Counsellor, Manawatu – Whanganui

About Us

Family Works is one of New Zealand’s largest NGOs providing integrated social services for the whole community. We are dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and whānau. We provide a range of services to families and communities, including social work, counselling, mediation, mentoring and parenting support.

About the Role

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Counsellor who has a good understanding of family and child context. In this role you’ll deliver counselling and related support to families and whānau. We offer a great training package, professional support, and colleagues who are just as dedicated to promoting children’s wellbeing as you are!

The role is permanent for 40 hours per week..

We are looking for someone who likes a challenge and plenty of diversity!

About You

You will be a passionate, energetic person with the ability to connect to children and their families.

You will be knowledgeable, organised and have excellent communication skills. Your approach to your work will be with kindness, logic and above all, the drive to do right by the child.

In addition to being a passionate counsellor, you will also have:

  • Experience working with vulnerable individuals, couples, whānau, youth and children
  • Membership with a professional organisation
  • A relevant professional tertiary qualification
  • Flexible, safe and creative approaches in supporting vulnerable people.
  • Experience working with family violence and child protection
  • An accreditation in Family Dispute Resolution and ACC would be an advantage

How to apply

To apply or for more information visit our website:

If you would like further information, please contact Jim Berry or Puti Tamehana on 06 3456681 or get in touch at

Only those with the legal right to work in NZ may apply.

Candidates should expect to undergo police vetting for these roles and Family Works may need to contact our key stakeholders such as Ministry of Social Development or Ministry of Justice to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the candidate and the organisation.

Applications close: 29 March 2020.