Speech Language Therapists
Help maximise learning and promote social inclusion for children and young people with learning support needs.
- Permanent – full-time position(s).
- Based in Lower Hutt.
Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.
Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whanau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Maori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.
About this role
As a Speech Language Therapist you will play a critical role in our region’s Learning Support team by:
- working to understand the impact of children and young people’s speech and language difficulties in the context of their home, school and community
- working closely with parents, caregivers, teachers and other specialists to help them support their children with the development of speech, language and communication skills
- working as part of a trans-disciplinary team where a child’s needs are complex.
We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated person with a current recognised qualification in speech-language therapy and recent experience in this field to join our innovative, dynamic and energetic team. We provide a friendly, supportive environment with an excellent professional network.
- The successful applicant will be able to work effectively across both school and early childhood sectors
- Responsibilities will include working with children and young people, their parents, caregivers, whanau, educators and other Learning Support personnel in delivering speech and language services
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential as is an ability to work in a culturally sensitive manner
- Practical skills in Maoritanga and/or experience in working with clients of another culture are desirable
- Skills in the area of Hanen, early intervention, working with children with complex learning/communication needs and knowledge of the early childhood and/or school curriculum are an advantage
- Experience and confidence in delivering group training to parents and educators is an essential part of the role
- Applicants must be eligible for membership to the NZSTA
- A full current driver’s licence is essential as travel is a requirement of the role
Although this position is based in Lower Hutt, at times you may be required to work across the wider Wellington region.
Overseas applicants should have their qualifications approved by New Zealand Speech-Language Therapy Association (NZSTA) in order to determine that they are suitable for working within New Zealand.
You can view the position description to find out more:
If this opportunity sounds like you, you can apply for this role using the ‘apply for this job’ button on the MoE website:
Ministry of Education website
For further information please contact Des James on 04 463 2845.
Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, 16 July 2019.