Regional Advisor - Pacific

Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections

  • Permanent
  • Waikato

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.' one purpose to our work

'o le ala i le pule o le tautua'

The pathway to leadership is through service' 

Ara Poutama Aotearoa – The Department of Corrections. 

At its heart, the department is focused on the pursuit of oranga – the wellbeing of people.

Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our management to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (https://arapoutama.page.link/Eit5), provides a clear direction of travel - one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and our communities. 

Pasifika men in prison make up 12% of the incarcerated population, but only 8.4% of the total population in Aotearoa (Statistics New Zealand, 2018). This disproportionate representation illustrates the importance of our mahi that meets the specific needs of Pasifika offenders.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

The Regional Adviser Pacific provides sound support, guidance and advice at regional level to enhance the quality of services for Pasifika men & women in our care, and to build relationships with Pasifika communities in order to empower them in addressing Pasifika offenders' rehabilitation and reintegration needs.

This is a rewarding role which supports our region working alongside the senior leadership team providing support for our people by reviewing offender services for their effectiveness, and developing and sustaining relationships with service providers and other agencies/groups that contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes for Pasifika peoples.

The scope is diverse and will see you building strong relationships to encourage the participation of Pasifika churches, families (aiga/kainga) and communities in addressing the needs of Pasifika men & women in our care.  By building these networks and relationships this will enhance working relationships between Pasifika communities and the local/regional rehabilitation and reintegration services we provide. 

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

This is a very important role for our region and as such, your kete (kato/ato) will be full with a mixture of skills, experiences and knowledge to offer which will include:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and leadership in, Pasifika issues
  • A good understanding of cultural protocols and processes within Pasifika communities, and of Pasifika community structures and dynamics.
  • Experience in working with, or within, government agencies
  • Good standing within the Pasifika community and well-developed networks
  • An understanding of the diversities and complexities facing Pasifika peoples, and the needs of Pasifika communities in relation to the work of the Department.
  • An understanding of the Department's values, strategic goals and strategic direction in relation to Pasifika peoples
  • A high degree of integrity and the ability to self-manage and maintain personal and professional standards
  • Good command of English and one or more Pasifika language(s)
  • Proven communication and presentation skills
  • Proven research, analytical, and report-writing skills

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

This is a very unique but rewarding role; we're looking for people who are passionate about the rehabilitation of our Pasifika brothers and journey with us to work alongside our people and communities.

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter describing your background and why you feel that this would be a rewarding role for you!  We would love to hear your story.

Applications close Sunday 31st October 2021.

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit careers.corrections.govt.nz or email our team.

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