Lead Adviser - School Counselling at NZ Ministry of Education, Wellington
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
- Fixed Term until 30 June 2022
- National Oversight
- Flexible working arrangements negotiable
Education plays a critical role in promoting and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.
The Ministry promotes a holistic approach to wellbeing for tamariki and their whānau. As part of this approach, we are implementing an alternative model of counselling in selected schools, with expertise provided from outside the education sector.
Are you passionate about supporting the wellbeing of tamariki and whānau in schools?
Community Provision of Counselling in Schools
At least 130 schools involving around 21,000 ākonga will receive access to counselling support from the community sector.
Counselling will be tailored to the different needs of schools and integrated with a wide range of wellbeing supports in the school environment.
About our group and team
Service Support sits in the Learning Support team and is responsible for a range of programmes and services that support students across New Zealand to stay engaged and achieve in education. The team provides schools and community groups support and guidance to create and maintain a positive and inclusive learning environment.
About this role
The Lead Advisor - School Counselling will work closely with regional offices and national stakeholders to support the establishment of the school counselling initiative. The Lead Advisor will be the coordination point for initiatives at the national level related to counselling support.
The Lead Advisor will:
- Develop a national implementation plan to support the establishment of the counselling initiative in eight regions.
- Manage relationships with regional offices and national stakeholders and share information across the programme.
- Develop guidance to ensure best practice and reporting processes are embedded in the regional programmes.
- Provide advice on how the counselling in schools work could work collaboratively with other mental health and wellbeing supports in schools, including Mana Ake and Social Workers in Schools.
- Build connections with relevant Ministry strategies, approaches and initiatives.
You will bring your experience working on other wellbeing initiatives, particularly with younger children in the school environment.
Your strength will be your ability to manage relationships across multiple stakeholders and your ability to analyse and synthesis information across a range of sources.
You will have excellent project management and communication skills, with the ability to respond to the changing needs of communities as they emerge.
As a Lead Advisor you will have a passion for supporting an inclusive education system that meets the needs of all ākonga.
To be successful in the role you will:
- require a passion for working in a team that prioritises working with schools on ākonga mental health and wellbeing
- be passionate about diversity and demonstrate your ability to work with Māori and Pacific communities, and ākonga with learning support needs
- have excellent relationship, communication and analytical skills
- prioritise building great relationships and partnerships with people at all levels of the organisation
- have relevant experience in developing best practice and reporting processes
- apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to the programme
You will be joining a new team who are passionate about changing the way we work to improve educational outcomes for our learners, and committed to building transparent, ongoing partnerships that enable us to keep learners at the heart of everything we do.
Are you ready to make a difference?
The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that what we are currently doing and what we plan to do in the future promotes and improves the wellbeing of all learners.
There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.
For further information, please contact Michael Stewart, 04 4631058
Applications close on Wednesday 4 August 2021.
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
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