Māori Cultural Support Youth Workers

MANA Recruitment

  • Auckland

Two hugely rewarding positions, supporting and enabling rangatahi to strengthen their whakapapa connections and cultural identity.

  • Able to unlock and uplift an individual’s Mana?
  • Te Reo Māori fluency and in depth understanding of Māori traditions and protocols.
  • Experience working with at risk youth, complex behaviour or mental health needs?

Two positions have come to market, joining an organisation with over two decades of evidence-based youth programmes with foundations and values set within Manaakitanga, Wairuatanga, Aroha and Whanaungatanga.  The intent of these positions is to support and guide young people to build connections with their whānau, hapū, iwi and marae, and to strengthen their sense of identity and belonging.  Key to the role is the ability to support youth to learn about their own culture, connect with culturally relevant places and access resources to learn their language.  As such, you will have your own deep understanding of Te Ao Māori, traditions and protocols. Your understanding will be to a level where you can provide cultural training and advice to care service staff and caregivers through face-to-face training, as well as to the individuals you work one to one with on a daily basis.

There is a base line requirement for highly established communication and relationship building competencies, which will enable you to work one on one, face to face with your chargers; building rapport, confidence trust and respect. Conducting cultural assessments with those rangatahi in care placements, you will go on to enable opportunities for them.  Opportunities may range from to learning about their culture and language, to spending time on marae and at important whānau and cultural events, and overarching this, to connect with people and places relevant to their culture.

The position is complex and multi-faceted, and time intensive.  As their support, you will be in this for the long term, be able meet roadblocks with solutions, and be able to earn respect and trust from those who ‘brick wall’ and distrust adults. Working with the individual, as an individual, you will collaborate with their immediate support team to encourage a supportive environment and create opportunities where they can participate in kaupapa Māori type activities within the community.

You will already have experience in a position where you have enjoyed establishing networks amongst whānau, hapū, and iwi, and have utilised Te Reo Māori in an everyday setting.

Cultural experience and prior skills required for these positions are to include;

  • Te Reo Māori fluency and in depth understanding of Māori traditions and protocols.
  • Skilled in conflict resolution, relationship and behavioural issues.
  • Experience working with whānau, hapū, and iwi networks.
  • Leadership and mentoring skills with the ability to build and foster relationships at all levels.
  • Able to demonstrate resilience, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques.
  • Confidence to be able to present in group setting.
  • Skilled in supporting re-connections to culture, whakapapa and identity.
  • Able to demonstrate resilience building with young people.
  • Good computer skills, particularly with MS Office Software- report writing is part of this role.
  • Drivers licence and the flexibility to work non-standard hours if required.

A level 4 qualification, or above in Youth Work, Te Reo me ona tikanga Māori or similar field would be highly advantageous.

Skilled in utilising behavioural interventions, and having worked with mana enhancing concepts, you will be able to apply a consistent, strengths-based approach to enable the individual to establish or re-establish their cultural identity. Supporting re-engagement into their community and reinforcing the ability of the individual to exert power in their own lives, you will draw on your own life’s journey, modelling how you have overcome and thrived through adversity and hardship.

This is a values-based organisation that’s making a real difference in the lives of young people and their families.  It will attract those with the relevant experience, and high cultural competency who will be offered competitive remuneration to match the skills and experience needed for the role. This is an uplifting whānau environment, and part of a national network where career progression opportunities are supported and encouraged.

To apply, or to enquire further in confidence contact:

Heather Walker for a confidential conversation now on (09) 632 1108 or email your up-dated CV an tailored cover letter through to heather@manarecruitment.co.nz

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