Vacancy: Safari Multicultural ECE Playgroup Programme Manager

March 13, 2018

Safari Programme Manager

6 months contract – 20 hours per week.

  • Lead and Support the diverse playgroup leaders
  • Make a difference to our multicultural families in early childhood years.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Whāriki curriculum and its associated principles.

The Safari Multicultural Playgroup Project is a joint initiative of two NGO settlement agencies – Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) and Auckland Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC).

The Safari Multicultural Playgroups support mothers with children under five years old, from former refugee and migrant backgrounds. There are currently 4 playgroup locations across Auckland and each playgroup runs 2-3 morning sessions per week following the NZ Early Childhood Education Curriculum. Alongside the playgroups the project offers mothers English classes, information and parenting workshops and connection with other service providers. Mothers are encouraged to participate in play with their children while also pursuing their own personal development.

The Role

Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversight of all strategic and operational aspects of the Safari Multicultural Playgroups
  • Support and coaching of Safari Project Workers
  • Recruitment and overall management and training of Safari teams including Volunteers, Community Assistants, English teachers, Van drivers
  • Setting up a fourth playgroup in Auckland
  • Oversight of English Classes and capacity building initiatives for parents
  • Management of resources, administration and finances of playgroups
  • Relationship building with former refugee and migrant communities
  • Collaboration with service providers
  • Project Reporting

Must have the following:

  • Formal ECE Teaching qualification
  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Whāriki curriculum and its associated principles.
  • Understanding of former refugee community needs.
  • Work history within multi-lingual / multicultural environments.
  • Experience managing multicultural teams.
  • Proven skills in community / individual capacity building and mentoring
  • Proven skills in project management and coordination
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Own motor vehicle
  • Clean NZ Police record


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Good leadership, motivational and organisational skills
  • Capable of working both on own initiative and as part of a wider team
  • Sincerity, patience, tact and the ability to earn the trust of others
  • Excellent listening skills and confidence in talking to people both in groups and on a one-to-one basis

Download the  Application form Safari

Download the Position Description Safari Programme Manager Maternity Cover Feb 2018

Only those applicants who have provided an ARMS application form, CV and cover letter that addresses the key requirements for the job will be considered.

Please send these to  no later than 4:00 pm on Wed 4th April 2018.