Team Lead Counselling (Mental Health and Outreach Coordination), Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington

  • Team Lead, Counselling; (fixed-term, full-time)
  • Do you have a relevant university degree and a desire to provide quality counselling to students in order to support their personal and academic development?
  • Are you experienced in supporting a diverse range of people?

Mō Te Herenga Waka – About our University

Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

We are seeking an experienced Team Lead to work within our Student Counselling service. This is a 10-month fixed-term position, to provide parental leave cover. You will be part of a passionate and motivated Counselling team and will take a multidisciplinary approach to client care working closely with staff from Student Health, Student Academic Services and across the University.

Student Counselling primarily provides short-term counselling to students. We also provide wellbeing and resiliency education workshops and programmes to students and consultation services to university staff and take lead in a range of University wide preventive and health promotion initiatives.

Additionally, Tu Ora Compass Health and Victoria University of Wellington have agreed to run a youth mental health pilot (Piki) until mid-2022 to focus on integrated therapies for 18 to 25-year old’s, with Student Counselling being one provider of this.

Ō pūmanawa – About you

As a Team Lead, you will lead a team of clinicians and will be responsible for all aspects of your staff management and professional leadership, as well as counselling support provided within the Halls of Residence. You will work closely with the Clinical Lead, Counselling, to ensure the Service meets Student and University needs. This includes working alongside the Clinical Lead, Counselling, in leading, planning, strategic development and management of the delivery of the Student Counselling Service responsive to the increasingly diverse Student population to assist Students to achieve their academic and personal potential. This role contains a mix of leadership responsibilities and the delivery of counselling services to students.

We are seeking a highly experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker or psychologist with experience managing a team and an interest in working with young adults and mature students in a university setting. You will have the ability to work therapeutically with people who have a wide range of emotional, social, cultural, and mental health issues. Knowledge and experience of work in the tertiary sector and within mental health services would be helpful, as would special attention with working with Māori, Pasifika and Rainbow people.

Applicants must hold a relevant applied university degree and be a full member of a professional body such as NZAC, NZAP, ANZASW, or be a registered psychologist. An ability to work cooperatively as part of a team will be essential.

This role requires safety checking through the police vetting system under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Download the role description from our careers site.

Contact details for vacancy:For further information, please contact Jo Veale, Projects Advisor, on (04) 463 5308 or email

Important – application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form from our careers site>>.

Click the Apply Now button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.

Applications close Monday, 24 May 2021.

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