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Assistant Operations Manager

Addington Supportive Accommodation, Christchurch

We are looking to employ a full time Registered Heath professional into this brand-new role, who is interested in working with homeless men and families, in need of Emergency Housing. We have expanded in the last 2 years and this new role is part of changes to respond to the complexity of those who we are supporting.

This is a 40 hours per week permanent role, Monday to Friday role, with hours of 9:30 am – 6:00 pm or 10:00 am- 6:30 pm (or similar).  There will be rostered on-call every 4-6 weeks.

You will work alongside our very experienced Director and Operations Manager in the day-to-day management of the sites. You will provide strong clinical leadership and decision making to our Social Workers, Nurses, Counsellor and Support Workers during the week. You will be part of our Senior Leadership team. 

The Salvation Army is contracted to MSD (Ministry of Social Development) to provide short term emergency housing for up to 3 months within one of our hostels and a further 3 months once they move into their own home. The Salvation Army hostel has celebrated 120 years of homeless services as part of its Christian mission to the Canterbury community.

You will be based from our Addington hostels site. You will be focused upon the mental health and addiction and social support needs of our 88 men and up to 16 families.

You will help lead the 2 teams to ensure that our practice process and day-to-day support and care are meeting the needs of those using our services. You will have a case load. No day will ever be the same!

Our successful applicant for this role will have a Degree and Full Registration in either Nursing, Social Work, AOD (Alcohol & Other Drugs) Counselling or similar, and a current APC (Annual Practicing Certificate). You will have completed Post Graduate mental health (or similar) to at least a Certificate or Diploma level in a relevant field

You will have at least 5 years’ experience in either the areas of Mental Health or AOD and/or Corrections work areas. You will have at least 2 years’ prior leadership experience. You need to be confident in your decision making as this area of work can be dynamic and requires quick responses.

We support all our Case Workers and Clinical staff to undertake approved Post Graduate study to at least a Certificate level, have monthly clinical supervision and maintain registration as part of their employment package.   

It is vital that you:

  1. Are very supportive of the Christian mission of the Salvation Army and the work of the Emergency Housing Accommodation services;
  2. Have a full, clean NZ drivers’ licence;
  3. Are self-directed and independent, can engage with our diverse clients, can undertake a professional social service and can interact with a wide range of people, families, cultures and the wider community;
  4. Have the qualifications and experience outlined above;
  5. Have NZ registration and previous leadership experience in a similar setting.

Contact information

For more information about this role or for a job description please contact Glenn Dodson, Director, by email          


To apply please send your cover letter, CV (including referee details) and completed application form to:        

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

Applicants must be eligible already to work in NZ with a NZ residency or work permit. There will be a full Police criminal conviction history check for this role.

Closing date

Applications close by 12 noon on Friday, 20 September 2019.