Join the WWP Team- Te Ara Poutama Knowledge Lead

Are you interested in the betterment of intergenerational wellbeing in the Waikato with a particular focus on wellbeing knowledge and systems thinking?

We are looking for somebody to lead, coordinate and facilitate the further development of Te Ara Poutama. This is the Waikato Wellbeing Project's wellbeing knowledge initiative. This initiative seeks to be an active yet independent initiative that helps people understand what enables wellbeing, and to move towards implementing action that achieves that. The initiative is wellbeing framework agnostic; helps people understand various interpretations of what wellbeing is for them and for the environment; and seeks to provide insights about actions that progress towards achieving it.

You are somebody with a systems thinking mindset and curiosity about wellbeing knowledge. You are a compelling and welcoming communicator who can make complex knowledge accessible and of value to a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences. You are comfortable with Te Ao Māori.

You are a quick learner, a tenacious and adaptable leader, who is able to work with and embrace uncertainty and flexibility. Your attitude counts for more than your degree!

Key attributes for the role include:

  • An ability to recognise, navigate and be comfortable in complexity.

  • Familiarity with systems thinking approaches.

  • Familiarity with the wide-ranging conversation (internationally and domestically) relating to wellbeing, wellbeing frameworks, and approaches to delivering these.

  • Strong leadership, facilitation and communication skills.

  • Familiarity with Te Ao Māori and a desire to learn more.

  • An ability to connect and partner with government, business, iwi, education, community organisations and funders.

Desirable attributes for the role include:

  • Familiarity or experience with commissioning the coordination, understanding and sense-making of complex data sets.

  • Familiarity with the concepts of Māori data sovereignty would be a bonus but is not essential (additional support can be provided in this area).

Key deliverables of the role include:

  • Leadership, facilitation and expertise to support system mapping and wellbeing knowledge development;

  • Commissioning and managing research to understand the systemic issues, key knowledge questions and challenges which align with our business plan and strategic priorities;

  • Commissioning and managing data, information and knowledge sense-making, and communication of this to stakeholders via a variety of in-person and media and platforms;

  • Facilitating collaboration, ensuring the right people come together to understand and address the complex challenges we face as a region;

  • Connection and partnership with government, business, iwi, education, community organisations and funders.

We are looking for somebody who can work as an independent contractor for approximately 20 hours per week as part of a fast paced, dynamic and fun team. The initial contract would be for 12 months, with a review depending on progress made, funding and partnerships in place.

The WWP operates a hybrid working arrangement, with all team members working between our office in Hamilton CBD, on site with stakeholders and at home.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and CV to Harvey Brookes by 5pm 14 June 2024 .

Any questions, please email or call Harvey on 021 913 418

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