Psychologist - Wellington

Ara Poutama Aotearoa

  • Permanent
  • Wellington

Vacancy Number: APA/1548049
Closing Date: 1st August 2021
Location: Wellington (Te Whanganui a Tara) 

Recruitment Contact: -

About the Job

'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 committed to providing high quality psychological approaches to the people in our management.  Humanising and healing is one of the key principles of Hōkai Rangi, our over-arching strategic direction. 

About the role | Mō te tūnga

Working as Psychologist in the Wellington office team, you will be exposed to a variety of mahi, both in a group and individual therapeutic environment, across Community Probation and Prison Services. 

Our Psychologists undertake clinical assessments and treatment in prison and in the community, provide supervision, advice and training within Corrections and allied agencies, monitor the integrity of rehabilitation programmes and participate in service and research initiatives. Treatment provision includes group programmes for both sexual and violent offences.  Our more experienced Psychologists complete assessments for the New Zealand Parole Board and the Court and could be asked to act as an Expert Witness.

About you | Mōu

This professional role calls for someone who:

  • Is reliable with strong communication skills
  • Has a minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology and registration with the NZ Psychologist Board in the clinical/counselling or general scope of practice
  • Is an excellent problem solver who can work across cultures

In return we can offer you:

  • A connection within a vibrant supportive culture
  • A competitive salary and structured advancement opportunities
  • A broad variety of offender focussed work across the assessment, treatment and supervision spectrum.
  • Commitment to professional development and clinical supervision
  • World class criminal justice psychology training and mentoring

We are open to receiving interest from any part of the world as long as your qualifications are registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board.

Please note that applicants must hold registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and will be required to complete a full disclosure criminal history check and pre-employment drug tests. 

The position is salaried from $76,860-$117,300 depending on the experience and competency level of the successful applicants.

To find out more about working as a Psychologist at Corrections, click on the link to hear from our people:

Or to find out more about this exciting opportunity, you can contact Jimmie Fourie, Principal Psychologist via email;

Mō mātou | About us

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 (

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

It is an exciting time to join us 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.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

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