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Director of Student Wellbeing

Pūmanawa Tangata | People, Culture and Campus

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Are you prepared to make a difference? UC places its student (ākonga) community first. We want thriving students who are academically successful. We support our students to achieve this by delivering quality and innovative services that meet their diverse needs. Your passion for wellbeing and for positively engaging diverse student communities will ensure you are playing an integral role in the achievement of UC's strategic intent.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

As the Director of Student Wellbeing you will provide leadership and professional direction for the wellbeing services - physical health, mental health, pastoral care, sport and physical activity - that are critical elements in our broader strategy of student success. You will be an experienced leader and communicator, responsible for the direction and implementation of UC's initiatives for student wellbeing. You will collaborate across the University and with external stakeholders, providing knowledge, resources and tools that will enable your teams to deliver exceptional wellbeing services to our students.

The successful candidate will have extensive leadership experience in health, wellbeing or sport/physical education. Responsibilities will include:

  • providing leadership for wellbeing services, with a focus on education and maximising participation
  • providing innovative direction while managing risk
  • promoting the services and their benefits
  • collaborating with government, community and private sector organisations to leverage resources and enhance UC's reputation and attraction to students and staff
  • collaborating with the People and Culture team to ensure that there is a joined up approach to student and staff wellbeing
  • ensuring that where needed specialist technical expertise in the wellbeing services is aligned with UC's research and teaching programmes
  • championing alignment to the Pastoral Care Code

The University is committed to building Māori capacity and knowledge of tikanga and depth of engagement with te ao Māori would be an advantage. You will be motivated to promote UC's values which include whanaungatanga - valuing people and their differences; manaakitanga - extending care and empowering others; and tiakitanga - enhancing and nurturing our resources.]

Ngā Uara | Our Values

Our values guide our decisions and behaviour. They provide a roadmap for how we do things and enable successful delivery of our strategy. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can in our work and our interactions with each other. They make UC an even greater place to work through clearly articulating who we are and how we do things.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

The closing date for this position is: Monday, 22nd November 2021 (midnight, NZ time)

Please note, interviews for this role will take place the week of 29 November.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a resume and cover letter. Please address the following two questions in your cover letter:

  • your experience delivering and evolving quality wellbeing, health, medical and/or mental health services including overseeing quality and risk management processes and innovative use of technology; and
  • your experience in delivering holistic wellbeing services and programmes for young adults, including advisory, health, and/or sport and recreation.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Due to current border restrictions, you must have New Zealand or Australian Citizenship/Residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.