Psychologist/Special Education Adviser
Ministry of Education
Nelson, NZ
5d ago
source : Maori Pacific Jobs

Job Description

Two permanent positions based in Motueka or Nelson

  • We have a big and important job to do and we need your help
  • Make a real difference in children and young people’s lives
  • Work as part of a trans-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals
  • Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

    Help shape the future of education

    At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

    Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

    While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

    About our group and team

    Learning Support is a critical part of Te Mahau Te Tai Runga (Te Mahau, South). We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

    Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

    To learn more about Learning Support, the roles we offer, frequently asked questions, and more, click .

    About this role

    As a Special Education Advisor / Psychologist you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by doing the following :

  • Working dynamically as part of our regional learning support team to co-create, implement and monitor new initiatives, pilots and projects
  • Supporting parents and whānau, teachers and schools to meet the learning support needs of children and young people
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of professional partners, community and sector groups and support agencies to ensure that services are coordinated and effective
  • Enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings
  • Assessing, collaboratively planning, supporting and monitoring the implementation of individual (or group) intervention plans
  • Work as part of the regional learning support team to identify areas of specialist interest and service delivery
  • About you

    To be successful you will need the following :

  • Special Education Adviser a Bachelor of Teaching or Post-graduate Diploma in Special Education / Educational Psychology
  • A commitment to the delivery of evidence-based practice
  • An interest in working with clients of all ages including early years
  • Psychologist A Masters level tertiary qualification and a post-graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology or equivalent and to be registered under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act and to hold a current practising certificate
  • Experience working with children and young people with learning needs in a classroom, early childhood centre or other relevant setting
  • Experience of supporting other education professionals to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and teachers across a diverse range of settings
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga
  • What can we offer you?

    We offer a competitive salary and terms and conditions.

    In addition, our specialists tell us they value the following :

  • The ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and their whānau and contribute to system wide change is a huge plus
  • The Ministry offers a strong community of practice and the support of a large organisation so I never feel isolated or alone
  • I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking
  • Are you ready to make a difference?

    We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

    As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

    The Ministry invites applications from fully vaccinated people or people with a valid medical exemption (under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021).

    We will require evidence of your vaccination status , or your medical exemption, at the pre-employment stage of our recruitment process.

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