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Pastoral care and  spiritual  support

Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board

Chaplaincy Position at University of Otago, Christchurch Campus
(0.1 Fixed Term for a year)

The Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board (OTCTB) is an ecumenical Christian Board responsible for providing Chaplaincy at Otago Polytechnic and at the University of Otago. The Board seeks to further enhance its Chaplaincy Services by appointing a part-time (0.1) Chaplain to serve the University of Otago, Christchurch Campus. Due to funding constraints. this is a fixed-term position for a year.

It is hoped that the Chaplain at University of Otago, Christchurch Campus will:
• Be available to students who wish to discuss issues relating to spirituality, well-being and mental health
• Be involved in Critical Incidents
• Be available to support Staff
• Have an advisory / teaching role to staff and students with regard to spirituality and inter-faith awareness
• Have an advisory/teaching role with regard to student well-being
• Hold sessions on spirituality in groups or to individuals.
• And other duties in discussion with the Board.

This position is open to men and women of Christian faith, lay or ordained. There is a preference for those with experience working in a Tertiary Chaplaincy context. Applicants must be in good standing within their Christian denomination.

Hours: One half-day a week or equivalent.

Responsible: To the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board, and through the Board, to the University of Otago.
Local Reporting: To the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Student Affairs), University of Otago Christchurch; Discussion as necessary with The Dean, University of Otago Christchurch.

Stipend and Allowances: These will be paid at the same rate (pro-rata for a 0.1 position) as other Chaplains employed by the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board. The OTCTB has adopted the stipend scale of the Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy. Appropriate allowances are also paid. A housing allowance will be paid.

Physical Office: At the University of Otago, Christchurch Campus.

Expectations: that the Chaplain would be available to students and staff at University of Otago, Christchurch Campus, and in other regions by teleconference where students of the University of Otago, Christchurch Campus are located (eg Timaru).

For the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board’s Chaplaincy Charter see

For a general Job description of a Chaplain, email David Ojala, Secretary, Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board; Email:

Closing Date: 22 June 2018
Please send your CV and a covering letter to David Ojala, Secretary, Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board; Email:

If you would like to discuss this position with the Board Chair, Professor Paul Trebilco, please email: or call Paul on (03) 4798 798.

Date of Appointment
It is hoped that the appointee will begin as soon as is practicable.

For further information:
The Mission of the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board: The Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board recognises and seeks to honour the Treaty of Waitangi and exists to provide Chaplaincy services that deliver quality pastoral care, spiritual support and educational resourcing to all Otago University and Otago Polytechnic students and staff. We aim to be ever open to developing new and creative approaches in response to the changing needs of the campus communities we serve, as vital expressions of our Churches’ mission to the world God loves.

The over-arching Goals of the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board are:
1. To affirm as Christians the values of the spiritual dimension in the education process.
2. To encourage and contribute to the wise use of knowledge.
3. To foster a sense of community within the tertiary institutions and promote links between these institutions and local and national Christian church communities.
4. To participate in the provision of pastoral care.
5. To maintain the resources required to support ecumenical chaplaincy work on the Otago tertiary Campuses.

Please  check out our  Facebook page for what is happening !

Kia ora  koutou.  Our Chaplaincy team is  here  to  support and encourage  you during your  years  at  University and Polytechnic. We are not out to convert you, but to accompany when you find yourself dealing with spiritual or religious questions. To be what the Irish call an anam chara - a soul friend. 

We are here to provide pastoral care and a listening ear, to support people of faith (or no faith) in groups or individually, to pray with or for you, and to provide worship opportunities (informal or formal).  We are  here to help  you  nurture  your   spiritual  health and  well-being,  so that you can achieve  your academic  and other  goals  in life.  

Please  come  and visit  us  in the  Upper  Room on the Mezzanine  Floor in the  University  Union building,  or  send us an  e mail  or  txt  to make  an  appointment. Our  contact details  are  available under  the  "About the  Chaplains"  link .      You can also check  out what is happening via  facebook  via  Otago  Tertiary Chaplaincy.     


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National helplines

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Sexuality or gender identity helpline
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Helplines for children and young people
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Help for parents, family and friends
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Life Matters  Suicide  Prevention Trust 

Other specialist helplines
Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or online chat
Are You OK – 0800 456 450 family violence helpline
Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655
Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)
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Warmlines for consumers of mental health services
Free peer support services for people experiencing mental illness or those supporting them
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Wellington 0800 200 207 (7pm–1am, Tuesday to Sunday)

Auckland Central 0508 927 654 or 0508 WARMLINE (8pm to midnight, seven nights)
See also: Apps, e-therapy & guided self help