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Youth Specialists (Fixed Term until 28 June 2019) - Whangarei and Kawakawa

Ministry of Social Development
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Community Services
Northland - Whangarei
Job Type:
Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

Ministry of Social Development


Youth Specialists – Whangarei (x2), Kawakawa (x2)

Full Time, Fixed Term / Secondment to 28 June 2019

We have four exciting opportunities for Youth Specialists to join our team. To be effective in this role you need to be able to quickly build rapport and engage with youth to work through barriers in a collaborative way. You will have a pragmatic, highly organised approach and be agile enough to move with the fast paced nature of a project based initiative. This is an important role and your passion for getting great outcomes for youth will empower you to help them maximise their potential.

About the role

The role of the Youth Specialist is to engage with and work alongside 15-24 year old clients intensively as they plan and prepare to move towards work readiness, sustainable employment, independence, or other desirable outcomes. You do this by ensuring they get the support they need, are aware of full range of services available, connect them to appropriate services and opportunities to successfully empower youth to transition to work readiness, training, work, independence and maximising their potential.

The salary range for this role is $58k to $70k per annum pro rata in line with skills and experience.

About the Project

He Poutama Taitamariki (HPT) is a regional initiative designed to empower and enable youth at risk of long term unemployment and poor social outcomes. HPT is tailored to young people and provides intensive support to individuals during the course of his or her journey of life change, training or employment, however long that may be. HPT grew out of the small town pilot programmes KODE, GROW and the regional initiative T500. It has been operating for nearly two years and it represents a significant change in the way we work with and support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and we are excited about the potential impact we can have. HPT combines a youth specific case management model with customised contracted services all of which have in-built manaaki tangata (long term pastoral care). Young people are at the heart of what we do in Northland and this dynamic project has had a significant impact on youth benefit numbers. In December 2016, partners embarked on this new approach with just over 2,600 young people receiving benefits. Today this figure sits at 2118. The issue of youth unemployment and disengagement has been acute in Northland but with initiatives like this, we are changing our story. 

How to apply

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter. In your cover letter please tell us why you want to be involved in He Poutama Taitamariki and outline any relevant experience you have working with youth.

Applications close: Friday 19th October 2018 at 10.00pm

Please note:

  • If you currently work for MSD you must apply through your myHR careers portal at work.
  • For a further discussion about the role contact Kim on (09) 9839131.

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