Social Worker

University of Waikato

  • Fixed Term
  • Waikato

Social Worker

Student Health, Hauora Ākonga

Fixed term 0.8 FTE role

Is making a difference in peoples' lives a goal in your work? Is enhancing equity important to you? Do you want to work in a team where diversity is celebrated and valued? Student Health: Hauora Ākonga could be just the workplace for you.

Ko wai mātou? - Who are we?

Student Health: Hauora Ākonga, provides holistic, high quality, responsive and cost effective services to students from modern premises on both the Hamilton and Tauranga Campuses. Our purpose is to enhance student health and wellbeing for success at the University of Waikato and beyond. The principles that guide this mahi include a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, being integrated and student led, equity and student focused, holistic and evidence-based.

We are excited to be expanding our Mental Health and Wellbeing team and services.

You will be joining an integrated health team which includes Registered Nurses Mental Health and Wellbeing, Counsellors, a Social Worker, Health Promotion and Violence Prevention Coordinators, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Prescribers, Practice Nurses, a Chaplain and Administrators.

Ngā kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

We are seeking a registered social worker with expertise supporting tauira with mental health, wellbeing and addictions challenges. This position plays an important role not only to Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato but to the wider community.

Our new social worker will work with tauira and whānau to understand and find solutions to the psychosocial issues that are impacting on health and wellbeing. You will work within Student Health: Hauora Ākonga at both our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses as part of a friendly and skilled multi-disciplinary team.

Your will link in with our community partners to ensure services and supports are culturally and clinically responsive to the tauira and whānau needs.

The role is dynamic and evolving. As well as providing individual tauira support, you will be involved in education and community development to address the social determinants of health, poor health and wellbeing, promote equity and impact positively on health outcomes.

For more information on the Student Health: Hauora Ākonga see

Ko wai koe? - Who are you?

Prepare for your next challenge to utilise your expertise, where it is highly valued, and join a vibrant, creative, holistic health and wellbeing service.

You will have the following:

  • Either a Bachelor of Social Work qualification, Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work, Bachelor of Applied Social Work Te Tōrino, or Poutuārongo Toiora Whānau- with a current Practicing Certificate
  • Experience working in the mental health field
  • A commitment to culturally safe, recovery focussed and trauma informed practice
  • An ability to build connections with people and relate to a wonderfully diverse student community
  • An appreciation of models of wellbeing from a range of cultures
  • Excellent communication skills

He aha ngā take me tono mai ai koe? - Why should you apply for this position?

Be part of Student Health: Hauora Ākonga a fun, innovative and highly skilled team. Our University provides a unique and satisfying work environment with many benefits to our staff including study opportunities, generous superannuation and leave provisions.

This is a 0.8 FTE role and is fixed-term until 30 June 2024.

Salary will be in the range of $74,802 to $86,268 per year, depending on qualifications, skills and experience.

Please note: This role engages with communities mandated by the Extended Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 and you will therefore be required to provide proof of vaccination and booster for this role. For more information, please see Covid-19 information site.

To view the position description, please click here.

Applications close on Friday, 22 July 2022.

Vacancy Number: 420245

 For further information and to apply online, please click here

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