Nutrition Advisor – Nelson Marlborough

We are looking for a talented Nutrition Advisor, who is passionate about delivering meaningful nutrition advice in schools and early learning services.

About the team

The Nutrition Advisors (NAs) are part of the Education Team. A key objective is to promote heart health by working within the education setting (specifically schools and Pacific early learning services) to help promote equality in health outcomes.

About the role

You will contribute to the achievement of the Heart Foundation’s mission and objectives by delivering and supporting Heart Foundation education programmes and services in schools and early childhood centres using a comprehensive approach which complements the organisational vision and guiding principles.

You'll work with key local stakeholders and influencers in the education sector in order to effectively promote the heart health of children.

You will provide assistance with local events/activities, which support and profile the Heart Foundation.


The role includes travel and may require work outside of usual business hours (e.g. to attend and facilitate community events).

Your skills and attributes


  • A tertiary qualification in Human Nutrition (including an understanding of public health).
  • Strong cross-cultural competencies.
  • Proven experience in promoting, facilitating and motivating individuals, groups, and/or organisations to adopt health promoting practices.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the heart health of New Zealanders, with a focus on addressing health inequalities in high needs groups.
  •  An individual who will work effectively as part of a decentralised team, while also demonstrating an ability to identify, analyse and solve problems on a day-to-day basis, without direct supervision.
  • You will be an experienced presenter with proven skills in promoting, advocating for and supporting initiatives and service delivery.
  • Intermediate Microsoft office suite and general computer skills.
  • A current, clean full driver’s licence and a car you can use for work.


  • An affinity with tikanga Māori philosophy and approaches.
  • An understanding of Pasifika cultures.
  •  An understanding of the educational, socio-economic, cultural and community factors, which influence child health.
  • Experience writing reports related to delivery of community-based services.
  • Experience engaging with the media to advocate for and enhance programme awareness and delivery.
  • Knowledge of the broader context in which schools and early learning services operate.
  • A confident user of online Customer Relationship Management (CRM) databases.
  • Knowledge of sales and social marketing and how these can be used to enhance service delivery.

To apply

To apply for this fixed term, 20 hours/week role, please send your CV and cover letter sharing your motivation for applying to Cecile Woods, Human Resources Advisor:

This job closes on 22 July 2019 at 5pm. 

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