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Group Leaders - Live Life Support Services

Exciting opportunity to lead and coach team leaders to support their teams of support staff.

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki ēnei mahi (About these positions)

Due to significant growth in Live Life Disability Support Services (DSS), we have separated our Respite services from our partnership work with Oranga Tamariki (OT) in Bespoke and Emergency Placement services. Therefore we are now offering two exciting opportunities for experienced and highly motivated individuals to become the Group Leader Bespoke & Emergency Placements (OT partnership), or Group Leader Respite & Family Partnerships in our friendly and dedicated complex services team.

These are permanent, full-time positions, working 80 hours a fortnight, and will require travel across the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions. Usual days of work will be Monday to Friday.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

Reporting to the Group Manager of Complex Supports, these Group Leader roles will join two existing Group Leaders to strengthen our services in disability (intellectual, physical, brain injury etc.) specifically for children, youth and young adults across Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. We embed in our practices Enabling Good Lives, the Social Model and Active Support and welcome candidates with community disability experience.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead and coach team leaders to support their teams of support staff. You will work alongside your teams to facilitate greater choice and control for the people we support and their natural networks, particularly for those with complex support needs including challenging behaviour. You will have excellent communication skills, work based practice and be able to work effectively within multi-disciplinary and cross agency teams.

Your role will be expected to embed evidenced-based practices around Positive Behaviour Support, Risk Management, Children Protection and health and safety. It will be necessary to have a good understanding of current trends, acts, conventions and models of disability service delivery particularly for children in out-of-home placements, or through planned and unplanned breaks in our residential respite services. Acknowledgement, inclusiveness and great communication with the young people we support, families and whanau is the key to building partnerships in developing flatting opportunities for the next generation of young people, as they transition out of home.

You will hold a minimum NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) Advanced Support, or an equivalent health or disability related qualification as assessed by the Ministry of Health (see link below). You will ideally hold a Level 5 Diploma level and above, or working towards Level 5 or above, in Human Services, Child Protection or equivalent is desirable.

You will also have a sound knowledge of Person Centred support as well as good time management skills. Experience working in the field of disability would be advantageous.

For more information please read through the position description, including the job specifications specific to each role, available on the NMDHB careers site.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

For role specific information please contact Liz Matthews, Group Manager - Complex Supports at

Keen to apply now, it's easy. Please fill in our online application form.


Applications close on Sunday, 27 June 2021.

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.