Team Leader – Children & Youth

Deaf Aotearoa is looking for a Team Leader to join our Children & Youth team. The Children & Youth service is a nationwide service that 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   
  • activities to develop 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 

  • Lead a team of facilitators in conjunction with another team leader to manage the day-to-day operations of the Children & Youth services 
  • Assist with the development of the Children & Youth service 
  • Engage with the local Deaf community and provide support/information 
  • Deliver services with due care to the fundamental principles of being person centred; care and protection; privacy; empowerment and non-dependence 
  • 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 

  • Tertiary qualification (or significant experience) in management or a role related discipline  
  • Relationship building skills and communication skills  
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills 
  • Ongoing commitment to Deaf Aotearoa’s Vision and Mission 
  • Fluent in New Zealand Sign Language 
  • A high level of attention to detail 
  • Preferred experience in working with the Deaf Community 
  • Experience in the not-for-profit/community sector  
  • Experience in using variety of IT systems and applications, proficient in using Microsoft Office independently   
  • Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi principles and Pacific values 

Applications for this position close 1st September 

This is a full time, permanent position. This role can be based in any of our Deaf Aotearoa offices 

For more information, please contact Anna Foord at 

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