The Wellington Night Shelter provides crisis and transitional accommodation for men experiencing homelessness and supports them in their journey into long-term housing. We pride ourselves on the support, care and positive impact we provide in the lives of the men who access our services and we constantly strive towards our vision – that homelessness in Wellington becomes rare, brief and non-recurring..
We are committed to the Te Mahana strategy for ending homelessness and to help us in our mission we are looking to fill some essential support work roles.
As a Senior Support Worker or Support Worker for the Wellington Night Shelter, you will welcome and provide a safe, stable environment for guests, assisting them with a range of support needs. You will focus on well-being, making sound decisions and assessing and responding to crisis or risk in a calm manner. Building appropriate, supportive, professional relationships with guests, staff and our community is essential. Senior Support Workers also take a lead on assessments and support planning.
These are broad roles and you will complete various other tasks such as: completing forms, writing shift & client notes, supporting with laundry and cleaning duties and collecting rent payments from guests.
These roles cover various shifts. We work on a fortnightly roster.
The Senior Support Worker Role is 48 hours per fortnight with three midweek daytime shifts per week.
There are two Support Worker roles available – 63 hours per fortnight and 77 hours per fortnight. These both include a mix of day, evening and weekend shifts.
About the person:
To be successful in either role you will:
• Be person centred with a genuine passion for making a difference in the lives of others
• Demonstrate empathy and be non-judgemental
• Be able to work well under pressure and make sound decisions
• Be a team player and a great communicator – confident in both verbal and written communication
• Have good numerical and computer skills.
To be considered for the Senior Support Worker position, you will also have experience of developing individual support plans, be skilled at assessing and identifying support needs and be willing to support team development and lead by example. These roles are particularly suited to people with experience of working in the social work, mental health, addiction, disability, aged care, youth work, nursing or other related sectors. A relevant qualification is desirable but not essential for this role.
Training is provided so the Support Work roles could also suit people with excellent communication, customer services and problem-solving skills, such as those developed in the hospitality sector.
The positions are permanent roles. Applicants should have NZ citizenship or residency or have a current and valid NZ work visa appropriate to the role applied for.
If this sounds like you and you want to be part of the WNS team, please send your CV and cover letter detailing which role you are interested in and how you meet the role requirements to [email protected]
Please download the job descriptions and feel free to contact Sue to discuss which role you are most suited to.
We need to recruit into these roles as soon as possible, so our first interview date is planned for the 7th March and we will add in more interview dates as needed until all roles have been filled.