Psychologist/Special Education Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Psychologist
  • Location: Canterbury
  • Date Advertised: 30-SEP-19
  • Job Reference: EDU/1423820
  • Job Title: Psychologist/Special Education Advisor
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Psychologist/Special Education Advisor

Kia ora,

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 the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. 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. 

About this role

As a Psychologist or Special Education Advisor you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by;

  • Enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings
  • Providing professional support and guidance to educators and families and building the capacity of those who are best placed to support the learning 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
  • Assessing, collaboratively planning, supporting and monitoring the implementation of evidenced informed individual (or group) intervention plans.
  • Working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child’s needs are complex.


About you

To be successful you will need:

  • Ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information
  • Ability to co-ordinate service provision in a multi-agency, trans-disciplinary setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and educators across a diverse range of settings.
  • A willingness to work in a strengths focussed ,ecological way in complex problem situations


  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
  • Psychologist: A Masters level tertiary qualification and a post-graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology or equivalent and hold a current practicing certificate with the NZ Psychologist’s Board.
  • Special Education Advisor: A Bachelor of Teaching (or equivalent) and/or Post-graduate Diploma in Special Education / Educational Psychology 

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.

There is more information in the position descriptions attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.


For further information, please contact Bruce Cull at or 03 3787529

Applications close at midnight on Friday 18 October 2019.