Youth Worker
Oranga Tamariki
Auckland, NZ
1d ago
source : Maori Pacific Jobs

Job Description

Do you want to help young people find a direction in life outside the justice system?

We are looking for a positive role model to provide support, aroha and maintain a safe environment for our young people to achieve better outcomes.

Mō mātou About us

Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do.

In our work, we aim to demonstrate these values :

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey
  • Our purpose is to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised. 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.

    Mō te tūnga - About the role

    As a Youth Worker, you will work directly with our young people to develop and deliver activities and programmes that give them opportunities to create and work towards positive goals.

    You’ll be a champion for them, helping them recognise and realise their own potential, and give them hope to turn their lives around.

    If you genuinely care about providing young people with direction and hope, and giving them something to aspire to, you’ll get immense satisfaction from this role.

    Putting young people first, recognising their potential, and helping them break the cycle benefits not just them, but all Kiwis.

    Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu What you will bring

    You will need to be a realistic and resilient person to succeed in this role. These are young people who have experienced significant and serious challenges, and have often been in the Youth Justice system for some time.

    Our Residential Youth Workers and facility staff are potentially the first who genuinely care about them, and you will need to treat them with empathy, tolerance, consistency and understanding to build a positive relationship.

    Our ideal candidate, will have the following :

  • Great engagement skills to overcome barriers
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Cultural awareness particularly around Māori and Pacifica communities
  • Ability to establish relationships with people from all walks of life
  • Good computer skills, particularly with MS Office Software, report writing is part of this role
  • A current, and full driver’s license and ability to work some weekend hours
  • Experience in social services or working with at-risk youth is ideal, however applicants with transferrable life skills are encouraged to apply
  • Ability to be flexible with working hours
  • If you will have established relationships and networks across the area and a good knowledge of the key players to help you make a difference in the lives of youth then apply today!

    Nōu te rourou What’s in it for you

    Oranga Tamariki offer an impartial remuneration package, that offers progression annually for experience through tenure.

    We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow.

    We welcome diversity and are committed to working in an inclusive and respectful way. This is your opportunity to apply your skills and experience to the wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi.

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