Speech Language Therapist – InvercargillFull-time fixed term position covering parental leave Position available mid-October 2021 We have a big and important job to do and we need your helpMake a real difference in children and young people’s livesWork as part of a trans-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome. Help shape the future of EducationAt 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 teamLearning 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 roleAs a Speech Language Therapist you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by; Working to understand the impact of children and young people’s speech and language difficulties in the context of their home, school and communityWorking closely with parents, caregivers, teachers and other specialists to help them support their children with the development of speech, language and communication skillsWorking as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child’s needs are complex. About youTo be successful you will need; A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Speech-Language Therapy or an equivalent that meets the requirements of the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists AssociationSpecialist knowledge of theory, research and practice related to speech-language, child and human development and learning and behaviourAbility to translate specialist knowledge into practical informationAbility to co-ordinate service provision in a multi-agency, trans-disciplinary settingExcellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and teachers across a diverse range of settingsThe ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatangaKnowledge and relationships with Māori communities, hapū and Māori medium educators, and strength in tikanga Māori and/or te reo Māori, would be advantageous. 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”.