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22 Jan 2020

Casual Experiential Wellbeing Services Facilitator

CoLiberate –  Wellington City, Wellington

Job Description

Position: ​ Experiential Wellbeing Services Facilitator
Reporting to: ​ Head of Delivery and Operations team
Term of Employment:​ Casual/Flexible with a 5 week full time training commitment
Remuneration: Living Wage Accredited (plus wellbeing allowance allocated per programme)
Location:​ Wellington based with potential for travel (all travel expenses covered – must be comfortable with flying).

About CoLiberate
CoLiberate is a Wellington based social enterprise on a mission to enable the mental health capability of Aotearoa. We are working to create a world where we have healthier processes to support one another, where asking if someone is OK doesn’t have to be scary, because mental health is valued and accepted. We provide a wide range of experiential Capability Services – including our high demand Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programme that is equipping individuals and organisations to be part of this change. Our research shows that the wide reaching impact of our MHFA programme is changing lives and in some cases helping to save lives.

Since delivering our first MHFA programme in October 2017, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, demand has grown dramatically and we have become Aotearoa’s lead providers of MHFA. We have seen incredible transformation in our programmes and have worked with a range of organisations including NZTA, NZ Police, Garage Project, Flux Federation and IAG. We are ready to keep expanding our team, making it possible to see even more of these culture changing Mental Health First Aid programmes happen.
You will be joining an epic delivery team! We are currently a team of 10 and we operate a strong check-in culture where every member of our team is encouraged and supported to bring their whole selves to work. Every member of the team has their own Wellness Action Plan which we will guide you through creating too!

Read about our story so far here:

The Role:
Facilitating experiential learning role.

Role purpose:
In this role, your main focus will be to share the teaching of the 2 Day MHFA programme, hosting sensitive conversations that people may not have previously had access to throughout their life, alongside your co-facilitator.
The Co-facilitation approach to leading these sessions allows our facilitators to work as a team to ensure participants have the support they need through the sensitive subject matter that can accompany topics of mental illness and mental health crisis.
When leading a MHFA programme you’ll be connecting with participants and coaching them to become confident to notice when someone in their life is struggling, and to have mental health first aid conversations to connect people to support.
You’ll play an active role in responding to the emotional needs of each individual, and will be inspiring people to shift into a stigma-free positive mindset towards mental health. Every course will have its own specific challenges which will demand you to be self-aware, and able to listen, sense, respond and adapt your approach. We regularly run courses from different locations around Wellington & Aotearoa so flexibility & adaptability is a must have!
Experience in Facilitation / Teaching / Coaching is an advantage but not essential as full training will be provided – including your initial mental health first aid certificate on February 20/21st.

We are a fast growing company interested in the growth of our people, so this role may lead to future training to step into the facilitation of some of our other experiential learning offerings.

Key relationships:
● Head of Delivery and Operations team
● Our team of CoLiberate facilitators / Your Co-Facilitator (s)
● General public​
● Relevant members of the businesses / organisations attending inhouse courses
● The Managing Directors of CoLiberate and all other members of this growing organisation.

Key Responsibilities:
Facilitation of half of the content of the CoLiberate MHFA course and support of your co-facilitator and participants in the remaining half of the course, (15 contact hours).
You’ll be encouraging participants to workshop their first aid response, using skills based coaching during role play practices and discussions, and providing specific, personal feedback. So that our participants leave feeling competent, confident and activated to go out into the world and use the skills they have been practicing.
You will create a human safety net for participants that experience tough emotions that may accompany topics covered in the course. This means establishing a kind, open rapport right from the get go and keeping your eyes on the room so that you are readily accessible to anyone that feels the need to step out and / or check in.
You’ll be available to provide mental health first aid to course participants as required throughout the training.
As Aotearoa’s lead providers of MHFA we will need you to maintain a high level of quality in your delivery of the course. After the training period we will pay an allocated amount of study time per programme, it will be your responsibility to carry out that study or to ask for more support or time when you feel it is needed.
Logistical tasks around the edges – preparing afternoon tea, assisting people in finding the course venue, getting to and from the venue, set up and pack down of the room etc.
Logistical tasks are supported by our operations team but as every course is different you will need to be willing to problem solve and adapt.
Embodying and upholding the core values on which CoLiberate stands.
Advocating for a positive culture shift and helping eliminate stigma and discrimination around mental health.
Attending ongoing training sessions with our wider facilitation team.
Available a minimum of two weeks per month to facilitate courses.
We also like to have fun and be a little bit playful and creative from time to time so be prepared – this is not your regular teaching job!

The qualities we would love to see in you:

Adaptive, flexible and ability to grow with the role.
Open, compassionate, warm and comfortable with a diverse range of people holding diverse experiences.
Open to various ways of communicating, conscious listening.
Passionate about a positive approach to mental health and interest in the current mental health landscape of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Comfortable to hold space for a wide spectrum of emotions.
Confidence in presenting and organising information / Teaching skills.
The ability to lean into uncomfortable or difficult conversations.
A love of people and teamwork.
An eager understanding of working with different cultures and an ability to connect and communicate effectively with people of different backgrounds.
An openness to learning new content and stepping into the facilitation of some of our other experiential learning offerings in future.

Helpful Qualifications, Experience and Skills

Demonstrated skills in presenting, teaching, performing, or public speaking
Experience in facilitating group work
A full driving licence


In a week in which you deliver a 15 hour (2 day) programme, we pay a 40 hour week to allow for preparation, briefing, debriefing, self-care time. Although the programme itself is two days we need your time commitment for the whole week to these other important parts of the role on programme weeks. We may also invite you to work hours on non-programme weeks by negotiation. We endeavour to offer our facilitators their ideal number of programmes per month based on their availability and capacity.
You will be paid the Living Wage rate of $21.15 p/hour. This is also the rate for training

This pay matches the pay scale across the whole organisation. This is a company understanding and investment into the growth of the social impact instead of the growth of our own pockets. You will be a key person at ensuring 120,000 MHFA conversations happen next year. This will enable more people to confidently reach in to help someone who is struggling to get the support needed.

Job Expired January 29, 2020

Job Categories: Training/Vocational. Job Types: Casual. Salaries: On application.

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