Staff vacancies

PPTA Te Wehengarua employs a variety of staff including field officers, the mataroa, a membership education coordinator, advisory officers (including the media team, the women's officer, and the āpiha Māori) and staff members who are employed to manage PPTA's financial, communication, membership and clerical needs.



PPTA Te Wehengarua National Office Vacancy

Advisory Officer (Industrial)


Are you interested in advocating for and working with secondary teachers on issues that matter to them, and then doing what it takes to make these things happen?

We’re looking for someone to join the advisory team in our national office in Wellington.  The team’s responsibilities include the negotiation and interpretation of collective employment agreements, case management, policy development and advocacy.

You will need to be a strong advocate who can communicate well and be able to work flexibly, co-operatively and collectively.  Advanced analytical skills, experience in employment law and knowledge of the education sector is a must.

This role involves a lot of writing, so you will need to have a masterful way with words and be able to give, and take, robust feedback.  You will be confident advocating for our members both in writing and face-to-face.

We are looking with someone with experience and expertise in at least some of the following areas: collective agreement negotiations, advocacy, education and/or employment law, and dispute resolution. In your covering letter let us know what you would bring.

The appointee will be a member of a supportive team that blends industrial expertise, strong knowledge of secondary education and political nous.  PPTA is a member-led organisation, and you’ll need to appreciate and respect that.

Salary will be within the range of salaries paid to senior staff in secondary schools.  A staff collective agreement covers conditions of employment.  Occasional travel is required.  We’d like someone who can start in October, but we can negotiate on this for the right person.

The Association is committed to partnership within Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  A commitment to union goals is essential.  The Association is an equal opportunities employer.

A job description may be obtained from Christine McNicol at or by phoning (04) 913 4237.

Applications must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018 and should be emailed to

Last modified on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 09:19