Psychologist / Special Education Adviser

Posted on 26-Jan-2018
Application Close Date: 22-Feb-2018
Job Details
Special Education
Position Type:
Full Time
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Psychologist/Special Education Adviser/Behaviour Specialist

Full Time, Permanent based in Tai Tokerau - 2 positions


Live and work in beautiful Northland (Tai Tokerau).  Soak up the lifestyle in a sub-tropical climate, close to beautiful beaches and great fishing. Enjoy a lower cost of living and escape the rat race.

Come and make a positive difference to the lives of our youngest tamariki and their family and whānau. 


The Ministry of Education provides behaviour services to pre-school and school-age children through our Earlier Intervention Services and Behaviour Services and Support. We are now recruiting specialists to help us expand those services to support more children each year.


The role of a specialist includes:

  • Working with a team around the child, including educators, parents, caregivers and whānau, to enhance understanding about the child and their behaviours, and to collaboratively develop, implement and monitor an effective personalised learning plan.
  • Help the adult network around the child to make changes to the learning environment so that their behaviour can be more effectively managed and the situation can be stabilised/made safer.  This includes supporting the child to develop more pro-social ways of responding, and improve their participation, wellbeing and learning outcomes.
  • Facilitating access to wider services and support, in response to individual need, for example speech and language therapy and local agencies.


You will need:

  • An ability and willingness to work in collaborative partnership with other professionals, agencies, families and the sector
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including an ability to sustain productive professional relationships
  • A genuine commitment to evidence based interventions which demonstrate inclusive education practice and contribute to raising student achievement
  • Psychologists: New Zealand Psychologist Board registration and a current Practicing Certificate
  • Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity and a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Experience providing a wraparound support plan and collaboration with other agencies will be an advantage


A current driver's licence is essential and experience in the NZ education system would be an advantage.


If you have the skills and passion to deliver in these rewarding roles then please click on the ‘Apply Online' button or go to the Careers at the Ministry of Education link at our website: for job descriptions and to submit an application.  Or for further information please contact Janet MacInnes 09 436 8927.


Applications close on 22 February 2018.