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Learning Innovation Specialist

Te Papa
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Wellington - Wellington
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Learning Innovation Specialists (fixed term contract)

Calling innovative kaiako and teachers

He waka akoranga | Empowering life-long learning

In an exciting period of transformation and growth, Te Papa is seeking innovative Learning Innovation Specialists to contribute to the development of our learning programmes for learners across a wide age range. You will empower our learners to engage with Te Papa's collections, exhibitions and resources by designing and facilitating meaningful learning experiences, resources and products for learners, with a focus on primary and secondary school audiences. You will help us grow our learning communities and expand our reach and accessibility through learning.

The Learning Innovation team comprises of specialists across museum education (formal learning programmes and products for early childhood, kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, primary and secondary school audiences), public programmes (informal, lifelong learning) and Hīnātore , which facilitates innovative and experiential digital learning programmes for learners of all ages. Learning Innovation Specialists work closely with the Learning Innovation team to facilitate a dynamic range of learning programmes for school and kura groups, both onsite and by digital delivery.

About you:

You are a passionate and talented teacher or kaiako who engages learning and technology to make a real difference to the organisations and communities you work with.  You are creative, innovative and skilled in supporting learning inside or outside of the classroom. You are a strong educator, confident in working with groups of learners of all ages, and you have particular experience in working with primary, intermediate or secondary school learners in English or Māori medium contexts. You have strong networks and relationships in your field.

You have demonstrated in skills as an teacher and you're well versed in the New Zealand Curriculum and/or Te Marautanga. You bring a range of innovative learning practices and you create empowering learning experiences with emerging learning technologies. You're an advocate for learning and you're passionate about contributing to educational innovation. You're a lifelong learner with a growth mindset who enjoys creative problem solving. You enjoy developing new programmes and products, and you believe in testing ideas and experimenting. You are confident in tikanga Māori, and te Reo skills or fluency are a big advantage. You're a team player with great ideas and the skills to bring them to life.

Ideally you will also have specialist skills one of our specialist areas, such as Pasifika, Mātauranga Māori, History/Social Sciences, accessibility and inclusion, or early childhood education.

This role is a full time (40 hours) fixed term contract, for up to two years to help Te Papa deliver a dynamic digital learning programme for diverse learners. We will consider a secondment for the right person. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.


About us:

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, renowned for being bicultural, research-driven, innovative and fun. Our success is built on our relationships with and our ability to represent our communities. Our vision is Changing Hearts, Minds and Lives. Biculturalism, mana taonga and learning are at our core.


It's an exciting time at Te Papa: we are currently renewing our permanent exhibitions alongside Mahuki—Te Papa's Innovation Hub and Hīnātore, our Learning Lab which opened in March 2017. You will join our dynamic Learning Innovation team: we're ambitious, hard-working, creative and fun. Join us.


All considered applicants must have the ability to obtain and maintain the legal right to work in New Zealand.



Te Papa is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment process, we will require Police Vetting of preferred candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.



Applications close Friday, 2 February 2018.


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