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Job vacancies in Whitianga, Mercury Bay and the top half of the Coromandel Peninsula.

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Oscar Assistant Supervisor

Whitianga Social Services

Join our team

If you enjoy working with tamariki/children aged 5-14 then this may be the job for you. The Oscar After School Care programme runs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2:30 - 5:15pm, Wednesdays 1:30 - 5:15pm after school, and during the term breaks Monday to Friday 8:30 - 5:30pm.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and in the school holidays.

The role is to support the Oscar Team leader to supervise children enrolled in both programmes. Experience and/or qualifications working with children are desirable but not essential. The key objectives of the role are:

• To interact with young children/ tamariki and young people to promote personal skills, self-esteem and confidence and enhance social interaction

• To ensure programme activities are relaxed, safe and in a supportive environment

• To communicate positively with the WCST team and parents of the children enrolled in the programme.

We are a close contact service and the successful applicant will be:

• Fully vaccinated and be prepared to have a booster when required

• Hold a full driver’s license and be legally able to work in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

For a full job description, please contact Sheryll FitzPatrick on 027 303 5303 or email Applications close 8 July 2022.

Get In Touch

For further information and a job description, please contact Whitianga Social Services manager, Sheryll FitzPatrick:




027 303 5303 



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Team Leader Ropu Katiaki Social Work Team

Whitianga Social Services

Join our team

The Whitianga Community Services Trust, also known as Whitianga Social Services, delivers over 20 programmes and services to the people of Te Whanganui-o-Hei Mercury Bay.

We currently have a vacancy for a team leader who will provide clinical and professional oversight, and direct leadership for our Rōpū Kaitiaki.  This is a full-time, permanent role for a registered social worker with a current practising certificate. This amazing opportunity is a leadership role requiring an experienced practitioner able to provide supervision, leadership and support to a small team of social work and counselling staff. The client case load includes adults and tamariki -  children, rangatahi -  youth and young people, and whānau - families, who are at risk of abuse, harm or offending, and families where there is a risk of family violence. Cultural sensitivity, good communication skills (oral and written), and the ability to work within a multifaceted team and other social service professionals are essential requirements of this position. Applicants require a minimum of three years’ social work experience, preferably in a community-based setting.


Benefits and perks

• A friendly supportive work environment with a great, dynamic team.

• Free car parking.

• Paid leave for your birthday.

• Practicing certificate costs reimbursed.

• In this unique environment, you will work closely with highly skilled and multidisciplinary teams, including other community social workers, counsellors, children’s team lead professionals and educators.

• Contribute to integrated service delivery within a reputable NGO.

• Opportunities for professional development.

• External professional supervision is considered integral to the health and safety  of the team leader’s role and provided by the trust. Key responsibilities/Skills

• Lead, motivate and support the social services team.

• Monitor team performance and report on KPIs.

• Provide supervision of and professional development for social services staff.

• Provide initial assessments of referrals and support to the whānau/clients  when required.

• Practice strengths-based approach with staff, whānau and community.

• Develop strong relationships with a range of government and non-government organisations, local community networks, and local iwi to ensure tamariki and whānau receive external services as needed.

• Develop, implement and coordinate programmes and support delivery of appropriate preventative programmes to children, young people and adults.


The successful candidate

• Qualification - New Zealand-registered Social Worker.

• Proven work experience as a team leader or supervisor.

• Highly skilled, energetic person who has a sound knowledge of child protection.

• The ability to work with diversity.

• Current full driver’s license and a clean police check.

• Strong relationship-building skills.

• Strong oral and written communication skills.

• Strong organisational and decision-making skills.

• Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Our staff and volunteers are in close contact with vulnerable people.


For further information and a job description, please contact Sheryll FitzPatrick, manager, on phone 027 303 5303 or email

Get In Touch

For further information and a job description, please contact Whitianga Social Services manager, Sheryll FitzPatrick:




027 303 5303 



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