Team Leader, Whanganui

Team Leader, Family Works | Whanganui

About Us 

Family Works is one of the largest NGOs providing integrated social services for the whole community. Family Works provides a range of services to families and communities including needs assessments, social work, counselling and therapy and a range of life-skills and parenting courses.

At Family Works, we take a whole-of-family approach that builds on the skills and strengths of the individual and their family, whānau and community relationships. Our values are to work alongside to assist positive change for tamariki and their whānau.

About the Role

This is a permanent, full time (40 hours per week) role based in Whanganui.

The team leader is responsible for case managing the Whanganui team of eight. Reporting to the Regional Manager, you will ensure that the Whanganui community is supported by Family Works programmes.

Family Works programmes include social work support with families experiencing family violence; ongoing counselling support to adults, couples, youth, children and families; group and individual programmes for tamariki and wāhine who have experienced trauma; parenting programmes; family dispute resolution and clinical supervision for other professionals.

Knowledge and experience of working in the Family Harm environment, as well as connections within the Whanganui community, are paramount for this role.

About You

You will be a qualified and registered Social Worker with previous experience in managing a team of practitioners and working in a multidisciplinary environment.

You will be an empathetic person with a passion for helping children and whanau. Your approach to your work will be with kindness, logic and above all, the drive to do right by the child.

You will also:

  • Have at a minimum of 5 years experience in Social Work.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience in working with Children
  • Be knowledgeable in Family Violence issues
  • Have evidence of community connections and involvement.
  • Be responsible for training, and mentoring new staff members and shadowing each others work.
  • Mentor, support and supervise student social workers.

How to Apply

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

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

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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: 12 July 2020