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Senior Adviser (Registered Psychologist) - Psychology and Programmes

Department of Corrections
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Senior Adviser (Registered Psychologist)– Psychology and Programmes

  • Salary: $91,953 - $129,816 dependent on experience
  • National Office – Wellington
  • Permanent position

As an organisation we value our Psychologists. We employ approximately 180 Psychologists, in both National Office and across New Zealand. Our Psychologists have a strong professional identity and they have an opportunity to make a difference not only with offenders but help shape policy, design and development of practice, programmes and interventions.

Have you had experience in delivering interventions and programmes? This is your chance to have influence over the direction of these programmes and be a part of driving the direction of the programmes within the Criminal Justice Sector. We are looking for a passionate and innovative Psychologist to be involved in developing policies, procedures and materials used for implementing and managing interventions.

A key part of our efforts to reduce reoffending is our suite of medium and high intensity therapeutic programmes. These are delivered throughout New Zealand both in prisons and in the community. They are carefully designed to be effective and are delivered by trained programme facilitators and/or Psychologists.

This role sits within the Psychology and Programmes team at the Department of Corrections' National Office. This position presents the opportunity to leverage your psychology practice experience and use your knowledge in the Correctional field to take a high level overview and broaden your skill base. This role will appeal to you if you wish to utilise your experience to influence best practice nationally across our Correctional Environment.

The team is involved in a diverse portfolio of rehabilitation programmes for men, women, and youth serving community or prison based sentences. The objective of this work is to help people make positive changes and lead law-abiding lives, which in turn will contribute to a reduction in reoffending and create safer communities. The team is tasked to develop best practice guidelines, programmes, integrity monitoring processes, and training to facilitators in the regions.

You will work closely with internal stakeholders in various settings and with external Service Providers to ensure effective management of contracts and services. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience in providing rehabilitation programmes to people who have offended
  • An evidence-based approach to Corrections' rehabilitation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound understanding of kaupapa Maori values and how they apply to rehabilitation
  • Sound judgement and excellent problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

In return we can offer you:

  • An ability to have influence over practice nationally and influence on where the Criminal Justice sector is heading
  • An ability to broaden your skills and further develop your career in this existing space
  • Contribution to the design and development of programmes and policies
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement and consultation and support in the field
  • A passionate and supportive environment

Corrections embrace diversity and are committed to an inclusive workplace.  We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and celebrate the collective talent of all employees.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 17th November 2019

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