Schools' Liaison Officer
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
11d ago

Who we are

Turning 150 years old in 2019, the University of Otago is New Zealand's first and oldest University. It has a strong teaching and research tradition and well-

established national and international linkages. It is also one of New Zealand's largest universities, with over 20,000 students, assets in excess of $1.

6 billion and 4,000 full time equivalent staff based in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill.

Ranked within the top 3% of universities in the world, the University of Otago recognises that our staff are the key to our success.

The University of Otago Schools’ Liaison team has offices in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. We visit secondary schools all over New Zealand during Terms 1 and 2 each year to let senior students know about the opportunities for living and learning at Otago.

Then we return in Terms 3 and 4 to help students plan their studies.

The Role

As a Schools’ Liaison Officer, you will have the opportunity to play a leading role in encouraging and assisting prospective students to plan their study at the University of Otago.

Based on campus in our friendly and collegial Dunedin office, you will visit secondary schools in Otago, Southland, the West Coast and Canterbury informing students about all aspects of enrolment at the University of Otago and about undergraduate student life in Dunedin.

You will regularly engage with prospective students and their parents / caregivers, assisting them with their decision-making as well as making presentations to groups and interacting with relevant University staff and departments on behalf of the wider Liaison team.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate :

  • Relevant experience in advising, working with, and relating to teenagers and young adults.
  • Skill and enthusiasm for making effective, professional presentations to groups of school students and others.
  • A high level of writing, editing and proof-reading skills.
  • A positive and collegial attitude, alongside excellent time management skills.
  • Although not essential, you would ideally have an excellent knowledge of the University of Otago and its courses, or the ability to quickly learn.

    Sound working knowledge of the current New Zealand secondary school curriculum and assessment matters, especially pertaining to Year 11-

    13 students, would also be an advantage.

    The role requires some evening work, and considerable out-of-town travel for which a vehicle is provided (you must hold a clean, full driving licence).

    Further Details

    This is a full-time, fixed term role available for 11 months, beginning in January 2019.

    For further information, or to discuss the role in confidence please contact Rhonda Brodie, head of Schools’ Liaison, via the contact details below.


    To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1801591 will close on Monday, 17 September 2018.

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