Programme Facilitator

Stanley St

  • Wellington

Programme Facilitator – Wellington Region

“Ehara taku toa I te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini” – Māori proverb (my strength is not the strength of my own, but the strength of many)

We're in the business of facilitating positive change, if that sounds like something you are interested in, please read on.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

Our Programme Facilitators work with the people within our two Wellington Prisons and our six Community Corrections sites to support them to understand and address the causes of their offending and assist them to create crime-free futures. They do this through delivering a range of clinically designed therapeutic programmes, either individually or with a co-facilitator.

We appreciate the different skill set within our team who come from different backgrounds, cultures, education, and experience – they all share the ability to motivate and work alongside others to support them to make positive changes in their lives.

Please note, this specific role will not be based in the Special Treatment Units although it is mentioned in the job description.

We will be holding an Assessment Centre for this role on Monday 5th August at the Regional Administration Building, Freyburg Road extension, Trentham Upper Hutt- shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend. 

This position will start on Monday, 16th September 2024.

Mōu | About you

We're looking for people who can actively listen and understand the people in our care and are keen to help them gain insight into their harmful behaviours. To undertake this role, you will need to be comfortable walking alongside people on their journey while consistently reflecting on your own practice.

Life experience is important to us, along with an alignment to our values you will also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent communication skills with a natural ability to engage and build relationships
  • Cultural understanding including working under a tikanga Māori framework
  • Resilience and flexibility – no two days will be the same
  • Self-insight, Wellbeing with a focus on a strong work/life balance
  • Understanding of de-escalation and conflict resolution
  • Have a current driver's licence

To support you in the role, it would be helpful though NOT essential for you to have an understanding of individual and group behaviour, and/or relevant tertiary education in psychology, social work, counselling or other relevant tertiary qualification along with demonstrated experience within this or a similar related area.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako | Skills and experience

So, what does a good Programme Facilitator look like?  These are some of the qualities that will make you stand out:

  • An effective listener and communicator with the ability to build strong positive relationships with participants and other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of, or are willing to learn about Māori culture, protocols and peoples and apply kaupapa Māori practice in your work
  • Ideally have experience in delivering and facilitating therapeutic interventions, either individual or, ideally, group therapy (not essential)
  • Comfortable having your practice reviewed and receptive to receiving regular constructive feedback with the confidence/maturity to grow and develop from this
  • Report writing experience

Utu ā-tau | Salary

Salary starts at $69,120 with opportunities to progress. Appointment and remuneration will reflect skills and experience relevant to the role. Flexible work options can be discussed.

Ko wai mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. 

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy - Hōkai Rangi (

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter describing your motivation for joining the department highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our kaupapa is critical to our success - we ask that you provide examples which reflect and demonstrate our organisation values. 

Applications close on Sunday 28th July 2024.

It is an exciting time to join us and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.  All applications must be submitted through our careers site to ensure transparency. Applications received via email will not be considered. 

If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at

For more information on this role, please refer to the attached Position Description.


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