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Community Ministries Key Worker

Newtown Centre, Community Ministries Team
  • Looking for a highly rewarding role as a key member of our Community Ministries Team?
  • Keen to contribute to the achievement of The Salvation Army’s mission and Christian ethos?
  • A heart for social justice?

We are seeking a social worker, occupational therapist, nurse or counsellor to join our team as a Community Ministries Key Worker.

This is a permanent fulltime position for 37.5 per week

Every day people visit Newtown Worship and Community Centre seeking support.  This includes homeless people in need of support of emergency or transitional housing, people experiencing difficulty having their voices heard and in need of advocacy (i.e. having to navigate our social and healthcare system, homelessness, refugees when no longer supported by other agencies, others who are vulnerable), people impacted by abuse, domestic violence, or neglect, in urgent need of support with food, clothing or furniture, people experiencing mental health and addiction challenges needing to talk to someone, social isolation, debt or other financial or social challenges. 

The Newton Worship and Community Centre is privileged to host a Drop-in Centre, a place where in partnership with our guests, we provide a safe space of belonging and social connection during the day.  In this space we are growing a culture of wellbeing and fortifying strengths-based relationships of respect and trust.  We have identified the need to provide a more comprehensive service for our Drop-in Centre guests who need a voice, advocacy and case management as appropriate. 

The reality and impact of intergenerational trauma as a result of colonisation in New Zealand, adverse childhood events (ACE’s) and other trauma, is evident in the stories our clients and guests share with us.  Therefore, the person filling this position will understand and be committed to work in a trauma-informed environment way to support healing from trauma.

In this varied role characterised by a positive can-do approach, a person holding a professional qualification as a social worker, occupational therapist, nurse or counsellor will advocate and promote quality and social justice by:

  1. Engaging with, assessing and in partnership with clients develop person-centered care/goal plans, provide advocacy, refer to appropriate services, provide case management and supportive counselling to people seeking support from Newtown Centre; 
  2. As an active member of the transitional housing team, deliver a professional and effective service to families facilitating successful transitioning into long-term sustainable housing;
  3. Assisting with the development and presentation of ready-to-rent workshops to our transitional housing clients and others in the community, enhancing their opportunities and ability to enter into and hold a private tenancy. 

This is a highly rewarding opportunity where you will work with a welcoming, committed and passionate team in seeking to fulfil the mission of The Salvation Army to care for people, transform lives and reform society through God in Christ by the Holy Spirit’s power.

Person Profile:

  • Holds a professional registration as a Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Nurse or Counsellor in New Zealand;
  • Experience in conducting assessments and creating person-centered partnership plans with individuals and families supporting transformation, providing supportive counselling, advocacy, life skills coaching and parenting skills coaching;
  • Commitment to the principles of partnership, protection and participation inherent te Tiriti o Waitangi, aiming to work together with Māori to achieve their goals and the best possible outcomes for whanau;
  • Experience in using the Te Whare Tapa Whā holistic health and wellness model in their practice;
  • Experience with working in a person-centred and strengths-based manner;
  • Strong advocate for disadvantaged and vulnerable people of all ethnic, cultural, faith and social backgrounds;
  • Ability to relate to people with compassion, sensitivity, acceptance and patience;
  • Ability to navigate our healthcare and social care systems;
  • Ability to work in collaboration and partnership with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Good written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write adequate client records and reports;
  • Good computer literacy;
  • Commitment to continuous professional development;
  • Punctual and reliable;
  • Able to develop good working relationships and contribute positively to building a strong team culture;
  • Self-organised with good administration and time-management skills;
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative;
  • Current clean full car driver’s licence.

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.


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

P: 04 389 0594

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

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

Closing date

Applications close by 5:00 pm on Sunday, 13 October 2019.