Youth Development Worker with a Specialism in AOD
Auckland, NZ
3d ago

Position Description

This full-time role in Lifewise’s Youth Housing team is an integral part of our Youth Housing Service working directly with rangatahi who are either homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

Working across our service, you provide support to rangatahi within the Lifewise Youth Housing Service. The role is community based and focuses on supporting the needs of vulnerable and at risk young people towards independent living.

The Youth Housing Service provides accommodation and support for rangatahi aged 16 24 years at a time (and sometimes their partners and / or children).

This service works with young people to assist them in developing the skills needed to live independently. You will use your expertise in Youth Development to provide flexible, youth focused, wrap around’ and AOD support designed to build life skills through tailored one to one support plans.

The Youth Development Worker provides strengths based support services and activities by working collaboratively with young people identifying their needs and finding practical solutions that will assist them towards independent living and resettlement to longer term accommodation or back to family / whanau and community.


You report to the Youth Housing Team Leader


  • Developing positive and effective working relationships with the programme participants who have AOD challenges
  • Providing support and guidance to the programme participants
  • Actively promote and facilitate a sense of community
  • Planning and running community and AOD recovery activities for programme participants as required
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other stakeholder organisations to benefit programme participants
  • Date approved : January 2018

    Approved by : CEO Lifewise Trust


  • Strong cultural awareness and experience working in Maori and Pacific communities
  • Experience working in the community sector, preferably supporting high needs individuals
  • Experience working with young people and understanding of youth development
  • Able to connect across netowrks, (knowledge of the Central and South Auckland Community and / or West Auckland Communities is desirable)
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in working with young people who present challenging behaviours
  • Experience in working with young people who have experienced trauma, addiction and mental health challenges
  • A qualification in Youth Development or Social Work, Social Services or Community Development is desirable, however any relevant experience will be taken into consideration
  • A qualification related to substance abuse interventions
  • Hold a current full New Zealand driver's license
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