Ao Māori worldview.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What’s in it for you?

As we embark on this journey of transformation, the Learning and Development Manager role is a truly meaningful opportunity to lead and develop the capability and capacity of a crucial function for the Te Papa Atawhai whānau

Working with us, you’ll get respect, recognition and opportunities for personal growth. We mean is when we say we offer an inclusive workplace culture where our unique differences are embraced, and we are committed to providing employees with a comprehensive range of development and training opportunities to enable continued growth and success.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Keen to jump aboard the waka at Te Papa Atawhai to shape and advance our learning and development offerings? Submit your CV and a tailored cover letter (PDF) online at that describes your interest and highlights your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.

Applications will close 5pm on Sunday 12 September 2021.

For more information or to arrange a time to discuss the role please contact Melissa Keane

Eligibility to work in New Zealand is mandatory – this includes holding a valid work visa that covers the whole period of employment.


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