Job vacancy – Chief Advisor: Social Work

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio, mā te mōhio, ka mārama, Mā te mārama, ka mātau, mā te mātau, ka ora

From listening comes knowledge, from knowledge comes understanding, From understanding comes wisdom, from wisdom comes well-being

The Social Workers Registration Board has a fantastic opportunity for a Chief Advisor, Social Work to join the team in Wellington.  To be successful in this role you will need to bring social work and leadership knowledge, expertise, and practice experience to support the SWRB’s regulatory obligations. Communicating and managing strategic relationships with the social work sector is a core part of the role.  

The Chief Advisor: Social Work will:

  • Build the social work sector’s understanding of its regulatory responsibilities and compliance obligations under statute, using proactive communication and engagement processes
  • Recognise the organisation’s Crown-Māori commitment as a Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner
  • engage actively with the sector on key policy settings (e.g. practice competencies and standards; code of conduct) and future workforce planning
  • provide expert, practice-based knowledge and advice to the Regulatory team
  • lead the engagement with educational providers on issues relating to the qualification of social workers, and monitor programme standards
  • in conjunction with the Chief Executive provide internal communications to staff, Board, and the Minister.

You will draw on your extensive networks and experience to help build strong partnerships with the social work sector that support the journey to mandatory registration and beyond.

This is an exciting and challenging role, and the SWRB is seeking someone who is committed to helping the Board to achieve its aspiration to support and encourage professionalism in social work sector through the tool of legislation.

Key requirements of the role:

  • Be a New Zealand registered social worker
  • Have a tertiary degree in social work or be a s13 registered social worker with extensive experience
  • A sound understanding of, or experience in, the New Zealand social services sector and regulatory environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and te ao Māori perspectives, as these relate to the social services sector
  • Proven senior management experience, including staff management
  • Proven track record of effective stakeholder management
  • Knowledge of the social work/Crown sector 

The recruitment of this role is being managed by JacksonStone & Partners. Please contact Simon Boyes on 04 550 8000 for further information.

To apply, please follow this link:

Applications close Friday, 20 November 2020.

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