Youth Worker at Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, Otago
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
- Permanent, Full Time Roles Available
- We need role models with a passion for supporting and empowering rangatahi
- Attractive remuneration and benefits package
Are you looking for a rewarding career working with youth? We are looking for empathetic, resilient and honest people interested in applying their skills and experience to supporting the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi.
Mō mātou | About us
Will Street Whare, in Dunedin, provides a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi (young people) who have been remanded into Oranga Tamariki care can make changes and get their lives back on track. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate and prevent offending.
We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. We provide 24/7 support and care for up to rangatahi aged 13 to 18 years old who are involved in the Youth Justice system.
Mō te tūnga | About the role
Residential Youth Workers provide rangatahi with the confidence and skills to become positive contributors to their whānau and communities. They understand that the causes of offending are complex, and that successfully dealing with young offenders demands action beyond simple punitive measures.
Guiding behavioural change is a massive task and means our kaimahi have many responsibilities, including:
- Ensuring that a safe and secure environment is maintained for the benefit of the rangatahi, staff and the community
- Supporting young offenders in their personal growth and rehabilitation with a focus on health, education, training and employment
- Working with rangatahi to help them build and strengthen relationships with their whānau and communities and encouraging them to act on referrals to services
Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu | What you will bring
We value our kaimahi and the wide range of skills and experiences they have. We want to hear from you if you have:
- The ability to build positive relationships with a wide range of people whether it be through your experience in customer service, coaching, engaging in your community or experience working with rangatahi in positive and proactive ways
- Studied psychology, social sciences, social work, sports, arts or teaching and you want to bring those learnings to life in meaningful way by applying your skills to rangatahi in need of your help every day. Life learnings are equally important and we value the life experience of our staff bring to this practical and challenging role.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work with others and contribute to a supportive and inclusive team.
- Knowledge of Tikanga and Te Reo which is an advantage - Oranga Tamariki is committed to developing our kaimahi to develop this important capability.
- Willingness and ability to work across a roster that covers mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays
- An appropriate level of physical fitness that will allow you to safely support and interact with rangatahi
In this role you need to have the right to work in New Zealand, either as a NZ citizen or permanent resident, or by holding a work visa. You also need to have a full, clean New Zealand driver's license as you will be required to drive as part of your job. You will also need to be able to meet the safety checking and police vetting requirements required under the Children's Act.
Nōu te rourou | What's in it for you
If you join our team and work as part of our team working shifts in our residence you will receive a package of remuneration and benefits that includes:
- As a shift worker, annual remuneration that starts between approximately $58,000 and $67,000 (depending on your experience) which includes allowances for working shifts. Oranga Tamariki has a remuneration framework gives pay increases based on tenure (time in the job).
- 4 weeks and three days of annual leave each year and you will also receive up to 5 days additional leave each year to recognise and reward you for working shifts.
- Meals that are prepared by our commercial kitchens and provided on-site - our kaimahi are encouraged to sit with rangatahi and share a meal and meaningful conversations
- Transport assistance when you need to work shifts outside of times when public transport is available (up to $8.19 per shift depending on the distance travelled)
- Regular training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow your skills and capabilities
- Access to counselling and support when you need it through our employee assistance programme which reflects our genuine commitment to supporting the wellbeing of our kaimahi
To see all the benefits of working for Oranga Tamariki, please visit:
Applications close: 9th October 2022
Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to Apply
Apply online with your CV and Covering Letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please ensure you apply with a log in using your Oranga Tamariki email address. If you have any questions about role, please contact Info_recruit@ot.govt.nz
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children|
|Position type:||Ongoing - Full Time|
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|File links:||residential_youth_worker-position_description 2022.pdf|
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