Transitional Housing Social Worker, Palmerston North

The Salvation Army has been transforming lives since 1865. We work in over 130 countries, coordinated by our International Headquarters in London and we are a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005. The Army has over 3,000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and is recognised as a high value employer. The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is committed to cultural diversity, and in New Zealand, our Tiriti partnership.

The Salvation Army is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people, including children, and upholding their rights to protection from abuse and/or neglect.

About the role

If you are an amazing social worker who wants to work with an awesome, funny, and supportive team, we want to kōrero with you! We are looking for a registered social worker to join our team of social workers and tenancy support kaimahi. This is a full-time position – 40 hours per week.

The Salvation Army Supportive Accommodation team is committed to providing a professional service and care to our community. We are focused on building relationships and working together with singles/families/whānau to achieve long term sustainable housing.

This exciting role involves providing comprehensive assessments, goal setting, case management, and one-to-one supportive interventions. If you have a commitment to supporting people into permanent housing solutions and have many of the following attributes, we would like to hear from you:

The right applicant will have:

  • a Social Work degree and be fully registered with the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) – this is a must
  • experience working in the social worker field of practice
  • knowledge of mental health and Alcohol and Other Drugs interventions and pathways of care
  • knowledge of Te Whare Tapa Wha and experience using the framework within social work mahi
  • proficiency in needs assessment and case management skill
  • proficiency in advocating for clients with housing, financial or welfare related needs
  • the ability to relate positively and communicate effectively with a wide range of people
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • excellent standard of computer literacy skills
  • the ability to be self-motivated and work both independently and part of the team
  • able to work from both a bicultural and multicultural perspective
  • ampathy with the values and mission of The Salvation Army
  • a full driver’s licence is a must


To be appointed in this role, applicants must have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. This role includes working with vulnerable people, children and youth. A Police check will be required as part of the application process.

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To apply please send a covering letter, current CV and completed application form to

Our application form can be downloaded here and needs to be included as part of your application:

Closing date:

Applications close by 5:00pm on Wednesday, 14 April 2021.

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army.