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Deaf Strategic Lead

01 Oct 2020

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  • New role in a new organisation - Preference for Auckland or Christchurch base
  • Support and shape our strategic direction
  • Create strong connections internally and externally

About us
At Ko Taku Reo we work to nurture the social and emotional wellbeing of New Zealand’s Deaf and hard of hearing children and help them form their own identity; as well as providing support and resources to help them reach their academic potential. This new organisation came out of a journey to merge Kelston and van Asch Deaf Education Centres. You will be joining a nationwide team and you will share their passion and enthusiasm for delivering high-quality education and services to Deaf and hard of hearing students and their whanau we support.

The Role
Students and their positive outcomes are at the centre of everything we do and this position holder will reflect and nurture this. This is a new role-based around helping us support and shape our developing culture. Initially, you will develop a high-level understanding of the organisation’s strategic and operational plans and help shape the long-term strategic direction of Deaf Education.

You will be an important support to the broad leadership and governance. You will have a strong presence and connection across the organisation as well as the wider communities and stakeholders. Bringing together the voices, internally and externally, to facilitate ideas and actions. The role will be an important conduit and will support our organisation and the Deaf Community to ensure they maintain clear communication to all through using appropriate and broad channels. Beyond this the role will:

  • Champion best practice and organisational development to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and staff
  • Support the Executive Principal and represent the organisation
  • Foster and maintain extensive and broad networks
  • Work with the Ministry of Education and other statutory bodies
  • Have a broad overview of policies and practices to ensure they promote New Zealand Sign Language and embed Deaf culture
  • Ensure all communications reach all parties
  • Lead and acts as a mentor for staff
  • Manage the balance between supporting and challenging
  • Have an educational eye and overview and apply this to our context
  • Keep up to date with research and share this with colleagues


About you
You will obviously love a challenge but also have:

  • Proven experience of influencing positively within the New Zealand Deaf community
  • Previous effective leadership of change
  • Ideally, hold a tertiary qualification in a related field – education preferred
  • Experience in most of the areas described but quick to pick up others
  • Tolerant of the demands of a fast-paced and changing organisation
  • Strong systems, strategic planning, implementation and reporting
  • Knowledge of the education sector and probably from a teaching perspective
  • Proven ability to think and act strategically, creatively and focus on solutions
  • Experience across communication internally and externally


The ideal candidate will be approachable and someone who can engage with people at all levels and bring about dynamic and meaningful change through influence and tolerance.  

What's in it for you?

  • The opportunity to work for a passionate employer
  • Skill and knowledge development that will build rapidly on previous experience
  • Work with a diverse and welcoming team
  • A broad and challenging new role with diversity and freedom to make your mark
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • The opportunity to help shape a unique organisation with learners at the centre of all we do


How to apply
If you are interested in joining a strong national team where you can help us make a positive impact, apply now with your curriculum vitae, cover letter telling us why you'd love to work with us and details of referees who will only be contacted once interviews are underway with your prior approval.  Applications close Wednesday, 21 October 2020. 

Job Description

Only applicants that are legally entitled to work in New Zealand and can make themselves available for the interview process in New Zealand will be considered for this position.