Facilitator – Children & Youth

Deaf Aotearoa is looking for Facilitators to join our Children & Youth team. The Children & Youth service is a nationwide service that understands and responds to the needs of Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and youth their family and whanau. This includes our First Signs service which offers a nationwide family centred service for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children aged 0-5, supporting families and whānau with:  

  • learning NZSL  
  • language development  
  • learning about being Deaf/hard-of-hearing in Aotearoa  
  • connecting with other families and Deaf role models  

and Deaf Aotearoa’s Youth service which develops the potential of Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth as individuals and as a group, by providing:  

  • a transition programme to guide young people into work or study  
  • Resources to help support the development of strong Deaf identities and leadership skills   

Our services are delivered in the home, face to face or online. 

Deaf Aotearoa provides a workplace which values diversity, and where both New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and English are used. We have a diverse workforce spread across the country. 

We are an equal opportunities employer and we have Deaf-friendly work practices in place. We employ Deaf and hearing people at all levels and NZSL interpreters are provided for all meetings and training courses. 

We encourage and support professional development and offer flexible, family-friendly work practices. 

We are strongly committed to following organisation standards that ensure we provide quality systems, work practices and services. We perform service audits and review our policies regularly. 

About the role 

  • Support Deaf children and their families’ to develop NZSL  
  • Engage with deaf children, youth and their families and provide support/information 
  • Engage with the local Deaf community, and provide support/information.  
  • Develop Service Plans with service users which identify personal goals, strengths and support systems  
  • Carry an active caseload as directed by the Team Leader, and ensure all new referrals are managed through the correct process 
  • Deliver services with due care to the fundamental principles of being person centred; care and protection; privacy; empowerment and non-dependence 
  • Networking with other service providers 
  • Keep the Deaf community up to date through the distribution of written/video updates 
  • Work as an effective team member, ensuring that Deaf & hearing people who engage with Deaf Aotearoa receive a positive experience 
  • Promote the work and interests of Deaf Aotearoa 

Skills and experience 

  • Deaf Studies certificate or equivalent qualification, or a willingness to complete   
  • Experience/knowledge of Deafhood and language development 
  • Relationship building skills  
  • Experience working with children and families  
  • Experience teaching NZSL   
  • Fluent in New Zealand Sign Language 
  • Experience in using variety of IT systems and applications proficient in using Microsoft Office independently   
  • Ongoing commitment to Deaf Aotearoa’s Vision and Mission  
  • Bilingual – New Zealand Sign Language/English  
  • Preferred experience in working with the Deaf Community 
  • Engaging and networking with the Deaf community and other external services/organisations 
  • Ongoing commitment to Deaf Aotearoa’s Vision and Mission 
  • Experience in the not-for-profit/community sector  
  • Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi principles and Pacific values 

Able to legally drive in New Zealand and have access to a reliable vehicle for use to visit service users or attend meetings/events Applications for this position close 1st September 2022.  

There are 5 full permanent positions to be located throughout New Zealand, with a particular need in Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. 

For more information, please contact Anna Foord at anna.foord@deaf.org.nz 

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