What you will doThe Youth Development Unit Social Worker is responsible for the provision of a full range of social work services and for advising command on course participants as required.This role will see you work with our youth by providing brief intervention therapy. Working with new course participants you will support them through our six week programme including being out with them during field exercises and help them to transition once they complete the course. The screening of applicants followed by the provision of advice to command on necessary support requirements, prior to courses commencing, is a fundamental element to this role. We work with CBT, MI and strengths based therapies; you have six weeks to make a difference! What we need You must be an NZ registered social worker with a strong commitment to multi-cultural social work services in accordance with the Social Work Code of Ethics and Social Work Registration Board (SWRB). In addition to this you will need to have proven experience of working with a diverse range of youth from varied cultural backgrounds and have a detailed understanding of the code of health and disability services. As an experienced social worker you will understand the need to develop collaborative working relationships across the organisation. Being able to interact confidently and professionally is essential in this role as you offer expert guidance to a diverse range of people and to Command. Being quite an autonomous role, you are happy to work independently while contributing to the wider YDU unit and team. Your proven counsel and group facilitation skills along with knowledge of drug/substance abuse and associated health issues, psychological illness and intervention will be key skills for this role. Please note: There is an ‘on call’ component to this role to meet the support requirements for the youth. Who we areThe Youth Development Unit (YDU), which is an initiative created as part of the Government ‘Fresh Start’ youth policy, provides youth training programmes to young New Zealander’s under an arrangement with several other Government agencies including the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Police.The Youth Development Unit provides young people (13 – 25 years) with a range of comprehensive programmes designed to enable course participants to progress into job placement, trade training, further education and re-engagement in local communities.Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.Why UsNZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with:;Full time ongoing work;Fully funded life cover up to $300,000;Free onsite parking and great nearby amenities;Variety, challenge and a chance to influence.