Join our team and help young Kiwis build skills for the 21st century


Are you a motivated self-starter looking for a challenge with purpose? We are on the hunt for a high-energy connector to bring the Like a Boss (L.A.B) programme to more communities and schools around New Zealand.


The L.A.B Programme Lead is responsible for activating and growing a thriving community of L.A.B schools and teachers across Aotearoa, and helping this community to navigate the L.A.B programme and grow 21C skills.


This is an outstanding opportunity for a passionate people person to join a small innovative team committed to ensuring that all young people in Aotearoa have the twenty first century skills to survive and thrive in the new world of work.

The kind of work you'll be doing

As the Like A Boss (L.A.B) Programme Lead  at 21C Skills Lab, you will engage in a broad scope of work including (but not limited to);

  • Consulting and Coordination. You will work independently with individual teachers, school leaders, schools and  kura supporting them with processes, advice and innovation to improve the learning outcomes of the L.A.B programme. This work involves both travelling to work on site in schools and other organisations across mainly the upper North Island as well as desktop work, providing and building  solutions for the teachers and students you are working with. ​

  • Facilitating Like A Boss workshops. You will work with audiences of 1-10  educators, and at times their classes of students  moving them through building teacher and student learning experiences and outcomes  that are innovative for Like A Boss.

  • Customers management. You will work with customers, including  school teachers to give them a positive learning and engagement experience of working with Like A Boss Programme  for  21C Skills Lab.

  • Programme creation. You will work with members of the 21C Skills Lab team and  your wider diverse networks to champion teachers  to innovate and implement new approaches to foster education innovation   in Like A Boss Programme design.

The kind of person we are looking for to do the mahi

  • School connection and support experience. We are looking for someone who preferably has experience of  inspiring and motivating  teachers and students  at intermediate and high school to embrace new ways of  learning in school/s and mobilising teams of students and rangatahi.

The following experience is desirable in applicants

  • Commitment to Māori. 21C Skills Lab are committed to supporting Māori achievement through Like A Boss, and other partnering programmes connected to 21C Skills Lab.  You will support the team to develop and maintain relationships with iwi Māori in accordance to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.   You will be comfortable working within Te Ao Māori and have a strong understanding and commitment of āhuatanga Māori (values, culture and tikanga).   Your knowledge and experience of working with / in kura kaupapa Māori, wharekura and decile 1-4 schools will be instrumental in supporting the team to design, and deliver Like A Boss and partnering programmes that are inclusive of whānau and iwi in the learning experience.  

  • Experience as a facilitator. Quite quickly in this role you will be a facilitator with groups of experienced and passionate educators or students  in small and large classroom/workshop settings in schools or kura.  You need to be a confident facilitator, quickly learning the Like A Boss  programme tools and programmes and  enabling teachers  to deliver and students to participate in a positive, impactful learning experience

  • Consulting experience. Whilst this is not a deal breaker, ideally you will have experience of working as a learning broker within education with a range of different cultures and customers or you will have led and managed programmes or projects in a school or kura identifying challenges and opportunities  and coming up with actionable solutions.  Or maybe worked delivering external youth programmes into schools, marae  or through holiday programmes

  • Experience with the Intermediate and Secondary School education system in New Zealand. Much of the coordination and facilitation work you’ll be undertaking involves consulting on Like A Boss programme within the school sector. You will need experience working across mainstream and Māori medium schools, years 7-10.

Strengths and skills we'll be looking for in the successful applicant to do the mahi


  • Zest and charisma. For the benefit of both our work with school leaders, teachers  and students and for our internal culture we are looking for someone who brings energy to their work and our team. 

  • Autonomy and independence. Individuals with gutsy initiative and a demonstrated ability to work autonomously are encouraged to apply! 

  • Team work. Our  tight small team operates with agility and we are looking for someone who can contribute ideas, challenge assumptions and get their hands dirty to get good work done. 

  • Enthusiasm for task completion. We get great satisfaction from getting good work completed.

  • Adaptability. Our  Like A Boss programme work is very fast paced and constantly evolving. To succeed in this work you will have an ability to learn quickly and respond to constructive feedback well. 

How we work as a team

The 21C Skills Lab is  based in Auckland . We  have a strong remote working culture, where we work through Trello,  Active Campaign, Teachable and Co Assemble and other technology platforms. We are fine with people working remotely from their home or from other locations. We make an effort to ensure we spend some time with each other in person in Auckland  when possible. You will be well supported in the role, but also expected to learn quickly.

Things you should know about this role


  • Much of your work is in Auckland and upper North Island so ideally you will be living in or near Auckland.

  • You will need to be able to travel and feel comfortable travelling alone when  and as required so your own car or access to a vehicle essential. 

  • You will need to be comfortable working in Te Ao Māori environments, and demonstrate sensitivity towards Māori and Pacific Island cultures.

  • This is  3 days  per week  contract  role for 1 year   and you will be busy!

  • This role is a 12 month fixed term role from 1 June 2020 until  31 May 2021. However, it is possible that you will become a core member of the 21C Skill Lab team in the years ahead.

  • Travel allowances are provided when you are required to travel, along with all equipment to get good mahi done!

  • A phone allowance of $60.00  per month is provided.

  • The contracted  part time role is  3 days weekly  with an annual $49.5K part time salary with opportunity to review in 6 months on performance.  Monthly phone allowance and travel allowance over and above contracted 3 day weekly annual contracted rate will be provided.

If this sounds like you and you want to know more, get in touch with our Chief Communicator Saphron (

A bit about us

 21C Skills Lab is committed to designing programmes to unlock the potential of New Zealand’s educators and young people, by transforming our education system to keep up with a world being rapidly changed by constant innovation.


All sectors – education, business, philanthropy, government and the community – need to work together to ensure that our educators and learners develop critical 21C skills like creativity, collaborative problem-solving, communication, digital and global literacy and resilience. We need to support our rangatahi to make good learning and career choices throughout uncertain working lives.

Transforming our education system will require a step-change in teacher capability. Many teachers – young and old – have never experienced a career outside teaching and have little or no contact with the outside world of work. We need an educator workforce that understands the skills young people now need, and which can support learning in a way that shows students the career relevance of the knowledge and skills they are building.

Working with  educators  and students in initially the upper North Island 21C Skills Lab  believe that the most powerful ideas for change in schools almost always come from teachers and school leaders and students and we work across the upper North Island in New Zealand  to unleash teacher and student -led innovation. Our work ranges from engaging with teachers  to support delivery of the Like A Boss programme, to running workshops with teachers, to  digital learning approaches. All of our work builds a national movement of educators keen to make positive change in schools. 

The 21C Skills Lab  team is fast-paced, productive and cutting-edge, and we are purposeful about building a small, tight  positive team culture. We are experienced people passionate about education and skills  for the new era of work. 


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