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Principal Adviser - Tai Aroha Expansion

Department of Corrections
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Social, welfare & community
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Job Description

Vacancy Number: SDCR11506 
Closing Date: 11.30pm Thursday 25 July 2019
Location: Flexible Location 


  • 3 year fixed term contract
  • Ability to work remotely


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.

Tai Aroha is a violence prevention programme. It offers a therapeutic community in Hamilton for men of all cultures and nationalities, providing residents with an intensive therapeutic programme and other positive activities such as team building, educational activities and work programmes.

The Principal Adviser - Tai Aroha Expansion will work as part of a project that will provide support to the Tai Aroha Expansion Programme. 

In this role you will be supporting the Manager High Intensity Psychology Programmes to lead the redesign of the Tai Aroha programme, support the training of rehabilitation staff and other staff, and work with the Department's community engagement specialists, partners and Service Providers to deliver successful community engagements.

Your accountabilities will also include:


  • Leading the development of an implementation plan for the programme expansion
  • Re-design or oversee the design of the Tai Aroha programme manual
  • Building practice guidance and mentoring for new staff
  • Providing ongoing support for monitoring the effectiveness of the programme
  • Facilitating workshops and ensuring effective consultation and engagement while identifying approaches to strengthening our practice


To be successful in this position you will need:


  • Knowledge of psychological theory and practise as it relates to a criminal justice corrections setting
  • Experienced as a registered psychologist in NZ Corrections
  • Preference (but not essential) for some of that experience to have been undertaken in a Special Treatment Unit setting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


It is imperative that interested applicants are motivated to develop their cultural intelligence given the over-representation of Maori (Indigenous New Zealanders) with the New Zealand Corrections context.

Applicants must be a Registered Psychologist, or have the ability to register with the New Zealand Psychologist Board.

Tikina te manuka kia tina!
Take up the challenge and make a difference!

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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