Team Leader - Child Respite (LLDS)

Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Nelson-Tasman

Live Life Disability Support

Permanent, full-time position

Nelson community

Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

  • Do you like to connect with people?
  • Do you see the beauty and strength in diversity and cultural differences?
  • Do you have vision, courage, passion, confidence, commitment, and other qualities to be a leader who encourages innovation?
  • Can you communicate in a way that values and acknowledges the people we support, family, whānau, and your team?
  • And do you like a challenge as you do not like the mundane?

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Live Life Disability Support provide support to over 250 people, who have disabilities, to achieve their personal aspirations and choices in a variety of residential and respite settings across the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions. We are a community-based disability support service focused on quality-of-life outcomes and the Enabling Good Lives Principles.

We support each person to manage their day to day lives in ways and at times that work for them. This could be anything from personal care, behaviour support to living the life in the community. The people we support have a wide range of abilities and we focus on enabling good lives by being inclusive and actively encouraging family and whānau input.

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki ēnei mahi (About these positions)

We are looking to appoint a Team Leader to join our existing team in our new refurbished respite home in Nelson. You will work closely with whānau, local community, and professional agencies to provide short, medium, or emergency respite for children with unique and special needs. Harness your attentive support style to organize and sometimes participate in activities or school holiday programs that inspire and create great memories. You will always be role modelling best practice, whilst ensuring the team can bring fun, engaging, and fit-for-purpose care in home, for our all too often marginalised tamariki.

Our mahi is dynamic, demanding and rewarding. From personal cares to empathetic practice, by utilising your mana-enhancing skills that ensure safety as a holistic concept. You will be involved with ongoing service development, such as rostering and reporting. You will be an integral part of the team, providing support and leadership, that keeps us involved in the community.

Your role is on-roster, working with flexibility over seven days including evening and weekends. Our goal is to center the needs of the child and their whānau, requiring lots of communication, planning and flexibility. Therefore, you are guaranteed every second weekend off, and on the roster, you will need to factor in one or two days a week where you are focusing on coordination and planning only.

We are non-judgmental, reflective, and trauma informed always, and we embed the Enabling Good Lives principles into the important mahi that we do.

The salary for this position is $58,760 plus an annual allowance of $7,000.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will have inspiring leadership skills and a strong commitment to the principles of person-centred support. You will also hold a minimum NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4), or an equivalent health or disability related qualification as assessed by the Ministry of Health (see link below) and will have a sound knowledge of Person-Centred support as well as good time management skills. Experience working in the field of disability, youth social services would be advantageous.

The salary for this position is plus an annual allowance of $7,000. This role is classified by Immigration as ANZSCO 423111 and applicants for this position must be eligible to work in New Zealand.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 5395746. For role specific enquiries contact Paul Brennan, Group Leader Respite at

Apply now, it's easy. Please complete our online application form.


Applications close on Friday, 8 December 2023 (unless filled prior). Applications will be reviewed as received.

Te Whatu Ora strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori, and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.



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