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Youth Worker

We are now seeking a full-time permanent Youth Worker / Kaitoko to join our Youth INtact team based at our community service hub in central Hamilton from where you will travel regularly throughout our service area including rural areas.

Your enthusiasm for working with young people will be demonstrated by work experience and/or a relevant qualification. With knowledge of the effects related to the misuse of alcohol and other drugs, you are proactive in engaging young people in their recovery and in service development. You will have a sound understanding of cultural norms, practices and traditions, especially with regard to Māori and Pacific communities, and the application of the Treaty of Waitangi to the guidelines for practice.

Passionate about working with young people, you will be able to creatively engage and motivate them to work towards goals. You are willing to work alongside family/whānau and have excellent facilitation skills. You can demonstrate experience using a client-centered strengths-based approach.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting young people with alcohol and drug issues to engage with their recovery process
  • Working with Youth Practitioners to support the delivery of youth friendly, evidence-based AOD assessment and treatment services, according to the Waikato Youth AOD Model of Care
  • Identifying opportunities for further development of youth friendly and responsive services; and working with young people and service staff to implement these
  • Developing effective networks and relationships with other Waikato youth services

Youth INtact is a community-based youth alcohol and other drugs (AOD) service, established by Waikato District Health Board as part of the Waikato Youth Alcohol and Drug Project.

Delivered by Odyssey, an alcohol and drug treatment provider, Youth INtact is a new approach to service delivery for rangatahi/young people with problematic to severe alcohol and/or other drug use – offering easily accessible community based assessment and treatment services that are wraparound, holistic and culturally responsive.

Odyssey delivers its Youth INtact service for Hamilton, North and Surrounds from its central Hamilton base. Communities receiving this service are Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Morrinsville, Matamata, Ngaruawahia, Huntly, Raglan and Te Kauwhata. There will be a mixture of school clinics and community-based services, depending on the community.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter, and complete the additional information questionnaire online. For all enquiries, please contact Jared Johanson on 021929361

Closing date: Wednesday 08 December 2021

Please note that this role must be performed by a fully vaccinated worker. Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 is required before the successful candidate can commence employment in the role. Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks are also required.

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. We particularly encourage applications from Māori and Pasifika candidates.



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