Senior Practice Adviser - 2 vacancies

Ara Poutama, Department of Corrections

  • Permanent
  • Multiple Location Options

About the Job

Senior Practice Adviser, Bail Support Services

  • A new and exciting opportunity to make a positive difference by providing operational advice to teams across New Zealand
  • Two permanent full-time roles based in Auckland or Wellington with flexible working opportunities
  • Some travel throughout Aotearoa will be required

Mō mātou | About us

'Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi' – ‘There is only one purpose to our work: the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi.

Hōkai Rangi builds on the good things that are already happening and finds innovative ways to achieve better outcomes with Māori. The change is focused on uplifting the wellbeing of people in our care and their whānau.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

This Senior Practice Adviser role is a new and exciting opportunity to provide operational practice guidance and support to a new national service within Aotearoa's justice sector. Once fully implemented, Bail Support Services will deliver bail services in all regions and District Courts across the country and will have a workforce of around 150 staff. Local level service design will determine how the service operates in each district, but the overarching standards of practice will be the responsibility of the Senior Practice Adviser to instil and uphold across all sites.

The Bail Support Service seeks to help those who are remanded, or at risk of being remanded in custody, to apply for and maintain bail while making positive changes early in the justice system process. Support is provided to defendants and their whānau to address un-met social needs, across prison, court, and community settings. At sentencing, Bail Support Services provide information to the Court around the defendant's progress on bail to assist the Judge in making sentencing decisions.

The Senior Practice Adviser will report directly to the Manager, National Bail Support Service. They will also work closely with the wider management and operational teams. The Senior Practice Adviser will be responsible for providing operational guidance, facilitating reflective practice and practice development sessions, and creating an environment amongst the teams to work safely and effectively within the practice framework whilst adhering to our values.

To be successful in this position you will be a strong leader who thrives on creating environments for people to operate at their very best. You will have a good working knowledge of justice sector processes and will be comfortable managing operational requirements across several teams throughout the country in a complex environment.

Well-developed relationship management skills are essential as the role requires significant stakeholder engagement, both one to one and in groups. Also pivotal for this role will be your ability to take Ara Poutama Aotearoa processes, values and practice standards and turn them into operational reality.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, submit your tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for wanting to join Ara Poutama and highlighting your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role.

The salary range for this role is $75,829 - $107,052.  Appointments are based on demonstrable skills and experience relevant to the role.

Applications close on the 25th of June 2021.

It is an exciting time and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

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