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Youth Workers (Permanent) - Whakatakapokai Residence, Manurewa

Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki
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Social, welfare & community
Auckland - Manurewa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Job ID: 13064


Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki

Youth Workers – Whakatakapokai Residence – Manurewa, South Auckland

Permanent, Full Time



Help young people achieve positive outcomes!



We are a new Ministry committed to putting vulnerable children and young people at the heart of everything we do and say.  


Here at Whakatakapokai we are a care and protection residence focused on achieving positive change in the lives of vulnerable young people generally from 12 to 18 years of age. Our youth workers help young people integrate back into the community by delivering innovative programmes such as therapeutic interventions, life and social skills development and vocational education.


As a youth worker you will manage group dynamics and actively contribute to the pro-social living environment. You will have significant opportunity to design individual and small group programmes to meet the diverse needs of young people.



We currently have openings for youth workers to join our three units:


Main Residence


We accommodate up to 20 young people between the ages of 12 and 18 in this unit. Youth Workers create and implement care and action plans which include the general social and life skills necessary to flourish in the community.

Throughout a young person's stay, individualised interventions and supports are used to build mana and shape pro-social behaviours. 


Pumanawa Independence Programme


This unit provides a supported living environment that helps facilitate the transition of young people to independent living in the community. The team work with up to six young people 16 Years and over. They undertake intense front line work with young people to establish individualised goals around well-being, social skills, life skills and vocational programmes.


Taonga Whetū


This Kaupapa Māori unit has six beds and is located within our Te Arai o te Mangai Marae. The programme is aligned with bicultural principled framework, Te Toka Tumoana. Young people are connected to the positive influences in their lives; whānau, hapū and iwi. We work extensively within a Kaupapa Māori environment alongside community based programmes.


Requirements and Benefits


We are looking for people with diverse backgrounds to meet the needs of rangatahi. You might be experienced working with youth or with Kaupapa Māori or have a psychology, education, sports & recreation, sociology or other mental health qualification that you can draw from. Most all you must be dedicated to unlocking potential in young people.   


As the residence operates seven days a week, these positions cover shift work which includes working weekends and public holidays.


To be considered for this role you need:


  • To be willing to put young people's needs at the heart of everything you do
  • Initiative, good judgement and the ability to ‘think on your feet'
  • A full clean driver's licence
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • To be computer literate and know how to use Microsoft word, email and the internet.



In return we offer:


  • Salary range $39,223 to $61,637 per annum (based on skills and experience)
  • An additional allowance of 20% of base salary for working rotating shifts 
  • Comprehensive induction and training
  • On-going coaching and development
  • Supportive, dedicated team environment.



Please apply online with your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter please tell us how you will use your skills and experience them to make a positive difference in young people's lives. 



If you currently work for Oranga Tamariki please apply online through your myHR careers portal at work so your application connects to your employee record.


Only applications made online will be accepted.


Applications close: Sunday 20th August 2017 at 10.00pm


More information


Click here to view the position description



To find out more about the work we do here at Oranga Tamariki click here



For a further discussion about the role please contact Sharon (Team Leader Support Services) on (09) 917 5447.

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