Psychologist at NZ Ministry of Education, Bay of Plenty
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
Permanent, full-time role
Taupō, Bay of Plenty
- We have a big and important job to do, and we need your help
- Make a real difference in children and young people's lives
- Work as part of a trans-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals
Use your specialist skills and experience to help maximise learning and promote social inclusion for children and young people with learning support needs.
Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education is looking for a permanent, full-time Psychologist to be part of a close-knit, community-focused team that maximises learning and promotes social inclusion for children and young people with learning support needs.
This role is based at our Taupō Office offering a fantastic lifestyle and work-life balance opportunity. Applicants who live in the surrounding Bay of Plenty or South Waikato areas and are willing to commute may also be interested in this role.
Help shape the future of Education
He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga
We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes
At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.
We help shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.
We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by
- Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- Giving priority to regional and local voice.
- Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
- Improving feedback loops and information flows.
Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.
About our group and team
Te Mahau | Te Tai Whenua (Central) is a frontline group. Our frontline groups will collectively provide leadership and integrated services to the sector and others. This includes services such as learning support and education advice, and regulation functions for schools and early learning services.
Learning Support is a critical part of the Te Mahau | Te Tai Whenua (Central) Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.
Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.
To learn more about Learning Support, the roles we offer, frequently asked questions, and more, click here.
Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role
As a Psychologist you will play a critical role in our region's Learning Support team by:
- Identifying patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour.
- Enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings.
- Providing professional support and guidance to schools, teachers and families and building the capacity of those who are best placed to support the learning of children and young people.
- Providing appropriate in-depth specialist assessment and analysis for evidenced informed interventions.
- Working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child's needs are complex.
Mōhou ake | About you
To be successful you will need:
- A Masters level tertiary qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology or equivalent.
- To be registered under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act and to hold a current practicing certificate.
- Ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information.
- Ability to co-ordinate service provision in a multi-agency, trans-disciplinary setting.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and teachers across a diverse range of settings.
- The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?
We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector. We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.
All applications must be submitted online. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply' button. In your cover letter we'd like to know:
- about you, your values, your whakapapa
- your interest and motivations for this role
- the abilities, strengths, personal attributes and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.
Please note that this role is affected by the COVID-19 Public Health (Vaccinations) Order 2021.
To be offered this role, the successful applicant will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical exemption and provide evidence of their vaccination status.
There is more information regarding this role in the position description attached.
For further information, please contact Pennie Muldoon at 07 349 7464 and/or email Pennie.Muldoon@education.govt.nz.
Applications close on Wednesday, 5 October 2022.
Please note that applications may be assessed as they are received, and we will progress suitable candidates to interview during that time. We also reserve the right to close our advertising early if a successful candidate is found.
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||NZ Ministry of Education|
|Location:||Bay of Plenty|
|Position type:||Permanent full-time|
|Attachment:||JD - Psychologist.pdf (PDF, 524KB)
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