Principal - Rochester and Rutherford Hall

Reference Number: 7325aa

Location: Christchurch

  • Christchurch Location
  • Unique Opportunity to Lead a tertiary Hall of Residence
  • Experienced General Manager and Educational Leader

Rochester and Rutherford Hall is a co-educational hall of residence for 192 University of Canterbury undergraduate students, housed in three four-storied buildings plus an additional two properties located on the perimeter of hall grounds.  As an independent hall of residence it is headed by an Executive Council. 

The Hall was founded in 1984 with the merger of Rochester Hall (1956) and Rutherford Hall (1971) coming from different ecumenical backgrounds: Rochester – Catholic, Rutherford – Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist.  With upgraded facilities and set on grounds with established trees and gardens, the Hall prides itself on its food, facilities, community life and academic achievement.  Rochester and Rutherford Hall offers a site that is large enough to be interesting yet small enough for residents to get to know everyone.

Working closely with the Council, the Principal is responsible for the strategic leadership and administration of the Hall, the welfare of its student residents, and will be engaged in the full life of the Hall.  The role manages the facilities and operations; marketing and fundraising; and relationship management with key stakeholders such as the University of Canterbury.  As Principal you will lead the Hall in balancing the needs of the modern student, without losing the history and traditions that gives the Hall its special character.  You will provide a safe supportive student environment whilst maintaining the strong reputation of the Hall. 

Rochester and Rutherford Hall is looking for a person with:

  • visionary leadership, with a passion for young people and education;
  • commercial acumen with strong general management skills;
  • proven experience in a senior leadership role;
  • excellent communication and relationship management skills.

Key to success will be your strategic leadership ability and management skills together with empathy with the Christian faith, and a strong affinity for the pastoral care of students contributing to a caring and supportive environment.  

If you are an outstanding leader, with a passion for the pastoral and academic support of students, and the ability to lead a unique community and the special character of the Hall, we would welcome your application.  An attractive remuneration package is offered including a modern 4-bedroom house provided adjacent to the Hall.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 8 November 2020.  Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

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For more information please phone Andrea Bankier on +64 27 447 8102.

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