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Senior Adviser Psychology - Office of the Chief Psychologist, Service Development

Department of Corrections
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Closing Date: 20th January 2019
Location: National Office 
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Salary Range - $90,151 to $127,271


The Department of Corrections is committed to the provision of high quality psychological approaches to the management of offending behaviour and is recognised as an internationally leader in this field.


This position will suit applicants with considerable practice experience as a psychologist working in the criminal justice setting. This Senior Advisor position offers a unique opportunity to take up a role in a clinical leadership position with clear opportunities for career development and progression within both Psychological Services and the Department of Corrections.


The Senior Adviser Psychology provides information and advice to key internal and external stakeholders on matters related to the delivery of high quality psychological services to offenders. In this role you will respond to queries from regional and Special Treatment Unit (STU) staff regarding psychological processes, and maintain and update key operational documents including the Psychologist's Practice Centre used by Psychologists who work with offenders in the community, mainstream prisons and Special Treatment Units.


As part of our commitment to support best practice psychological services, an important part of this role will be to complete reviews of high level Extended Supervision Order and Section 88 psychological health assessments that will be submitted to the Courts. The successful candidate will have considerable experience in completing high level psychological assessments for Courts and also carry experience of supervision and quality systems associated with ensuring best practice on such work.


The successful applicant will be an experienced Senior Registered Psychologist and have a track record of training and supporting staff in their clinical practice and will be able to apply these skills to assist Senior Psychologists in their own high level work. This position will work closely with the Manager Practice Design and Development and teams responsible for managing high risk offenders to deliver and develop high quality services that support and continue to improve important efforts maintaining public safety.


A key part of this role is to also review Court and Parole Board decisions as well as legislative changes and provide advice as to how this might relate to psychological best practice. 


The role will also require you to respond to requests from other agencies, making sound recommendations, ensuring the quality and integrity of the delivery of psychological services and provision of information about individual offenders.


This role offers an opportunity to join a busy team of experienced psychologists who provide clinical leadership to one of the largest groups of psychologists in New Zealand. This role will offer a unique chance to be involved in research, programme and service design and inter agency working. Successful applicants will receive excellent training opportunities within the field of psychology and more broadly within the organisation. Staff are fully supported to pursue continuing competency both with internal and external training opportunities.


As part of the wider departmental commitment to responsiveness to Maori, the successful applicant will have demonstrated a strong desire to incorporate cultural responsiveness to their work in clinical practice and higher level departmental work.


The successful applicant will have:

  • A minimum of Master's Degree in Psychology
  • Hold a current practicing certificate as a Registered Psychologist
  • Hold extensive practice experience as a Senior Psychologist, with expertise as a supervisor and high level psychological health assessor
  • Practical knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand criminal justice sector and relevant legislation and policies
  • Excellent communication, written and problem solving capability
  • Excellent understanding on research methodologies
  • Desire to utilise their psychological skills in a National Office Environment

This presents as an opportunity to broaden your skill base and we welcome applications from people who possess a range of levels of experience.


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.


All applications must be submitted online via our recruitment system. Please note: Applications that are emailed directly will NOT be considered.

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