14 Feb 2020

Full-Time Psychologist

Ministry of Education – Posted by HainesAttractAnywhere

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Job Description

  • The position will be based in Auckland and travel will be required between all four offices – Albany, Botany, Henderson and Maungawhau
  • The position will be a full-time, permanent role
  • We have a big and important job to do and we need your help
  • 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

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
  • Complete transition plans and ‘risk assessments’ for students transitioning out of the Intensive Wraparound Service and the Residential Special Schools on the student’s needs assessment
  • This position will be to transition excluded children into full-time education and to work closely with Westbridge residential school staff to design a single intensive plan for students to return to their local school
  • This position will collate all data and information on excluded students in the Auckland area, review, and update and maintain all internal processes. To use this data to transition students back into schools
  • Provide objective consultative analysis, advice and information on project requirements
  • Develop, or assist to develop, plan and implement in-service training modules for teachers, teach aides, school management teams, parents/caregivers and community groups
  • Apply the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Disability Strategy, and other relevant government initiatives and strategies, in all aspects of service provision, and, where appropriate, participate effectively in their implementation

About you

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
  • the ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information
  • the 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 tangatawhenuatanga
  • a current full New Zealand driver’s licence.

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”

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 apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.

For further information, please contact Nicole at auckland.recruitment@education.govt.nz

Applications close on Monday, 9 March 2020.

How to Apply

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/649681_JobDesc.pdf If this sounds like you, please visit our website to apply for the role.

Job Categories: Healthcare / Medical. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 80,000 - 100,000.

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