Vacancy – Social Work Practice Lead

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Social Worker to lead and ensure best practices in Shama’s social services delivery.

Position Type: Permanent, Full-Time (37.5 hours per week) – National Role 

Salary: Aligned with the social workers pay scale (25 hours category 4, 12.5 hours category 1 & 2)

Reporting To: Operations Manager 


  • To provide line management for appropriate, culturally responsive pathways for ethnic clients needing social work support. This requires case management and referral, strategic relationship building, understanding and development of appropriate pathways, strong documentation and analysis of gaps, and a strong ability to articulate the vision of improved practice for ethnic clients.
  • To work with the  Management team and other relevant staff to ensure adequate funding is applied for, to meet the needs of the Shama social work service
  • To maintain accurate records on client databases and manage data collection systems.
  • To network and maintain good relations with other service providers and stakeholders. 

Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Has a social work qualification recognised by the Social Worker Registration Board New Zealand.
  • Is registered with the Social Workers Registration Board New Zealand (SWRB NZ).
  • Has experience in social service delivery with ethnic communities.
  • Has experience in Aotearoa New Zealand, particularly with survivors of sexual and family violence.
  • Understands the experience of ethnic people from a range of backgrounds living in New Zealand.
  • Has a strong commitment to women’s empowerment.
  • Is familiar with key government strategies such as Te Aorerekura, Family Violence and Sexual Violence Capability Frameworks, and Immigration Policy etc.
  • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with diverse teams and has excellent networking abilities.
  • Has the capability to advocate on behalf of ethnic communities.
  • Is self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, sound judgement, and flexibility
  • Understands and values cultural differences.
  • Is able to lead programme planning and programme implementation.
  • Is able to prioritise competing demands so that deadlines are met.
  • Has well-developed skills in programme development, facilitation and negotiation.
  • Has computer skills, including word processing, presentation and spreadsheet packages.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Has the necessary immigration status and documentation to work in New Zealand
  • Full driver’s Licence and Clean NZ Police checks.
  • Proficiency in one or two ethnic languages is advantageous.

To Apply: 

If you feel you fulfil the above requirements, please email your cover letter and CV to A detailed job description for this role is available upon request. For any queries, please call (07) 843 3811. 

Application deadline: Applications close on May 15th.

*Ethnic communities include migrants, former refugees, long-term settlers, and multi-generational New Zealanders who identify as African, Asian, Continental European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern. 

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