Residential Youth Worker

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    2 weeks ago
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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Auckland
  • Date Advertised: 16-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/1485902
  • Job Title: Residential Youth Worker
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Residential Youth Worker

Permanent, full-time, Whakatakapokai, Auckland

About us – Mō mātou

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

About the Residence – E pa ana ki te Kāenga

Our Youth Justice Residences provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi in our care can make changes to get their lives back on track. Whakatakapokai is one of five Youth Justice Residences operating across Aotearoa that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week providing residential placements and programmes for rangatahi aged 13 to 19 years who have been charged with or convicted of an offence. Our vision at Whakatakapokai is to create a unique, culturally focused, therapeutic, safe and restorative care environment that enables rangatahi to strengthen their connection with whānau, hapū, iwi and their culture; and develop the skills to make positive decisions to support them to flourish and transform their lives, reducing the risk of reoffending.

About the role – Mō te tūnga

As a Youth Worker, you will be engaging with and providing professional support to our rangatahi. You will be assisting in the facilitation of care and support to our rangatahi through demonstrating positive behaviours and acknowledging personal influence on the life of our youth.

You will also be working with a collaborative team who is passionate about Oranga Tamariki’s vision, purpose and values. You will be playing a part in building positive cultural and community connection. Whakatakapokai is strongly focused on achieving positive change in rangatahi through education, skill development, vocational programmes, and therapeutic and cultural interventions using a Māori world centric view (Te Ao Māori). Our overall goal is that rangatahi who come into our care are positively integrated back into their community and reduce the risk of reoffending with their mana restored.

The role will involve the following:

  • Regular face to face contact with rangatahi and whānau
  • Maintaining and building stakeholder relationships in the community
  • Mentoring- one on one work with rangatahi, whānau to assist them to achieve their identified goals
  • Supporting rangatahi with their educational aspirations
  • Keeping our rangatahi and whānau connected to their wider whānau, iwi and hapu
  • Flexibility to work in different workplace settings e.g. marae, school or field trips
  • Transporting of rangatahi and whānau to and from activities or appointments
  • Minding – looking after rangatahi

About you – Mōu

To apply for this role, you must demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:

  • Experience caring for or mentoring youth
  • A current, full, clean New Zealand driver’s licence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Resilience with the ability to work under pressure
  • Strong cultural awareness and Understanding of Te Ao Māori me ona Tikanga
  • Ability to quickly establish relationships with stakeholders and maintain those relationships
  • Experience with developing appropriate programmes and initiatives that would best suit our rangatahi, whānau, stakeholders and community
  • The right to work in New Zealand
  • Ability to work Saturday and Sundays with flexible weekday hours

How to apply – Me pēhea te tuku tono

Apply online with your CV. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. If you have any questions about the role, please contact

Applications close Tuesday, 3 November 2020.

If you are interested in an information pack or session, please send an email to with your name and contact details.

Vetting Hotline

Candidates applying for roles at Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children must complete a mandatory Police check as part of the Children’s Act 2014. We want to do all we can to support candidates through our recruitment process. We realise the prospect of police vetting may be daunting to candidates who have previous convictions. If you would like to have a confidential chat about our vetting process, please contact our Recruitment Vetting Hotline on 027 207 0262.

The vetting hotline will be active 11am – 1pm, Monday to Friday. If you are unavailable during these times, please leave your name and contact details for one our advisors to call you back.

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