Full-Time Psychologist – Whanganui
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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, well-being 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
- the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
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’.
Whanganui has an abundance of excellent cafes with boutique stores to explore. There is a vibrant arts community and stunning heritage architecture which gives Whanganui a unique look and feel to the CBD.
The Whanganui river, once one of the country’s leading commercial waterways, is a focus for river-based activities including Waka Ama, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, yachting, motor boats and the Sea Fishing Club.
For skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, Whanganui boasts picture perfect, snow-capped mountains which are less than two hours’ drive from the city centre.
If you want a temperate climate with affordable housing, a good hospital and first-class schools and civic amenities then Whanganui is the place for you.
Are you ready to make a difference?
Current Educational Psychology Interns who are nearing the completion of their internship, are welcome to apply for this position.
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.
If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.
For further information, please contact Jillian Watt at Jillian.Watt@education.govt.nz or 06 3496356
How to ApplyIf this sounds like you, please visit our website to apply for the role.
Please review the position description here.
Applications Close: 10th October 2019
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