Team Lead Counselling (Mental Health and Outreach Coordinator) (129) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Team Lead, Counselling (Mental Health & Outreach Coordination) - 1 year Fixed-Term, full-time.
  • Are you seeking a working opportunity to support the development of young adults?
  • Do you thrive working in a diverse working environment?

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

We are seeking an experienced Team Lead to work within our Student Counselling service. This is a 1-year fixed term position, to provide parental leave cover. You will be part of a passionate and motivated Counselling team and will take a multidisciplinary approach to client care working closely with staff from Student Health, Student Academic Services and across the University.

Student Counselling primarily provides short-term counselling to students. We also provide wellbeing and resiliency education workshops and programmes to students and consultation services to university staff and take lead in a range of University wide preventive and health promotion initiatives.

Additionally, Tu Ora Compass Health and Victoria University of Wellington have agreed to run a youth mental health pilot (Piki) until mid-2021 to focus on integrated therapies for 18 – 25-year old’s, with Student Counselling being one provider of this.

Mōu - About you

As a Team Lead, you will lead a team of clinicians and will be responsible for all aspects of your staff management and professional leadership, as well as counselling support provided within the Halls of Residence. You will work closely with the Clinical Lead, Counselling, to ensure the Service meets Student and University needs. This includes working alongside the Clinical Lead, Counselling, in leading, planning, strategic development and management of the delivery of the Student Counselling Service responsive to the increasingly diverse Student population to assist Students to achieve their academic and personal potential. This role contains a mix of leadership responsibilities and the delivery of counselling services to students.

We are seeking a highly experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker or psychologist with experience managing a team and an interest in working with young adults and mature students in a university setting. You will have the ability to work therapeutically with people who have a wide range of emotional, social, cultural, and mental health issues. Knowledge and experience of work in the tertiary sector and within mental health services would be helpful, as would special attention with working with Maori, Pasifika and Rainbow people.

Applicants must hold a relevant applied university degree and be a full member of a professional body such as NZAC, NZAP, ANZASW, or be a registered psychologist. An ability to work cooperatively as part of a team will be essential.

This role requires safety checking through the police vetting system under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Applications close 3rd December 2020

Role description

For further information, please contact Linda Robertson, Clinical Lead Counselling, on (04) 463 5308 or email But applicants should follow all steps listed below.

Important - Application Steps and information

Download and complete the University Application Form. 

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Why you should join our team
Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university, focused on engaging with Wellington, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region and connecting with the world. The University values the expertise of its professional staff in supporting and enabling teaching, research and engagement activities.

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