7 Jul 2022

Part-Time Occupational Therapist

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationTauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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Job Description


Permanent, part-time (0.6 FTE)

Use your specialist skills and experience to help maximise learning and promote social inclusion for children and young people with learning support needs.

Help shape the future of education

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.

We help shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by doing the following:

  • Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Giving priority to regional and local voices
  • Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support
  • Improving feedback loops and information flows

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa 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

Te Mahau – Te Tai Whenua (Central) is a frontline group. Our frontline groups will collectively provide leadership and integrated services to the sector and others. This includes services such as learning support and education advice, and regulation functions for schools and early learning services.

Learning Support is a critical part of the Te Mahau – Te Tai Whenua (Central) 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.

To learn more about Learning Support, the roles we offer, frequently asked questions, and more, click here.

Mō tēnei tūranga – About this role

As an Occupational Therapist, you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team working as part of a trans-disciplinary team to provide services to students with additional learning needs.

The successful applicant will be experienced in establishing effective working relationships with parents, caregivers, families, whānau, teachers and other specialists working to provide a range of assessment, intervention and training services for children and young people with additional and complex needs.

Mōhou ake – About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • A degree in Occupational Therapy or equivalent
  • Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand registration
  • A current annual Practising Certificate
  • Knowledge of the New Zealand school curriculum and early childhood curriculum, Te Whāriki
  • Knowledge and experience in curriculum adaptation and differentiation
  • Expertise in using a range of assessment and intervention strategies to enhance student skills
  • Expertise in the assessment of equipment, to meet student’s needs in the school or early learning context
  • The ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information
  • The ability to plan and manage time effectively to meet goals and outcomes, and 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
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga
  • A current, full New Zealand driver’s licence

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? – Are you ready to make a difference?

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector. We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.

If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply’ button.

In your cover letter we’d like to know:

  • about you, your values, your whakapapa
  • your interest and motivations for this role
  • the abilities, strengths, personal attributes and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.

All applications must be submitted online. For further information, please contact Pennie Muldoon at 07 349 7464 and/or email Pennie.Muldoon@education.govt.nz

Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/733842_JobDesc.pdf

Applications close on Sunday, 17 July 2022.

Job Categories: Healthcare / Medical. Job Types: Part-Time.

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