ActionStation are hiring a Community Organiser!

Applications close Sunday 18 August at 8pm

3 min readJul 27, 2018

ActionStation is an independent, member-led not-for-profit community campaign organisation representing over 150,000 New Zealanders.

We’re a small, ambitious and nimble organisation and we’re looking for a new Community Organiser with great people skills, top-notch organising abilities, and a passion for getting things done.

Alongside our campaign staff, your job will be to organise ActionStation members, and others, to hold political, cultural and corporate leaders to account for the things they say and do on Tiriti o Waitangi and race; increase Māori representation and participation in politics, and strengthen connections and solidarity between Māori and non-Māori for a fairer, more flourishing and vibrant future.

You will also support campaign staff to organise more online to offline actions across our healthy water/rivers, compassionate justice system, open democracy and ending sexual violence campaigns.

You’ll probably have one to two years relevant experience, but this doesn’t necessarily need to come from paid work, it can be from work that you have done on a voluntary basis or in your own community.

You will have a deep commitment to our mission to tautoko (support) and whakamana (uplift) everyday New Zealanders to act together in powerful and coordinated ways to create what we cannot achieve on our own: a society, economy and democracy that serves all of us — everyday people and Papatūānuku, our beautiful planet.

Hours: 32–40 hours per week

Salary: $60,000 per annum pro rata

Location: Preferably Wellington but we also have three staff and an office space in Auckland. Some travel may be required.

Perks: Flexible working hours, great opportunities for professional development here and abroad and an annual contribution of $200 toward wellness (e.g. massage, gym).

Reporting to the Director, the position will start in September 2018.

Your role will include:

  • Supporting ActionStation members and staff to organise offline and win campaigns locally and nationally that advance tino rangatiratanga
  • Support partner organisations and passionate individuals directly to build local organising capacity around Te Tiriti
  • Create opportunities for affinity building between members e.g. hui, film nights, book clubs, fundraiser parties etc
  • Identify and action potential partner opportunities to further these aims
  • Organise campaign actions and logistics, from op-eds to hui to public petition deliveries
  • Work with our team of campaigners to support people who start petitions on our platform to advance Māori interests — providing strategic advice, conducting media outreach, and promoting them across the web and to our members via email
  • Build and maintain relationships within te ao Māori, while building bridges for others to connect as well
  • Help to shape the overall strategic direction of the organisation, and at times support other tasks of the organisation including recruitment, team building, management, and special projects

Your core skills and experience could include:

  • Knowledge of tikanga, kawa and te ao Māori
  • Identifying, designing, and winning a campaign with on or offline tactics
  • Facilitation experience — this job will require working with lots of different members and experience in making sure everyone can participate is important
  • Event management experience
  • Training or teaching people
  • Proven track record of working with iwi and hapū, community, university or other groups
  • Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Passion and commitment to justice, citizen empowerment and social change
  • Understanding of how civic advocacy and public campaigning function
  • Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture
  • Project management skills — this job requires timely and decisive project prioritisation and resource allocation
  • Creativity for campaign tactics and strategies
  • Tech savviness
  • A willingness to take risks, fail and adapt

To apply:

Please send a CV and cover letter to with the subject line “Application: Organiser”. Please send as PDF documents with your first and last names in the file name.

We welcome and value the contributions that individuals who identify as members of marginalised communities bring to our organisation, and encourage Māori, people of colour, women, people identifying as LGBTQIA+, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities to apply.

We recognise that this list is neither exhaustive nor representative of the intersectionality present within each individual. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for employment equity.




Community campaigning organisation bringing people together to act in powerful and coordinated ways to create a fair and flourishing Aotearoa for all.