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Student Life, Services and Communications
Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā
Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Are you prepared to make a difference?

UC places its student (ākonga) community first with a vision of student success and wellbeing, through innovation, and the delivery of quality services that meet diverse student needs, knowledge and education.

What You Will Do

As Wellness Director you will provide overarching leadership and professional direction for UC's health, mental wellbeing, sport and physical activity programmes which are embedded in the broader strategy of student success and a newly adopted Wellbeing Strategy. You will be an experienced leader and communicator, responsible for the direction and implementation of UC's holistic wellness initiatives. You will partner and collaborate across the organisation and with external providers, stakeholders and health bodies, providing knowledge, resources and tools that will enable your teams to deliver exceptional quality health and wellness services to our students whilst supporting UC's vision and culture.

Who You Are

Supporting the Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications, you will have extensive professional leadership experience potentially in mental wellbeing, health, tertiary administration and/or physical education. Leading a team of approximately 55 staff, your responsibilities will include:

  • providing professional leadership for health, pastoral care, mental wellbeing services and physical activities for all students at UC, with a focus on education and maximising participation
  • providing innovative direction for high quality services comprising health, counselling, wellness promotion, sport and recreation in a manner consistent with UC's vision, while managing risk and quality overall
  • developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with government and community agencies and organisations to leverage resources and enhance UC's reputation and attraction to students and staff
  • enhancing visibility of existing services, improving health promotion and maximising the benefits from existing and new partnerships
  • collaborating with the People and Culture team to ensure that appropriate services are offered to staff and that there is a joined up approach to staff and student engagement
  • ensuring that specialist technical expertise is aligned with Academic research and teaching and that employability opportunities for students are enhanced.

Your passion for holistic wellbeing and positively engaging diverse student communities, will ensure you are playing an integral role in the development of UC's wellness vision.

Who You Will Work With

The Student Life, Services and Communications portfolio is responsible for championing UC's ākonga experience at many touchpoints. You will be part of a positive and encouraging environment, and lead a team that is committed to evolving its services to meet dynamic student needs.

For more information about our team, please visit us @ Student, Life Services and Communications

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 8 November 2020 (midnight, NZ time)

View the position description.

How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a resume and cover letter. Please address the following two questions in your cover letter:

  • your experience delivering and evolving quality wellbeing, health, medical and/or mental health services including overseeing quality and risk management processes and innovative use of technology; and
  • your experience in delivering holistic wellbeing services and programmes for young adults, including advisory, health, and/or sport and recreation.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Due to current border restrictions, you must have New Zealand Citizenship/Residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.