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Whanau Mentor

Tauranga Community Ministries

Are you seeking an opportunity to empower men and youth in the Tauranga area with a powerful and effective service, developing their coping strategies for the future? Would you prefer to be working with a team in a caring and supportive environment to achieve your goals? You may be just the person we are looking for!

We have a position available 30 hours per week 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday.

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 2,000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa and is recognised as a high value employer.  The mission: is caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

About the Department/Operation/Programme

The Community Ministries has a dynamic menu of helping and caring ministries that seeks to support Families and Children on the margins of society. The role of the Whanau Mentor is to provide case work for clients, with a focus on men and youth, in support of the wider operation of the Tauranga Community Ministries of The Salvation Army.

About the role/job description

Key tasks

You will meet with whanau/men in the office or at their home, identify needs and ascertain strategies for the future, while creating an atmosphere of belonging. You will also help to facilitate programmes such as Building Awesome Whanau and Positive Lifestyle Programme. Up-to-date reporting is required for our accountability and confidentiality is essential.

Person Specification

You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand.

You will need proven social service skills and demonstrated practice in working with men and young people, particularly Māori, with a knowledge of Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga preferred. Your ability to prioritise your commitments, eye for detail, efficiency with Microsoft and databases, and effective time management are amongst your strengths. This alongside your ability and confidence to de-escalate clients who may be stressed, your strong interpersonal, listening and facilitation skills are sought after.


Do not hesitate to contact us as interviews will begin as soon as we receive suitable applications, and you may be just the person we are looking for.

Contact information

For more information about this role or a job description please contact Sarah Way on 022 040 2846 or by email sarah.way@salvationarmy.org.nz

To apply please send your cover letter, CV (including referee details) and completed Application form to: sarah.way@salvationarmy.org.nz

Application form can be downloaded from: https://www.salvationarmy.org.nz/help-us/career-opportunities

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 Ministry of Justice clearance/Police Check (where applicable).

Applications close by 12 noon on Friday, 30 September 2022.

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.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is committed to cultural diversity, and in New Zealand, our Tiriti partnership.