Rangatahi Transitions Navigator – Native Tech, Rotorua


Are you interested and passionate about working with rangatahi Māori? Do you have a passion for working with young people (aged 15 to 24), not in employment, education or training (NEET), or at risk of long-term unemployment?  Would you like to support our rangatahi to actively engage in learning and to attain and sustain employment?  Do you like to work in a fun and inspiring environment?  

Native Tech (a programme powered by Digital Natives Academy) is looking for a motivated and experienced Rangatahi Navigator to be part of our programme.

Native Tech is an initiative developed by Digital Natives Academy, a non-profit, which was established in 2014 to encourage young people wanting to enter the digital tech industry the power to create, transform, shape and develop their own digital tools. 

Native Tech’s vision is to create the next generation of digital leaders. Our foundation is based on a Te Ao Māori worldview and we provide Kaupapa Māori and Matauranga Māori programme delivery. Native Tech is in the process of registering as a Private Training Establishment via NZQA and once complete will be able to deliver NCEA accredited programmes (with a focus on levels 1-3 in digital and creative tech + other non-accredited programmes).

Our goal is to create industry relevant career pathways for young people who don’t have access to technology. We do this to inspire them to become makers and innovators of technology, rather than simply users and consumers of it.  

As Rangatahi & Transitions Navigator you will:

  • Work as part of a team alongside the Native Tech’s leadership team, teaching team and administrator and 1 other Rangatahi Navigator and Transitions Navigator as well as DNA staff.
  • Identify and recruit young people aged 15 to 24 years who are NEET or at a high risk of becoming NEET with a focus on neurodiverse, LGBTQI+ rangatahi.
  • Work with, and support, young people to identify individual support needs, develop aspirational pathway plans and build quality relationships.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and support for young people and help with navigating their journey to help them to achieve their tailored pathway plan (including whānau where able).
  • Support young people to develop key employability skills, additional work readiness and life skills.
  • Work in partnership with the Academic Team and Transitions Navigator to identify possible job or training opportunities, in particular vocational pathways.
  • Work within a collaborative approach within all aspects of work.
  • Work with Teaching Staff and Industry Relationships Strategist to help transition young people in our programme on to further work, education and/or training.
  • Accompany learners as they explore external activities.
  • Help develop related programmes and deliver workshops in your key areas of expertise.
  • Refer young people who need expert care and support to health and social service providers and support them through this process.
  • Act as a chaperone on a limited number of day/overnight trips.
  • Occasionally act as site supervisor.
  • Support related events.
  • Keep related student records (related to pastoral care) up to date in terms of plan developed, care provided and where students are on their journey.


Our successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in youth work; an understanding of youth development best practice; an ability to provide a tailored approach (including information, skills, knowledge, connections, guidance, employment opportunities and pastoral care) that supports young people to being work-ready, and gain and sustain employment; provide collaboratively, with ‘partners, an intensive and comprehensive wrap-around service to remove the barriers our young people face; demonstrate professionalism and strong work ethic, including maintaining confidentiality; and, be creative, innovative, flexible and able to use initiative.

Must have a full-license and be available to drive during work hours. All staff are police vetted annually. First Aid training is a plus.

All service delivery will be underpinned by Native Tech and DNA’s vision, mission, values, principles. Native Tech is committed to the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and youth development and our foundation is based on Mātauranga & Tikanga Māori.

The position is for a fixed term through to November 2023 with an option of renewing for an additional two years pending renewed funding.  We are offering a competitive salary and a great work environment! If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!!

Applications for this position will close at 5pm on 27 Feb 2023; however, it will close earlier if a suitable applicant is found prior to this date. 

Role to start 1 Mar 2023, programme to start end of March 2023.
Contract provided will detail all key responsibilities.

Job Category: Youth Employment/Pastoral Care

Job Type: Full Time

Job Location: Rotorua

Job Hours: 10am-3:30pm + occasional events/field trips

To apply, click here: www.nativetech.ac.nz/apply

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