Current vacancies

Residential Assistants - Te Pā Tauira Student Village

Fixed-term 30 January 2023 until 26 November 2023

Part-time 15 hours per week

Tēnā koutou katoa

We are currently looking for a number of motivated and hardworking people who have the drive to be a leader within our student community. 

Ko wai mātou | About us as an organisation

At Te Kura Matatini ki Otago/Otago Polytechnic, we believe that our people make a better world. We are a leader in hands-on, career-focused education, achieving some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand.

We are committed to our learners and offer Te Pā Tauira, our student accommodation as a place of residence for tertiary students.

We are guided by our values of Caring / Manaakitaka, Courage / Maia, Accountability / Takohaka and Empowerment / Whakamanataka.  We are proud to be Rainbow Tick certified, and we aspire to create a working environment that is inclusive and meets the aspirations of mana whenua.

Mō te tūraka mahi  | About the role

The Residential Assistants are an integral part of our success at Te Pā Tauira.  

The RA team live onsite and are usually rostered 15 hours per week during evenings or over the weekend.

This is a unique role which at times can be challenging, although is also full of meaningful experiences. This role provides an opportunity to grow your leadership skills and gain transferable work skills, which will undoubtedly be useful for your future career. All of this happens while working alongside a diverse team of your peers who often turn into lifelong friends.

The RA key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Building and fostering relationships across all aspects of the Te Pā Tauira      Community
  • Providing peer, pastoral and academic support to residents.
  • Resident engagement through events, competitions, and meetings.
  • Contributing to admin and customer service-related tasks when required.
  • Upholding high standards of health and safety procedures and able to identify issues and escalate where necessary.
  • Any other adhoc duties.

Ko wai koe | About you 

As part of this role, you must be enrolled in full-time study at Otago for 2023.

A successful candidate will display the following skills and attributes:

  • An open-minded approach to building rapport with people from all walks of life.
  • Flexibility to be able to manage a job that can change rapidly.
  • The ability to work within a team.
  • A solution-focused mindset.
  • A community-focused mindset and the ability to notice when other community members need extra support.
  • A  self-awareness and commitment to finding a balance between study, work and life.
  • An ability to self-manage your time and take initiative.

The ways you can benefit from the RA role include;

  • Access to in-depth training led by industry experts.
  • Develop your leadership skills,
  • A job that provides challenges and learning opportunities.
  • An opportunity to be part of a diverse, skilled and motivated team.
  • Creating lifelong friendships.
  • Work for an organisation that supports your future career development.

Please note all applicants must have the legal right to work in NZ and complete a satisfactory police check. 

For specific information, contact Renee Stringer phone 0800 762 786 or

To apply please click on the link below

Hours Per Week: 15 – Mainly evenings and weekends however weekends off are rostered evenly amongst the team

Pay Rate: $23.65 per hour