New Zealand Government
Bay of Plenty Region
Bay of Plenty
Ministry of Education, Learning Support,
Bay of Plenty - Waiariki
Based in Whakatane
Are you passionate about inclusive education and achieving great outcomes for students with additional learning and behavioural needs? We are looking for an enthusiastic Registered Psychologist to join our innovative, dynamic and energetic team. This position is based in Whakatane, and may have some responsibilities across the wider area within our region.
Applications are invited for a Registered Psychologist to join our team which provides services to families, school and facility staff for school age children and young people with additional learning needs, a wide range of intellectual and/or physical disabilities,
sensory and communication needs and associated behaviour to maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.
The successful applicant will be experienced in establishing effective working relationships with parents, families/whānau, educators, and other significant adults working with the young person in order to provide a range of assessment, intervention including use of assistive technology to support students with additional and complex needs.
About this role
As a Psychologist you will play a critical role in our region's Learning Support team by:
- Identifying patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour
- Enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings
- Providing professional support and guidance to schools, teachers and families and building the capacity of those who are best placed to support the learning of children and young people
- Providing appropriate in-depth specialist assessment and analysis for evidenced informed interventions
- Working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child's needs are complex.
To be successful you will need:
- A Masters level tertiary qualification and a post-graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology or equivalent
- To be registered under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act and to hold a current practicing certificate
- 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 teachers across a diverse range of settings.
- Knowledge of the New Zealand school curriculum and early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki
- A working knowledge of our current Learning Support Delivery Model, and practice will reflect the six element approach.
- The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
- Applicants must hold a current NZ driver's license
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”.
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.
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.
Although this position in based in Whakatane, at times you may be required to work across the wider Bay of Plenty-Waiariki region.
If this opportunity interests you apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button. You can view a job description above or for further information please contact Melissa Pineda at [email protected]
Applications close on 26 February 2020.