Social Work Supervisor

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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington – Wairarapa
  • Date Advertised: 14-JAN-19
  • Job Reference: NZ/27210
  • Job Title: Social Work Supervisor
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Social Work Supervisor, Permanent, Full Time, Wellington City


Date: 14-Jan-2019

Location: Wellington, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development


Care and Protection Social Work Supervisor (Adoption)



Haere mai ki te tautoko te mahi whakahirahira tiaki mokopuna

(We welcome your support with this important work in protecting our children)


  • Experienced supervisor.
  • Qualified Social Worker.
  • Assess, train and support adoption applicants and caregivers.


We have an opportunity for a qualified Social Work Supervisor to join our Adoption Services team, based in Central Wellington. 


Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children is committed to putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do and say. The child’s best interests are the paramount consideration as birthparents consider their options for the care of their child. It is the core component in sessions during which adoptive applicants prepare to parent a child not born to them, and when placements are made between families who are compatible and cooperative in meeting the child’s needs for attachment and identity throughout life.


Adoption is a means of providing children with security, whilst meeting their developmental needs by legally transferring on-going parental responsibilities from their birthparents to their adoptive parents, recognising that in doing so; we have created a new kinship network that forever links those two families together through the child. Adoptions work could involve both local and international adoptions.


As a social work supervisor, you will have primary responsibility for the adoptions team ensuring excellence in service delivery. You will also facilitate training, and provide advice and support across the adoptions spectrum. You will work with the Site Manager and Practice Leader to regularly assess and monitor site practice, and contribute to the improvement, risk management as both a people leader and future builder.


Preference is given to those who have:


  • Proven supervisory experience (it would be an advantage to have previously worked within the adoptions space)
  • the ability to quickly build rapport with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau
  • a high level of sensitivity and empathy
  • great written and verbal communication skills – you will need to write court reports
  • resilience, motivation and be driven
  • a full clean valid driver’s licence without conditions
  • an understanding of the Adoption Act 1955, Inter-country Adoption Act 1997 and Adult Adoption Information Act 1985.


In return we can offer you:


  • A salary between $62,567–$86,486, commensurate to skills and experience
  • a challenging, fascinating and rewarding career
  • on-going training and regular supervision
  • commitment to the highest standards of strengths-based social work.


If you enjoy a challenge and are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of New Zealand’s most at risk tamariki and rangatahi, this is the opportunity for you.




To view the position description, click here:




How to apply:




Your cover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlight how your experience relates to the competencies listed in the position description.


Please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter. 


Internal Oranga Tamariki employees - please apply through your MyHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your MyHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.


Please note all applications must be made online.


If you have any questions about the role please email Bethyn Dougan at


Applications close: 11:59pm, Sunday 27 January 2019