Knowledge and Research Specialist

The MHF is looking for a talented and experienced secondary researcher and record-keeper to take our records management and archives forward, and join our research service to help respond to the research needs of our organisation.
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Position: Knowledge and Research Specialist
Opens: 22 August 2022
Closes: 12 September 2022
  • Based at the heart of Maungawhau, Mt Eden
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Summer hours (half day Fridays during daylight savings!)
  • Vibrant and modern office space
  • Competitive salary

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHF) is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

The MHF is launching into an exciting new phase of knowledge and information management, and this new role will be part of it. If you’re a talented and experienced secondary researcher and record-keeper and want to be a part of taking us to the next level, this is the role for you.

This role is responsible for taking our records management and archives forward, as well as joining our research service and responding to the research needs of our organisation. 

Working within our resource and information service (RIS) team, you’ll work across all our teams and with other stakeholders to provide access to evidence and information that helps us achieve our goals. Your work will guide the MHF in our mission to prevent suicide, eradicate stigma and discrimination and improve the positive mental health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. 

Your research, records and people skills and experience will be put to great use as you assist MHF staff in using and accessing information and contribute towards creating an Aotearoa where all people thrive. 

You’ll be joining a highly skilled team of people focused on different aspects of information and knowledge, working in an exciting environment of like-minded professionals. If you are all about empowering people through access to information and knowledge and have an interest in health in Aotearoa New Zealand, this is the role for you.

You will have: 

  • Experience of working within an information service, providing literature search services 
  • Experience sharing information with people face-to-face, through educational sessions or similar
  • Reference, research and analysis competencies 
  • Strong research literacy and online information literacy skills 
  • Understanding of a range of research tools, and ability to match research tools to type of data and information required 
  • An ability to deal empathetically with those seeking information and a consideration for the unique nature of the organisation and its work   
  • Understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and practical application and an existing knowledge of and willingness to grow and extend knowledge of Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori.
  • Understanding of, and experience with people from a wide range of cultures/ ethnicities and life experiences

If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

What we offer

  • A vibrant, open-plan office based in the heart of Mt Eden
  • A positive, supportive, friendly and collaborative team culture
  • Professional and personal development opportunities.

The MHF works within its organisational values of:

  • Ōritetanga – fairness and equity 
  • Tika, Pono, Aroha – respect, truthfulness, compassion 
  • Whānaungatanga – trusted relationships, whānau-centred 
  • Te Pae Tawhiti – innovation 
  • Toitū – sustainability.

This is a new role and sits within the Mental Health Foundation’s resource and information service (RIS) team and reports to the knowledge, resources and information manager.

The salary is $63,000–$73,000 and will be commensurate to the successful candidate's skills and experience for the role. 

We value the expertise of people with experience of mental distress or illness - or tāngata mātau-ā-wheako – and are an EEO employer. 

The Mental Health Foundation actively promotes the articles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

 This role is based in Auckland and is a hybrid style of working – some in office and some work from home.

If you would like to apply for this role, please complete this application: and there you will find a copy of the job description. 

The closing date for applications is Monday, 12 September at 5pm

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