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Occupational Therapist

West Coast
Full time
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

Help shape the future of education in New Zealand

Help shape the future of Education


He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes


At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.


We shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.


We are making significant changes to how we deliver our purpose.


So that we:


  • Take practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Give priority to regional and local voice.
  • Deliver greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improve feedback loops and information flows.


Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around Aotearoa, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for our ākonga in our education system.


Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role


Permanent Part Time 0.4 FTE


Located in West Coast – Greymouth Office


This is a key role where you'll be working with a transdisciplinary team around a student, including educators, parents, caregivers and whānau, helping them meet their educational goals through guidance and intervention plans.


You'll need to be highly motivated, committed to, and experienced in providing services and therapies for children and young people with moderate to severe disabilities.


The role involves:

  • providing support and guidance to schools, teachers, and families to improve outcomes for children with additional learning needs
  • designing specialist intervention plans individual (or group) for children and young people
  • assessing, collaboratively planning, supporting, and monitoring the implementation of plans
  • facilitating access to wider services and support, in response to individual need, for example speech and language therapy and local agencies.
  • effective interventions as part of a transdisciplinary team.


Salary range: $67,928 - $107,000 per annum + 3% kiwi saver. Pro rata as this is a part time role. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.


For more details about the role, you can view the Job Description here.


We also offer:


  • Flexible working arrangements where everyone feels valued & supported.
  • The ability to purchase extra days leave.
  • A range of employee network groups.
  • An inclusive environment that encourages your personal cultural competency journey.
  • Development and learning, including mentorship programmes and internal secondments.
  • Wellness initiatives to support your overall health and wellbeing.


Mōhou ake | About you


If you are an Occupational Therapist (OT) practitioner and ready for new challenges this could be your next career step.  We can offer a friendly and supportive workplace environment, for an enthusiastic, versatile, and highly motivated OT.


The successful candidate will have:


  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent qualification
  • You must be registered as an Occupational Therapist under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act to apply for this position.
  • A current full driver's licence as travel is a requirement of this role.


Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team


Our team provides leadership and delivers education services for local communities. This includes services for schools and early learning services.


We develop and harness existing relationships with communities at the regional and local level through the Directors of Education and Pou Ārahi, including relationships with iwi and hapū. Our Directors of Education have the lead role and relationship with early learning, kōhanga, school and kura, and this means they will be across all the services we provide at a local level.


We also collectively strengthen relationships with our diverse communities who support Māori, Pacific peoples, ākonga with learning support needs, and ākonga from disadvantaged backgrounds.


We hold day-to-day regulatory functions, for example early learning licensing and we have support from the regulatory roles located in other groups in Te Tāhuhu including the national regulatory roles in Te Pae Aronui | Operations & Integration and the regulatory stewardship in Te Pou Kaupapahere | Policy.


Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?


If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply' button. In your cover letter we’d like to know about you, your values, or anything else you’d like to share. We’re keen to understand your motivations, strengths, transferable skills, and the diverse perspectives you will bring to the role.


For further information, please contact Jo Dowell at 027 836 2391 or


Applications close Midnight – Sunday 26 November 2023


We want our people to feel valued for their unique qualities and have a sense of belonging. If you require assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process, please let us know.


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