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Team Leader Clinical Practice

Do you have a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of our young people? We have an exciting Team Leader Clinical Practice opportunity in our Puketai Care and Protection Leadership team.

Mō mātou - About us

Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children has a commitment to putting tamariki and rangatahi at the heart of what we do.

In our work, we aim to demonstrate the following values:

  • We put Tamariki first
  • We believe Aroha is vital
  • We respect the Mana of people
  • We are Tika and Pono
  • We value Whakapapa
  • We recognise that Oranga is a journey

Our purpose is to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where Oranga Tamariki can be realised. We believe that by getting involved early in their lives and showing love and care, we give children the best chance of growing into happy thriving New Zealanders.

Mō te tūnga - About the role

The Team Leader Clinical Practice (TLCP) is an integral part of the Puketai Leadership team. This position oversees a service model which seeks to engage therapeutically with the tamariki and rangatahi that come into our care. The TLCP leads the delivery of quality assessments and the planning and programming of therapeutic services within the residence and two supervised group homes. Managing the case leader team, the TLCP will provide regular and planned supervision and ensure compliance with the National Care Standards. The TLCP will develop and strengthen local relationships with key stakeholders to enhance quality service provision. The TLCP will have a network of colleagues from other Care and Protection residences and will be supported by the Manager Clinical Services.

Ngā pūmanawatanga ōu - What you will bring

Key requirements of the role include the following:

  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to commit to the vision, mission, and goals of Oranga Tamariki
  • A comprehensive understanding of the impact of trauma across the lifespan
  • Supporting staff to ensure they have a better understanding of tamariki and rangatahi's needs and are aware of the support services and resources that are available to address these
  • A Masters level qualification in psychology, education, nursing (mental health) or social work
  • Proven experience in working with allied health practitioners and education providers to ensure high-quality therapeutic services
  • Experience in leading a team in a clinical or therapeutic setting (multi-disciplinary setting)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and written and verbal communication skills
  • A practical background in process planning for efficient service delivery
  • Contributing and supporting national and regional service delivery performance and practice improvement initiatives
  • An ability to anticipate and resolve problems and make decisions based on risks
  • Understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural practices, knowledge of tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, and how these help us be more responsive to support tamariki, whānau and families
  • A current, clean driver's licence

Nōu te rourou - What's in it for you

Oranga Tamariki offers an impartial remuneration package, that offers progression annually for experience through tenure. Annual remuneration for this position starts between $99,315.90 and $110,351.00 dependant on experience, with tenure-based progression steps available above this range. We offer a vibrant and supportive team, flexible work options and a genuine commitment to wellbeing. We offer significant training and professional development so that you can thrive and grow.

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Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Apply online with your CV and covering letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please ensure you apply with a log in using your Oranga Tamariki email address. If you have any questions about the role, please contact

Applications close on Friday, 4 March 2022.

At Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children, our highest priority is the safety and welfare of our kaimahi and the tamariki and whānau we support.

At this time Oranga Tamariki invites applications from fully vaccinated people or people with a valid medical exemption (under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021). We will require evidence of your vaccination status or a valid exemption. We will require evidence of your vaccination status at the pre-employment stage of our recruitment process.

Oranga Tamariki is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role. We also support flexible working arrangements.