Raise the mana of community knowledge: Join Community Research’s Kaitiaki-Board

Looking for a voluntary board position that will raise the mana of community knowledge in Aotearoa? Join our Tangata Whenua Caucus in our dynamic, Te Tiriti-based and future-focused Community Research. Contribute your skills, passion for community, and experience, in a real and powerful way. We are looking for a kaitiaki-board member for our Tangata Whenua Caucus who has connections with hapū, iwi and Māori, and Māori knowledge and mātauranga in research relevant to place. This is your chance to contribute to whānau and diverse communities by supporting us. We meet four times a year to provide strategic direction for the organisation.

Nau mai, haere mai.

Community Research Kaitiaki-Board Position

Role Description

The Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre (Community Research) has an exciting opportunity available for people interested in working within a Tiriti-based governance structure to contribute to the strategic oversight of our not-for-profit organisation.

We are recruiting one board member for our Tangata Whenua caucus. This is a voluntary role for a term of three years, with the option of extending for an additional term.

These are our current kaitiaki: https://communityresearch.org.nz/about-community-research/our-people/

We contribute to a healthy, engaged and informed tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector (sector) by sharing research and resources through web-based technologies. We connect those working in the Sector to resources exploring community-based knowledge to enable a real difference to how people work with communities. Our work includes the Community Research website; our webinar and podcast programme; the What Works website; the Whānau Ora Research website; tautoko for refugee and migrant background researchers; the Code of Practice for Community Researchers; our Directory of Researchers; special collections of research for Pacific communities, housing and climate justice; and our upcoming Knowledge Collision Symposium.

An integral part of our organisational whakapapa is our commitment to a Tiriti relationship framework. We operate a two-house model of governance with a Tangata Tiriti caucus and a Tangata Whenua caucus that together govern our organisation. This governance model allows for different world views to be embedded in our organisational culture and directs the work that we do, the voices that we amplify through our webinars and the online resources that we share.

Kaitiaki caucus members meet four times per year, and contribute in between these hui to support the organisation.

Our ideal candidate for this role will be:

  • Committed to the vision and purpose of Community Research
  • Able to demonstrate strategic leadership skills
  • Committed to our Tiriti-based governance model
  • Have the capacity to contribute to hui and between hui
  • Bring their networks and connections to our mahi.

You can be situated anywhere in Aotearoa.

In addition, we are particularly interested in applications from people with any of the following attributes:

  • Experience working with organisations from the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector
  • Networks within research or evaluation communities in Aotearoa, or an aspiration to ensure knowledge and lived experience is validated alongside academic research
  • Communications, fundraising or social impact expertise
  • We particularly encourage applications from women, Tangata Whenua, LGQBT+ and rural areas.

Please apply by email by 18 August 2022 with your CV and a cover letter to admin@communityresearch.org.nz

To kōrero, please email above.

Community Research


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