Social Worker – Maternity Leave Cover

  • Great team environment
  • A real opportunity to make a difference in ethnic community
  • Hamilton Location
  • 30hrs/ week, fixed term: July 2022– June 2023 (maternity leave cover)

Shama, Ethnic Women’s Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic, and motivated Social Worker to deliver services that are culturally appropriate to ethnic women and their families. This includes advocacy and social support to families from varied cultural backgrounds that experience family violence or other social problems.

Our social workers will perform within the social work programme at Shama, carry a caseload, act as an advocate to assist ethnic women and their families, foster their inherent capacities and strengths while coping with the pressures of daily living that incorporate changes to their lifestyles. You will need to respond to the clients’ emotional and social needs in a prompt and timely fashion.

Reporting to the Social Work Practice Manager, you will be responsible for:

  • Planning, coordinating, managing, and implementing assessments and support plans that would review resources within families or liaise with community resources that foster independent living skills.
  • Referring clients to community services as needed, to help them achieve their goals.
  • Maintaining accurate records on client database and managing data collection system.
  • Networking and maintaining good relations with other service providers and stakeholders.

The key requirements for this role are:

  • Social Work qualification
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, good judgement, and flexibility.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Has the necessary immigration status and documentation to work in New Zealand.
  • Full drivers Licence and Clean NZ Police checks.

Preference is given to those who have:

  • Registration with the Social Workers Registration Board New Zealand (SWRB NZ)
  • Experience working with ethnic communities and understands the experiences of ethnic women from a range of backgrounds living in New Zealand.
  • Experience in social service delivery to ethnic women and families
  • Knowledge and understanding of family violence and related Legislation.
  • Ability to speak more than one language.

If you feel you fulfil the above requirements and are committed to our vision “For all ethnic women in New Zealand to achieve their aspiration as Mana Wahine,to be respected and recognised for their contribution to their whanau, communities and the wider New Zealand society”, please email your covering letter and CV to

Applications close 27th May 2022 at 5 pm

For any queries, please email HR Coordinator

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