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Youth Support Worker – York Street (Wake-over)

Job posted: 07/07/2021
Job closes: 21/07/2021

Company/Organisation Name:

Emerge Aotearoa

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About the Company/Organisation

The Emerge Aotearoa Group provides a wide range of well-being and social services across Aotearoa, including mental health, addiction, employment, disability, peer, social housing and well-being support. We deliver these services across four entities – Emerge Aotearoa Limited, Mind and Body Consultants Limited, Ignite Aotearoa Limited and Emerge Aotearoa Housing Trust.

We believe that everyone can live full and rich lives when they have access to the right support and opportunities. In every aspect of our mahi we are committed to supporting whānau to be the best they can be.

We’re a team of roughly 1,200 people from all backgrounds and we’re continuing to grow.

Why you will enjoy working with us

We are a national organisation with opportunities for you to grow and develop.

We live by our values – which means you can take pride in not just what we achieve, but HOW we achieve it.

You can draw a clear line from what you do each day to the meaningful outcomes we achieve in our communities.

We advocate for your wellbeing! With three days of wellbeing leave on offer, and a new flexible working policy, you can proactively manage your health and wellbeing.

We’re committed to diversity and inclusion. So you don’t have to worry about putting on a fake work persona. Come as you are, and just be YOU!

How to Apply

To apply for this role please visit our careers site and register your details – This role will be advertised until filled.

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for you to be a part of starting and building a new youth service, in a new facility, working alongside a new service manager. Located in Hastings, in the sunny Hawke's Bay, this is a three-bed residential facility in a spacious modern property for young women between the ages of thirteen to eighteen who have mental health diagnoses and challenging behaviours. As one of our Youth Support Workers you'll have a vital role to play as the Wake - Over Night Support. You'll provide care and support to the young people in our residences, after dark, and encourage and motivate them alongside the day shift staff to make good choices. This is a genuine opportunity to positively influence young people with the rest of the team, help them grow and successfully transition back into the community. You will need to be culturally aware and responsive to Maori and Pasifika. This is not an ordinary 9 to 5 job. Our young people will require wrap around support from us, including after dark, after hours wake over support to ensure they stay safe, and this is where your skills as the Wake Over Support Worker will kick in. This means you'll be coaching young people through various life necessities, participating in their evening and night routines, and other pursuits. You'll be working as a key team member alongside Clinical, Residential, Educational and Administrative partners who are all committed and working hard for our young people. You will receive robust and exhaustive hand overs from the Afternoon shift and in turn provide equally robust hand overs to the arriving morning support workers at the end of your shift. You will also receive regular supervision and debriefing with your service manager, in groups and as an individual. You will be trained by us in several key skills, including MAPA [Management of Aggression and Potential Aggression], De-Escalation, Sensory Modulation, First Aide, and Fire Safety. This is a 24/7 service and shifts are 11:00pm - 7:00am. About you You'll have life experience, patience, empathy and wisdom to share with the ability to do so in a way that engages youth. You'll be the type of person that can instantly build rapport with young people who have experienced trauma and you can redirect unhelpful behaviour. Additionally, you'll have plenty of resilience and you don't take things personally. Your initiative and proactive approach will be highly valued in your day-to-day work. You'll also need the flexibility to work varying shifts (mornings, evenings, weekends and public holidays included). You'll also need the following:
  • A full, clean, valid driver's licence
  • Either have or be willing to complete a level 4 Qualification in Youth Work
  • Sound judgement with the skills to manage risk and make tough decisions
  • Meet the Children's Act safety checking and our vetting requirements
  • New Zealand citizenship or residency
Additionally, an understanding and confidence in tikanga Māori and te reo Māori would be advantageous.

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