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Employment Specialists – Take Charge

Odyssey is launching a new vocational support service for rangatahi aged 18-24 years.

A partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, the Take Charge service is based on the internationally recognised Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model and focuses on supporting rangatahi living with mild to moderate mental health challenges to overcome barriers to employment or training.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a capable Employment Specialist to join our Take Charge team of clinical, employment and peer specialists, based in New Lynn. You will be working in partnership with rangatahi and supporting them on their chosen work or study pathways.

Take Charge is based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model and uses a multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach to help empower rangatahi experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges to take their next step. The service offers easily accessible community-based assessment and support to gain and maintain employment or training.

Our ideal candidate will have:

· A demonstrated commitment and motivation to work with young people

· At least one year’s relevant work experience in a similar role, including experience of working with rangatahi to develop their full potential and/or gain employment

· Experience working in the health, social services, or allied sectors

· Experience facilitating groups

· Great interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to establish rapport and maintain relationships with a wide range of people

· A full, current New Zealand Driver’s license

· Knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi and bi-culturalism, and how to apply its principles to their practice

· A relevant qualification e.g., in Social Work, Health Science, HR or Occupational Therapy (desirable).

In return, we offer:

· A competitive salary and 22 days annual leave

· Passionate work colleagues and a great place to work

· The opportunity to make a real difference in an exciting new service to support rangatahi move towards a brighter future.

About Odyssey

Since 1980, we have supported thousands of New Zealanders whose lives are affected by addiction and/or mental health challenges. We wholeheartedly believe that everyone living in New Zealand should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, to feel hopeful about their future and to have meaningful relationships with friends and whānau. Find out more about our work at

All applicants should complete the online registration and application form on Odyssey’s website, and include a CV and cover letter with the application. For all enquiries, please contact Ursula Mochocka in the first instance on 09 623 1447 ext. 727.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please also note that Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks will be required for this role.

Closing date: Sunday 2nd May 2021