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Regional Disability Advisor (Fixed Term for 12 Months) - Rotorua

Ministry of Social Development
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Bay of Plenty - Rotorua
Bay of Plenty
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Regional Disability Advisor – Rotorua
Bay of Plenty Region
Full Time, Secondment/Fixed Term for 12 Months 


We have an exciting opportunity for a disability sector expert to join our regional team in an advisory role.  Based from Rotorua, with travel around Bay of Plenty Region, this specialist position involves advocacy and building strong networks to create opportunities for employment and training. Working closely with Case Managers and other staff, you will work to educate, enlighten and broaden the understanding of reasonable accommodations and vocational opportunities available to clients with disabilities.  


About the role


The Regional Disability Advisor is responsible for providing specialist advice on the disability factors associated with a client's application, review/renewal of benefit and entitlement to services.  In this role you  focus on matters relating to disabled people seeking income and employment support, the barriers created by the client's disability, what support options may exist for reducing or removing the effect of these barriers and what service options may be suitable for the client to enable them to achieve a sustainable employment outcome.  Their professional advice will influence the outcome for the client.  You will  also champion disability awareness and issues within Service Delivery front-line offices and the region as a whole. This role is part of a network of Regional Health and Disability Advisors that is supported professionally by two Principal Advisors located in National Office


To be successful in this role you will have:


  • An understanding of the disability support networks available in the community
  • Experience working in the disability or health sector, ideally with an employment focus
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to provide clear, succinct, professional advice
  • Great relationship management skills with the ability to build effective networks with health and disability providers, practitioners and community groups
  • Ability to travel around Bay of Plenty region is essential. 


In return we offer: 


  • An inclusive, diverse and collaborative environment
  • Salary Range F which is $64,219 to $88,301 per annum (in line with skills and experience)
  • The opportunity to make a difference and contribute to positive outcomes.


How to apply


Before applying please take time to review the position description.


  • Internal MSD Employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work. 
  • External applicants please ‘apply online' through our MSD careers page with your CV.  


No need to upload a cover letter, instead answer the following questions in your online application form:


  1. What experience do you have working in the health & disability sector?
  2. Please tell us about a time you successfully advocated on behalf of someone with a disability or health issue.


For any further (confidential) discussion about the role, contact Monica Allen on (07) 921 8041.


Applications close: Thursday 12th December 2019 at 10.00pm

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