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Coordinator Youth Justice - Alexandra

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Date: 11-Feb-2019

Location: Otago, NZ

Company: Ministry of Social Development

Youth Justice Coordinator – Alexandra (permanent, full time)

Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children


At Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children, we want to ensure that all tamariki are in loving whānau and communities where oranga tamariki can be realised.


Our focus is on children and young people who are at significant risk of harm now and into the future as a consequence of their family environment, their own complex needs or who have offended or may offend in the future.


We are now looking for a Youth Justice Coordinator to join us in Alexandra to support our team located across South Canterbury/Central Otago.


The Youth Justice team work in partnership with young offenders and their families, iwi, courts, Police Youth Aid, youth workers, youth community organisations and schools to find the right local solutions to reduce the rate and severity of youth re-offending. 


The Youth Justice Coordinator works with families and the wider community to hold the young person accountable and to address the factors which have led them to offend. The Youth Justice Coordinator will incorporate a restorative justice approach within their practice. They utilise the combined knowledge of community resources, networks and opportunities to create an alternative offending free future for the young person.    


Our Youth Justice Coordinators are also responsible for managing Family Group Conferences (FGCs) in terms of the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989. 


As a Youth Justice Coordinator, you will bring excellent group facilitation and mediation skills, along with experience in the youth justice/social services sector and sound knowledge of youth law and/or practice. The right candidate will bring an interest in improving the community and through their networking and excellent communication skills they will have the capability to implement change successfully.


To be successful in this role, you will have:


  • Skilled networking and community relationship building.
  • Energy and motivation with the ability to work flexible hours.
  • The ability to work in culturally appropriate ways with children, young people and their families.
  • A full driver licence.

We can offer you:


  • A salary between $62,870 - $80,124.
  • A challenging and rewarding career.
  • On-going training and regular supervision.
  • Colleagues who are committed to the highest standards of strengths-based social work.


How to apply: 


Internal Oranga Tamariki employees – please apply through your myHR portal at work.  This will ensure that your myHR employee profile is visible as internal candidate.  Please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. 


All other candidates including MSD employees - Please apply through the apply button and upload your CV and cover letter to our applicant tracking system. Please note all applications must be made online.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact Garry Linton, Youth Justice Manager on 03 956 4464 or 029 200 7965.   


Applications close:  Tuesday 26 February 2019




Position Description - YJ Coordinator

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