13 Jan 2021

Full-Time Psychologist/Special Education Adviser

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationWhangarei, Northland, New Zealand

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Job Description

Educational Psychologist or Special Education Adviser

  • 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
  • Two 1.0 FTE Permanent Positions based in the Kaitāia and Whangārei offices

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/Special Education Adviser 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
  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of professional partners, community and sector groups and support agencies to ensure that services are coordinated and effective
  • Working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child’s needs are complex

About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • 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 Tirirti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga

Educational Psychologist:

  • 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

Special Education Adviser:

  • A Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood) or Post-graduate Diploma in Special Education/Educational Psychology.

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 have two full-time permanent opportunities based in our Kaitāia and Whangārei Offices.

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.

There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.

Please ensure that you identify in your application which location/role you are applying for.

For further information, please contact Tony Hassan (Kaitāia) on 0272006131 or


or Kirsten Parker van Eck (Whangārei) on 0276047901 or Kirsten.ParkervanEck@education.govt.nz

Please review the position description by copying and pasting these links into your browser

Psychologist: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/672213_JobDesc.pdf

Special Education Advisor:

How to Apply

Applications close midnight on Sunday, 31 January 2021.

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 60,000 - 80,000. Job expires in 11 days.

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