University of Otago

University of Otago

Deputy Warden / Tautiaki

New Zealand

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Deputy Warden / Tautiaki-Piki-2300783


Otago is famous for its residential college communities supporting thousands of mostly first-year students as they begin their tertiary journey. Cumberland College (Te Kāreti o Cumberland) and 192 Castle College (Te Kāreti o Castle) are separate Colleges, in close proximity, run by a single leadership team offering safe, supportive, social and scholarly communities for 452 students throughout the academic year.

Cumberland College is home to 327 residents in a historic building and is renowned for being a friendly and homely College with well-rounded students who value both academic success and recreational and social activities. 192 Castle College is Otago's smallest College, is home to 125 residents in ensuite rooms and has an ethnically and culturally diverse group of residents.

The role / Te Mahi

The Tautiaki-Piki (Deputy Warden) is responsible to the Tautiaki (College Warden). As a key senior member of staff, the Tautiaki-Piki has a leadership role in providing a positive collegiate experience for residents, with a focus on resident wellbeing/oraka.

We are seeking a great communicator to join our team who can support the academic ambitions and pastoral needs of our residents.

Our two Colleges provide positive student support, academic programmes and an extensive range of events and activities designed to make the first-year memorable and supportive for residents.

Skills and experience / Kā Pūkeka me kā Wheako

You will be someone who thrives in a busy role and excels in providing pastoral care and support to students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Our ideal candidate will: • Be professionally and personally resilient and capable of handling (sometimes) difficult and complex situations. • Have experience working with young adults in a leadership capacity. • Be knowledgeable and have experience in pastoral care and/or community development. • Have well developed organisational skills and initiative. • Be able to effectively coordinate the college academic and tutorial programme. • Deputise in the absence of the Tautiaki (College Warden). • Be trusted to act in a calm manner.

An understanding of, and empathy for, students commencing University is fundamental to this role. Experience in the tertiary sector would be a distinct advantage. Candidates with knowledge and appreciation of cultural issues and of Tikaka Māori, and/or knowledge in providing positive opportunities for Tauira Māori, will be especially welcome.

Further details / Pūroko

This is a permanent, full-time (37.5 hours) position, located in Dunedin, that will require regular rostered evening and weekend hours of work.

The position is live-in and requires a high level of commitment, including being rostered on-call. Accommodation is provided within the College and the total remuneration package for this position includes full compensation for all accommodation costs.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Children's Act 2014 and the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021. Candidates who successfully make the final stages of the recruitment process will be required to undergo a police safety check.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

Confidential enquiries can be made to Luke Morrison, Tautiaki/Warden of Cumberland and 192 Castle Colleges via the contact details below.

Application / Tono

To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2300783 will close Sunday, 21 May 2023. Applications will be considered as they are received. The University reserves the right to close this vacancy at any time.

Additional Information

Contact: Luke Morrison

Position details: Job Description

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

Primary Location


Employment Status


Salary Level and Range Level 6 (Range of Appointments $66,852 to $72,918, Top of Range $79,099)


Cumberland College

Job Function

Administrative and Operations Management

Job details


Deputy Warden / Tautiaki


University of Otago


New Zealand


May 25, 2023

Application deadline

June 11, 2023

Job type



Business and Economics

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