Lead Adviser - Wellbeing

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent
  • Waikato
  • Permanent
  • Regional
  • Flexible working arrangements negotiable

Education plays a critical role in promoting and supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.

The Ministry promotes a holistic approach to wellbeing for children and their whānau. As part of this approach, we are implementing an alternative model of counselling in selected schools, with expertise provided from outside the education sector.

Are you passionate about supporting the mental wellbeing of tamariki and whānau in schools?

Community Provision of Counselling in Schools  

At least 130 schools involving nationally around 21,000 ākonga will receive access to counselling support from the community sector. In Waikato this will be approximately 23 schools and 4,00 ākonga in primary, intermediate and small secondary schools.

Counselling will be tailored to the different needs of schools and integrated with a wide range of wellbeing supports in the school environment.

About our group and team

SE&S - Sector Enablement and Support

Our teams around the country work closely with the Early Childhood and Schooling sectors, providers, and communities to provide support, expertise and resources to help children and young people reach their full potential. We also directly provide Learning Support for around 40,000 children and young people nationally.

You'll be joining a small, high-performing team with a culture of constructive open-minded debate and working together to make an impact. It's a great developmental pathway as you gain political nous and systems thinking. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

About this role

The Lead Advisor Wellbeing Support will work closely with Ministry staff, community providers, schools and communities to establish the counselling initiative in selected schools in your region. The Lead Advisor will build connections to other wellbeing supports in schools and the community. Once the support is established, the focus will include the implementation and support of other wellbeing initiatives across the region.

The Lead Advisor will:

  • manage relationships between schools, providers and other key stakeholders to identify service priorities and provide regional oversight for the management of contracts with providers
  • lead on establishing and implementing the counselling initiative across selected schools in your region
  • share information across diverse stakeholders to inform quality programming and improvements
  • support the integration of quality counselling services in diverse school environments and build connections with other wellbeing supports provided in schools and the community.

About you

You will bring your experience working on other wellbeing initiatives, particularly with younger children in the school environment.  

Your strength will be your ability to manage relationships across multiple stakeholders to establish new initiatives in diverse environments. 

Your added value would be your networks with Māori and Pacific communities. 

You will have excellent project management skills, with the ability to deliver projects on time and be flexible to respond to the changing needs of communities as they emerge.  

As a Lead Advisor you will have a passion for working with schools and Ministry staff to support an inclusive education system that meets the needs of all ākonga.

To be successful in the role you will:

  • require a passion for working in a team that prioritises working with schools on ākonga mental health and wellbeing
  • be passionate about diversity and demonstrate your ability to work with Māori and Pacific communities, and ākonga with learning support needs
  • seek opportunities to tailor the initiative to meet the diverse needs of communities and continuously make improvements so that it has the best outcomes for ākonga and their whānau
  • prioritise building great relationships and partnerships with people at all levels of the organisation
  • have a team mindset and flexibility to work across multiple workstreams to achieve the group outcomes and priorities.
  • adapt to working in a fast-paced environment
  • have excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • have the ability to apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • actively support healthy and productive relationships between schools, Ministry staff, communities and providers to achieve the best outcomes for ākonga and their whānau.

You will be joining a growing team who are passionate about changing the way we work to improve educational outcomes for our learners, and committed to building transparent, ongoing partnerships that enable us to keep learners at the heart of everything we do.

Are you ready to make a difference?

The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring that what we are currently doing and what we plan to do in the future promotes and improves the wellbeing of all learners. 

There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.

For further information, please contact Jessica Calvert at Jessica.calvert@education.govt.nz

Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/692203_JobDesc.pdf

Applications close on Friday, 13 August 2021.


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