- Maungawhau Office – 1.0 (will consider part time) FTE fixed-term position
- Make a real difference in children and young people’s lives
- Work 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 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.
About this role
We have an immediate need for this role to be filled. Sadly, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, New Zealand has closed the international border and only New Zealand residents and citizens are able to enter the country at this time. There is no timeframe on when the border will re-open. A key requirement for this position is for the successful applicant to start within the needed timeframe. Therefore, we are sadly unable to consider applications from non-residents or citizens.
As a Physiotherapist you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by:
- Observing, assessing and working closely with children and young people with physical needs
- Building the capability of those who are best placed to support learning such as parents, teachers and families
- Identify, set up and provide advice about the environmental changes, support, equipment and technology a child or young person may need
- Enhance inclusive practices in schools and other educational settings
- Working effectively as part of a trans-disciplinary team
To be successful you will need the following:
- A Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy, or its accepted equivalent as required by the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board
- To be registered with the Physiotherapy Board and to hold a current practicing certificate
- Ability to apply specialist knowledge of physiotherapy theory and practice in the development of appropriate interventions in inclusive educational settings
- Ability to share knowledge and skills to empower both the individual learner and those supporting them
- 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
- The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga
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”
- “The family focused work environment which has allowed me to work more flexibly while meeting the needs of the Ministry and children”
- “I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking”
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.
Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/680777_JobDesc.pdf
How to ApplyPlease apply via our website: https://jobs.education.govt.nz/jobtools/jncustomsearch.viewFullSingle?in_organid=17584&in_jnCounter=224565487&in_jobDate=All&in_searchbox=YES&in_summary=S&in_site=CareersSite
If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.
For further information, please contact Janice Bates by email to
Applications close Thursday, 22 April 2021.
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