Youth Worker

Listed 2 days Ago
Otago Polytechnic
Social Services

Permanent, part-time (30 hours per week)

Tēnā koutou katoa

We seek an enthusiastic, dynamic and proactive Youth Worker to provide outstanding experiences and service to tauira (learners) in our Foundation Learning programmes.

Ko wai mātou | About us as an organisation

At Te Kura Matatini ki Otago/Otago Polytechnic, we believe that our people make a better world. We are a leader in hands-on, career-focused education, achieving some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining staff who are passionate, creative, future-focused and dedicated to helping our learners build their capability and realise their potential.

We are guided by our values of Caring / Manaakitaka, Courage / Maia, Accountability / Takohaka and Empowerment / Whakamanataka.  We are proud to be Rainbow Tick certified, and we aspire to create a working environment that is inclusive and meets the aspirations of mana whenua.

From 1 November 2022, Otago Polytechnic Limited (Otago Polytechnic) becomes a business division of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.  The operations namely policies, employment terms and conditions of the Otago Polytechnic entity will continue unless Te Pūkenga adopts a national policy which will then be discussed with you should you be a successful candidate for this role.

Mō te tūraka mahi | About the role

This newly created role will be a key member of the Foundation Learning Team, by providing outstanding service and support to our tauira (learners) in Foundation Learning programmes as part of the College of Community Development and Personal Wellbeing.

Your primary responsibilities will be assisting tauira in their learning journey by assessing their needs and providing support in 1:1 and group settings. You will provide pastoral care and promote awareness of mental health and wellbeing. 

The role involves liaison with other departments at Otago Polytechnic and external stakeholders to ensure increased participation, retention and independence for our tauira in a supportive learning environment.

Ko wai koe | About you 

Our preferred candidate will have a good understanding of challenges facing rangatahi / young people with demonstratable experience.

Your interpersonal skills will be outstanding to build relationships with not only stakeholders but with our tauira. Your communication skills will show a natural style that engages with youth from all walks of life including neurodiverse learners. Your strong cultural awareness in Māori and Paskifika communities guide you in providing the best possible outcomes for our learners.

You will enjoy working in a collaborative environment, have good organisational skills, an ability to adapt to change and thrive on using your own initiative.

You will have sounds computer literacy skills along with facilitation in group and individual settings.

If you’re up for working where your mahi makes a difference to people’s lives, where no two days are the same then please apply.

For specific Information please contact Harriet Walsh, 0800 762 786 or

For a position description or to apply please click on the link.

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 2 October 2022.

Applications for this role will take you to the advertisers site.