7 Dec 2021

Fixed-term Rainbow Mental Health Clinician

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The University Health & Counselling Service (UHCS) delivers a range of primary care services to help students prevent and overcome personal difficulties relating to their physical and mental wellbeing, and in so doing help them to achieve their full potential at the University.

We are looking for a Mental Health Clinician to join our team. The role of the Rainbow Mental Health Clinician will provide support to the UoA’s Rainbow Community. The ideal person for this role will have a solid understanding of the range of needs of queer, gender diverse, takatāpui and intersex people accessing our services. As well as confidence and proficiency dealing with queer and gender diverse young people and strong knowledge of queer and gender diverse communities. Rainbow communities include people who identify with words like takatāpui, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, queer, non-binary or MVPFAFF as well as people who don’t use specific words for their identity, people whose identity changes over time and people who are still in the process of understanding their own identity.

The role will also provide education sessions in collaboration with the Campus Life Student Wellbeing Team (Be Well) and assess and monitor usage of services and provide quality improvement information to UHCS quality champions.

The role will support students with:

  • LGBTIQ+/Rainbow affirming counselling
  • Coming out
  • Students questioning their gender identity and/or sexual orientation
  • Students who identify within the LGBTIQ+/Rainbow communities
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity issues
  • Support and information around trans pathways, accessing gender affirming healthcare and social transitioning

This is a 0.6 FTE, fixed term posiiton until June 2023.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant field
  • Fully registered under the Health Practitioner Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act 2003, e.g., nurse, psychologist, psychotherapist, occupational therapist, Social worker etc
  • A current annual practicing certificate

Skills and experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with clients that are affected by a range of social, physical, and psychological issues, preferably with students or young people
  • Relevant skills and experience working in mental health settings with people experiencing mild to moderate levels of distress
  • Knowledge or awareness of the issues affecting rainbow students and young people
  • Experience in a range of therapeutic approaches and crisis intervention, with a clearly articulated model of therapeutic practice, particularly short-term interventions that are strength-based and change-focused
  • Cultural competence in working with the diversity of the student population
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Ability to problem solve under pressure
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to deal with sensitive matters
  • Knowledge of community pathways and agencies that relate to Rainbow communities

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Monday, 20th December 2021 and include an up-to-date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please email Melika Carlson – melika.carlson@auckland.ac.nzPlease note we are happy to answer your questions, but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information

Covid-19 Vaccination

The University of Auckland is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff and students.  All students, staff and visitors need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or medically exempt, in order to come onto our campuses or to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities. Therefore, we are only able to consider applicants who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a New Zealand Ministry of Health issued medical exemption and evidence of this will be requested as part of your employment. You can read more about the University’s vaccination policy here.

Overseas Applicants

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for seven days on arrival. 

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Monday, 20th December 2021

Job Categories: Mental Health Services. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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