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Peer Support Specialist – 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 now have an exciting new opportunity for a Peer Support Specialist to join our Take Charge team of clinical, employment and peer support specialists in New Lynn. You will work in partnership with rangatahi living with mental health and/or addiction issues and support them on their chosen work or study pathways.

The successful candidate will have:


· DHB approved Peer Support specialist training

· Intentional Peer Support training

· Lived experience of mental health or addiction challenges

· Understanding of and interest in Odyssey’s work

· Full current New Zealand Driver’s Licence


· A certificate in mental health or addictions, Level 4 or 5 equivalent or higher

· To have an ongoing personal wellbeing plan in place which supports your wellness each day

· Knowledge/awareness of Mental Health and/or? Addiction treatment and recovery principles

· Knowledge of potential community resources and support networks

· Experience of working in the social services, mental health and/or addictions sectors

· Experience working with youth.

In return, we offer:

· A competitive salary

· A chance to take your career to the next level and utilise your peer support skills.

· The opportunity to grow a new service for rangatahi within the Auckland region.

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.

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