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Restricted Programmes Mentor

Excited about education and supporting students to be their best?

A unique and rewarding vacancy has just opened at The Learning Connexion School of Creativity and Art and this could be your chance to launch into a role that really makes a difference. 

We need a naturally friendly, supportive and dedicated person to join our Restricted Programmes team as an arts and creativity mentor.

The core function of the role is to provide mentoring support to distance students who are enrolled in our tertiary level creativity courses while studying from prisons (Corrections facilities) throughout New Zealand. On any given day you may be providing feedback on students' artwork, overseeing students' creative progress, assessing if a student has met their programme requirements, or motivating students to move to the next phase of their course. You will also be required to maintain an up-to-date database of student information. 

Please note: This is not a therapy or personal coaching role. Our focus is strictly arts-based.

To be successful in this role you will need to enjoy working in a close-knit team and have a strong visual arts practice. You will be passionate about creativity and the arts and we expect you to have a tertiary level qualification in a visual arts field (or equivalent experience). Any teaching experience is a strong advantage. Additionally, you will demonstrate knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an understanding of, Te Ao Māori and promote tikanga and Te Reo Māori. You will also have knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an appreciation of, te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).

The position is located at our campus in Lower Hutt, however visits to Corrections sites with other Restricted Programmes staff may be required on a case by case basis (full training will be given).


Key skills include:

  • Being organised, adaptable and resilient
  • Being inclusive and non-judgemental
  • Being reliable and confidential
  • Problem solver
  • Having strong writing and speaking skills
  • Being intuitive and open-minded
  • Having a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Being a team player
  • Being initiative driven and self-managing
  • Having strong and efficient computer skills, including experience with databases, Google Docs, Powerpoint, Word and Outlook

You must also be able to:

  • Establish strong working relationships with students to facilitate and encourage learning
  • Motivate and guide a group of students of diverse abilities, locations, and communication preferences
  • Experience in teaching/mentoring adult students
  • Provide meaningful and engaging feedback on students' work by a method best suited to their needs, e.g.  phone, written
  • Oversee students' creative progress and communicating in an open, supportive and transparent manner
  • Assess if a student is meeting programme requirements 

This role is for 35 hours per week; the days worked are negotiable. The successful applicant will be required to undergo a police check.

This is a rare opportunity to work in an innovative and forward-thinking tertiary learning environment that stands-out from the crowd. Our specialised creativity and art programmes are world-class and we are excited to be able to offer you the chance to be part of our talented and diverse team.   

To start the ball rolling towards your next career-step, please email us your current CV (with referee details), covering letter and portfolio of your creative practice to: recruitment@tlc.ac.nz

Applications will close on Friday 26 January at 5.00pm but please note that if the ideal candidate is found prior to this date, we may move forward early with our shortlisting and selection process.

Please note you must be eligible to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

For general enquiries please contact us at info@tlc.ac.nz or call 0800 278 769