Job type: Full Time

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About the business and the role

This role is a subsidiary to the core business of Women’s Refuge and provides social and transitional housing to women and children in need.

The successful applicant will hold a refuge analysis to domestic violence and social work in general and will hold a social work qualification.

Ideally the successful applicant will have had experience working in a residential facility with high risk, complex needs cases and among diverse communities.

A continuing commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi, Parallel Development and cultural models of practice, as well as professional development within these contexts, should be actively demonstrated and is essential to the role.

The ability to speak Te Reo Maori is of benefit, but not essential.

Job tasks and responsibilities

We are looking for a warm, empathetic practitioner who can reserve judgement in their practice and focus on what is in the best interest of whanau. The successful applicant will have a solid theoretical framework, as well as learned skills and have excellent written and oratory skills.

Safe practice is paramount to the role and it is expected that the successful applicant will both work and proactively advocate safe and ethical practice.

The position will provide social work services in a new social housing portfolio inline with policies and protocols of Eastern Refuge and all social work/advocacy undertaken within the role will be of the highest standard. The successful applicant will have the ability to work autonomously as well as being part of a high functioning team of professionals

Required by the organisation are exceptional interview skills, conflict resolution and deescalation skills. Report writing, planning, case noting and follow up are essential to the role and require a high level of competence from an experience practitioner

Skills and experience

Working with women and children comes with the knowledge that the process for change takes time. Models of practice will be employed that enhance the self determination of women and children and this will be actively demonstrated.

Advocates are expected to have a strong voice on behalf of their client groups and have skills to navigate and often challenge, difficult situations in a respectful and professional manner.

You will have a full drivers licence and the ability to work in New Zealand

You will also hold a current First Aid Certificate and/or be able to perform CPR

Time management is an important component of the role and the successful applicant should be proactive, focused and driven to achieve successful outcomes with whanau.

The successful applicant will have a good grasp of information technology and have the skills necessary to use Recordbase database for all case management, as well as excel, word and any other programme necessary for your work, not excluding the internet.

Participation in case consult hui, management, regional and national hui and any required professional development are essential to the role.

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