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Social Worker

Linwood, Christchurch
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  • This exciting role involves working with individuals and families in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch, providing comprehensive assessments, case management, and one-to-one supportive interventions.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been transforming lives since 1865.  We work in over 130 countries, coordinated by our International Headquarters in London and we are a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005.  The Army has over 3000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and is recognised as a high value employer.  The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is: Caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

About Linwood Corps & Community Ministries

The Linwood Corps is looking for a Social Worker to enhance our ministry in our community. We want to help people make lasting change in their lives and the lives of their whanau. Our aim is to provide a place where we help people of all cultures take the next step in improving their lives, where the spiritual, physical, emotional and family needs are addressed.

About the role

The purpose of the position is to provide the capacity to deliver social service assistance via the Community Ministry wing of the Corps programme. It is a three-year fixed term contract for 20 hours per week. There is flexibility to negotiate these hours.

Key tasks

  • Work with clients to assist them to identify goals and steps to attaining these;
  • Use the Model of Care framework, Te Whare Tapa Wha, Strengths Based Engagement and Motivational Interviewing to inform all client’s’ interactions;
  • Provide advocacy where necessary;
  • Assist other staff to ensure best practice in all client interactions;
  • Facilitate delivery of programmes in line with client needs;
  • Assist in providing seamless links between community ministries and corps;
  • Provide key links to other positive communities for people to be involved with.

Person Specification

We are seeking someone who:

  • Is preferably a qualified and experienced NZ Registered Social Worker;
  • Has a full NZ Drivers’ License;
  • Has the ability to relate positively and communicate effectively with a wide range of people;
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Has an excellent standard of computer literacy skills;
  • Has the ability to be self-motivated and work both independently and as part of the team;
  • Is proficient in needs assessment and case management skills;
  • Has the ability to work well within a team environment;
  • Can work from a bicultural perspective;
  • Has the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Has empathy with the values and mission of The Salvation Army.

Contact information

For more information about this role please contact Lynne Medland on 027 448 3682 or 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 for this position will need to have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.  All employment offers are subject to the completion of a satisfactory Police Check.

Closing date

Applications close by 12 noon on Friday, 30 September 2019.

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.