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National Practice Design Advisor - Oranga Tamariki

Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children
Job Category:
Social, welfare & community
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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National Practice Design Advisor - Oranga Tamariki

• Influential senior role
• Be part of building and delivering on a centre of excellence
• Champion practice design for our tamariki and rangatahi
About us:
Putting children first guides everything we do here at Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children. Along with that, we value fairness and sincerity. We treat whānau with respect and we think long-term. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders.
About the role:
Reporting to the Manager Practice Design, you will be instrumental in supporting specific work programmes and content in relation to the design of frameworks, the practices followed by our Social Workers, and the tools we use to improve outcomes for our tamariki, whānau and communities.
Promoting a collaborative approach you will provide credible advice and guidance on a range of projects and initiatives and provide input to help translate these into practice.
Using your strong background in practice design, you will support building the capability of the Design team. Being up to date with the best practice developments in New Zealand and around the world, you will be committed to ensuring our practice works for tamariki Māori and whānau. You will help identify continuous improvement in our approach and processes to ensure we establish best practice and a robust evaluation of our methodologies and deliverables.

Key requirements of the role include:
• Knowledge of and commitment to the principles of mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga and to delivering to our Māori cultural framework
• Being a conceptual thinker who can translate, guide and develop practice frameworks and standards
• Sound prior experience in design of social sector practice approaches
• Confidence to mentor, coach and build capability in practice design
• Working confidently and capably using a practice framework that is child-centric and culturally sensitive
• The ability to use clear and professional written and verbal communication
• Using creative approaches get complex ideas across in a clear manner to any audience
• Having a pragmatic and solutions focused approach to providing sound credible advice
• A strong understanding of social services challenges, risk and impacts
• Critical thinking with the ability to draw on various sources to help our and senior leadership make informed decisions
• A proactive and collaborative approach to building strong relationships
• Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines

To be successful in the role, you must bring extensive experience of working with Māori and in social work practice in related case management design and delivery, along with exposure in working within complex environments undergoing transformation. You will be able to influence at a senior level while being sensitive to the nuances of cross cultural issues and how this will impact the delivery of our initiatives.

What will you get out of it?
We offer a collaborative and innovative culture where our people thrive to adhere to best practice while constantly challenging the status quo making each work day interesting. We value work life balance, so flexible work options are available.
There will also be the opportunity to find creative solutions to challenges in a role where accountability, integrity, courage, respect for one self and others and striving for excellence are highly valued.

How to apply:
Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.
All external applicants including MSD employees - please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online.
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