Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Waikato
  • Permanent - full-time role (South East and City West teams)

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Learning support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.

Our learning support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.

About this role

All roles are based in Hamilton. The day to day work for this position is in the South East and Hamilton City West area of the Waikato District and we are increasing our tele-practice capability to enable greater service to the education sector and flexible working arrangements.

As a Psychologist you will play a critical role in our region's Learning Support team by:

  • identifying patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour
  • enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings
  • providing professional support and guidance to schools, teachers and families and building the capacity of those who are best placed to support the learning of children and young people
  • providing appropriate in-depth specialist assessment and analysis for evidenced informed interventions
  • working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child's needs are complex
  • the successful applicant will have a working knowledge of our current Service Delivery Model, and practice will reflect the six element approach.

About you

To be successful you will need the following:

  • A Masters level tertiary qualification and/or a post-graduate Diploma in Psychology/Educational Psychology or equivalent
  • For a Psychologist you would need to be registered under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act and to hold a current practicing certificate
  • Ability to translate specialist knowledge into practical information
  • Ability to co-ordinate service provision in a multi-agency, trans-disciplinary setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families and teachers across a diverse range of settings
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga
  • Willingness to engage with tele-practice services in addition to working face to face with services
  • A current driver's licence as travel is a requirement of the role

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

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 Linda Collins at or 07 8508880.

Applications close on Sunday, 3 October 2021.

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