Lecturers – Social Work and Human Services – Ara, Canterbury

City Campus/Manawa

Full time, Permanent and Fixed term – Parental leave cover

  • Exciting roles Tertiary Education – Social Work and Human Services
  • Career growth and opportunity to develop skills
  • Flexible and would also love to hear from those seeking part time or casual

Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant and progressive tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region. Our talented staff, innovative business collaborators and supportive community partners are passionate about the role they play in our students’ success.

As a leading provider of social work education, you have the chance to join a creative, supportive team who are professionally and personally motivated by inspiring students pursuing social work and support worker careers within the challenging tertiary education environment.

The Roles:

We currently have a full time Parental leave cover, a full time tenured role and options for part time or casual as well.  These roles present an exciting opportunity to join our team to contribute to social work and support worker education in programmes underpinned by principles of social justice, bicultural practice and empowering others to promote personal and social change. The major focus of the roles is working in with students in the Bachelor of Social Work, the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing and / or the Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision. There are opportunities to work in course theory and skills, field education and placement support and the hours of work are usually flexible and worked across the academic year.

The successful applicants will work with a team of staff who are experienced social work educators. These roles requires social workers who are passionate about practice and have an excellent reputation as a professional. These roles may suit an experienced educator or someone new to social work education who is seeking a change in the direction of their career and wanting to move into education.

Due to continued growth in student numbers we would be happy to discuss other options if you have an interest in part time or casual work as well.  Please apply and make it clear in your cover letter which would suit you best between Permanent full time, fixed term parental leave cover or part time/casual.


  • Registered Social Workers
  • A postgraduate qualification, preferably a master’s degree in social work or related discipline
  • A minimum of three years practice experience as a social worker
  • Practice and educational qualifications and skills that support teaching of social work and human services
  • A broad range of social work practice skills


We offer and encourage professional and skill development. Enjoy excellent employment conditions, a great central city location and access to modern facilities at our Madras campus, including Gym/Recreation Centre with free staff yoga and group fitness sessions, Library, Visions on Campus Restaurant, two Childcare Centres and a Health Centre.

To Apply:

We accept applications via our online application system.  For a job description and/or to apply online please visit http://www.ara.ac.nz/about-us/work-at-ara

If you have any queries in relation to the vacancy or application process, please contact the People and Development team via PeopleandDevelopment@ara.ac.nz or 03 940 8623. Emailed applications will not be considered.  We will be reviewing applications as they arrive and may hold interviews earlier than the closing date.

Applications close – Wednesday 27 March 2019