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11 Jun 2021

Part-Time Kaiarahi (Young Adult Development Worker)

The Salvation Army – Te Kāpehu Whetū –  Auckland

Job Description

TE KĀPEHU WHETŪ – Rangatahi Supported Living Experience
Community Ministries, Royal Oak

Use your heart, skills and experience to directly support young adults (rangatahi) navigating their way to independence in a challenging and dynamic youth development programme (office based in Mt Roskill, flats based in Mt Roskill and Te Atatū)

Join a small, flexible and supportive team who value a whanau feel at work, your whanau at home and your career momentum

Play a key role in the future navigation and development of the programme itself.
30 flexible hours per week (permanent, part-time role).


The Salvation Army has been transforming lives since 1865. We work in over 130 countries, coordinated by our International Headquarters in London and we are a registered charity under the Charities Act 2005. The Army has over 2,000 officers and employees in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and is recognised as a high value employer. The mission of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is: Caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people.

The Salvation Army is committed to cultural diversity, and in New Zealand, our Tiriti partnership.

The Salvation Army is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people, including children, and upholding their rights to protection from abuse and/or neglect.


Te Kāpehu Whetū is a programme designed to offer a positive living or flatting environment with both internal support from kaitiaki (volunteer supportive flatmates) and external support by kaiarahi.
Young adults aged 16-21 who are transitioning out of the ‘care system’ are referred by Oranga Tamariki (under-18 years) or community transition workers (18 years and over). Rangatahi can then choose to apply to flat and those accepted move into a house where both their peers and kaitiaki reside. Kaitiaki receive the same board package as rangatahi and are responsible for upholding the kaupapa of the programme, which includes building a positive flat culture and prioritizing informal learning opportunities.
As a kaiarahi you would provide more formal support outside of the flat to encourage a smoother transition to independence, in whatever shape of form this may take for our rangatahi.


As Kaiarahi you are required to walk alongside approximately five rangatahi (likely males) as they adjust to flatting life and independence. Our young adults come with different experiences of the care-system and the kaiarahi (with support from kaitiaki and colleagues) assess both strengths and areas for development and mould their role around and through these. It is expected that you will work to maximise a young adult’s strengths and use a positive youth development approach to address their ‘needs.’ The difference between Te Kāpehu Whetū and many other young adult development roles is that you have easy access to rangatahi within their own accommodation, while also being able to influence and support the kaitiaki living with them. Connecting with their culture, identity and whanau, focussing on restoration where safe and positive to do so is also a component of the role.


-Capacity to build positive relationships with young adults, actively listen and then practice based on maximising strengths and addressing needs of individual and flat collective
-Working with a sound knowledge of the positive youth development framework, and willing to practically apply models or assessment tools such as Te Whare Tapa Wha, Circle of Courage and HEEADSSS (Home, Education, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Suicide and Depression, Sexuality and Safety Assessment)
-Assessing and managing risks for wellbeing of all flatmates and staff and be adept at supporting problem-solving, conflict resolution, negotiating and de-escalation with a view to restorative outcomes
-Willing to foster relationships with kaitiaki as well as with internal and external stakeholders particularly Transition to Adulthood Workers (TTAs) and Oranga Tamariki Social Workers
-Participating in Family Group Conferences (FGCs) and other hui as required (including any flat hui)
-Keeping up-to-date weekly records and a growth plan for young adults on Te Kāpehu Whetū using The Salvation Army’s internal records system


-A heart, desire and passion to ‘care about’ vulnerable young adults
-Creativity, patience, willingness to learn, the ability to problem solve with, and advocate for, young adults aged 16 and over
-Level 4 qualification (Diploma or higher) in relevant field
-Comfortable engaging with whanau who may have had negative experiences working with community and government organisations
-Adept at navigating and building external relationships with professionals from Oranga Tamariki and other community organisations in the ‘transitions’ space
-Seek to embrace diversity, different cultural backgrounds and enhance the mana of our young adults and wider team
-Own your place in a small team and add value to the wider Te Kāpehu Whetū whanau of rangatahi, kaitiaki and staff
-Flexibility to work (agreed) variable hours to meet needs of young adults and programme
-Enthusiasm to upskill and engage in training designed to assist your practice and ensure the safety and wellbeing of our rangatahi

The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church and human service provider. It is committed to caring for people, transforming lives and reforming society – all through the love of God shown in Jesus. The successful applicant should therefore show an ability to identify with the mission and values of The Salvation Army.

How to Apply

For more information about this role please contact Matt Evans on 021 075 7575 or by email [email protected]


To apply please send your cover letter, CV (including referee details) and completed application form to: [email protected]

Application form can be downloaded from:

Applicants for this position will need to have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa. All employment offers are subject to the completion of a satisfactory Ministry of Justice clearance/police check (where applicable).

Job Category: Children, Youth and Family Services. Job Type: Part-Time. Job Salary: 40,000 - 60,000.
Closes June 24, 2021

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