Permanent, full-time. Te Au Rere a te Tonga, Palmerston North

Do you want an influential role that allows you to provide expertise to implement and improve care that leads to young people realising a better future?

We have exciting roles available for Senior Psychologists to join Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children.

About us

Our Youth Justice Residences provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where rangatahi (young people) who have offended can make changes and get their lives back on track. In addition to maintaining secure facilities, we aim to help rehabilitate young offenders.

We understand that the causes of offending are complex, and that successfully dealing with young offenders needs integrated care across multiple domains.

About the role

As a Senior Psychologist in our leadership team you will provide expertise in the application of psychological science. You will contribute to the care of our rangatahi by providing specialised assessments and treatment for the young people supported in the residence.

Your expertise in applying psychological knowledge to enhance the team's surrounding the young person will improve the effectiveness of our outcomes. You will work within our multidisciplinary environment to help young people in our care realise a positive future.

We need you to have an understanding of mental health and other legislation to provide advice and training for our helpful team to improve practices and site initiated programmes.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A Masters or Doctoral degree Psychology and Annual Practising Certificate with the Psychologists Board of New Zealand with the Clinical or General Scope of Practice (or eligibility to Register)
  • People with the general scope should have extensive experience in a forensic setting with young people
  • Continual research and up to date knowledge of rehabilitation practices
  • Knowledge of what works with offending behaviours
  • People leadership experience, specifically with implementing new practices
  • Proven relationship management experience, with the ability to influence, negotiate and persuade across group and service boundaries to achieve desired outcomes
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • An understanding of tikanga Māori, the importance of whakapapa and appreciation of cultural differences and how this should influence practice
  • An understanding of legislative and regulatory accountabilities in psychology and care treatment
  • Understanding of the impact of neuro-disability, trauma and attachment on a young person's behaviour

In return we offer a supportive team and annual remuneration between $95,242 - 142,878. We also support continuing competency programmes and flexibility in working hours and arrangements.

How to apply

Please apply by clicking the 'apply' button below, applications must be made online. Please ensure you upload your CV and covering letter as they are an important part of your application.

Internal employees, please apply through your myHR portal at work. For any assistance with your application please contact

Questions about this role can be directed to Gordon Sinclair at Oranga Tamariki's National Office Youth Justice team:

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