Senior Social Worker, Auckland

logo - NZ Defence ForceWhat you will do

The Senior Social Worker is responsible for both managing the team and the provision of social services to military personnel and their families, to ensure that Service personnel are able to perform their duties in a manner that meets the objectives of the Royal New Zealand Navy and the New Zealand Defence Force.

What we need

We are seeking a registered social worker with significant experience of working within a therapeutic setting. You will have generalist counselling skills in a number of areas including alcohol, drugs, depression, mental health, relationships, families, anger management and domestic violence. Your prior experience has given you extensive knowledge of the external local social services agencies to which clients can be referred to. To this role you will also bring a strong foundation of working with Maori and Pacific peoples, their families/whānau and communities.

You are a professional practitioner with exceptional communication skills which enable you to work across a wide range of people within a complex environment. This is a senior position where you will manage a small team of like-minded professionals while also developing the Social Work Service ensuring that it is responsive to the needs of the Royal New Zealand Navy, its Service Personnel and their families/whānau.

Another aspect of the role will see you providing welfare information for Command to assist in decision making processing such is mitigation for disciplinary events, reports and current issues for service personnel and their family/whānau.

In terms of qualifications we need a Tertiary (preferably Post Graduate) Social Work Qualification, be registered with the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board and hold a current social work competency certificate.

You will belong to the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, hold a full current New Zealand Driver’s License and have a valid Workplace First Aid Certificate.

Who we are

The Naval Community Organisation (NCO) purpose, in the wider RNZN organisation is to provide and be responsible for comprehensive well-being services, support, advice and information to the naval community and in doing so contribute to the navy’s effectiveness in reaching its strategic human resources goals i.e. bringing the Naval community together.

Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.

Why Us

NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.

In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with:

  • Great benefits for you and your family;
  • Full time ongoing work;
  • Fully funded life cover up to $300,000;
  • Access to holiday accommodation across NZ;
  • Discounts Handbook for selected retail, entertainment and service providers;
  • 5 weeks annual leave per year.

How to Apply

To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.

Applications close on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:

Low level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and/or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.