Senior Engagement Specialist

Senior Engagement Specialist

Fixed term – 2-year project

Help champion mokopuna voices in the New Zealand Curriculum change programme

Mō mātou

About us

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) is an independent crown entity advocating for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people (OCC use the term mokopuna to describe children and young people of Aotearoa). Our goal is to ensure that all mokopuna live their best lives; Te moemoea: kia kuru pounamu te rongo.

The Children’s Commissioner has a statutory obligation to ensure “the views of children are taken into account in the exercise or performance of the Commissioner’s functions”. We support this function through our Mai World team.

OCC Mai World have an exciting opportunity to collaborate with the Ministry of Education to facilitate meaningful engagement with mokopuna through the New Zealand Curriculum refresh - a pivotal change programme for our education system which will make sure that every mokopuna experiences success in their learning. This collaboration will ensure that mokopuna voices are at the heart of the Curriculum refresh.

Mō te tūnga

About the role

To bring effect to this collaboration, we are looking for a Senior Engagement Specialist who will establish and implement a youth engagement strategy and model which will facilitate meaningful engagement with a diverse range of mokopuna, and particularly disabled mokopuna, on the Curriculum refresh.

In this role you will design and deliver a strategic plan of activities and initiatives that will foster an environment where mokopuna are comfortable to share their views and their voices can be heard. You will be well connected and trusted within your community and will have the ability to amplify the voices of mokopuna to ensure that they are centred in this pivotal change.

As the Senior Engagement Specialist, you will join the Mai World Team, contributing to voices work in the team and across the office.

The OCC is committed to the realisation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and your commitment to this is essential. OCC value and support diversity and inclusion in our workplace and is a place where you can bring your whole self to work.

This Wellington-based fixed term position is available through to July 2024. We also welcome a potential secondment from another agency.

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What you will bring

Ideally you will be a social work practitioner or have experience working directly with mokopuna as a youth worker or in the social sector. A background in education would also be beneficial and it is important you understand education in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Your communication skills will be second to none, with confidence as both a presenter and facilitator and you must be able to engage effectively with mokopuna, and particularly disabled mokopuna, as well as strategic partners. You will also have superb project management, skills, know how to analyse feedback and excellent report writing skills.

Expertise and experience in advocating with, and for, mokopuna Māori and their whānau, and working from a Te Ao Māori perspective is also important. You will also have established networks within the community, NGO sector and child and youth focused advocacy groups.

Me pēhea te tuku tono

How to apply

To apply please complete the application form below and email this along with a cover letter and your CV to

You can find a copy of the position description below.

Applicants for this position should have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 20 July 2022.