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Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Psychologist
Industry: Special Education
Service: School & Early Childhood
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 9

New Zealand’s education system is modern and responsive.  According to the OECD 2013 Better Life index, the country is highly ranked as one of the strongest in skills of reading literacy, maths and science.

The key focus of these psychology jobs is for every child and young person to have access to learning opportunities that maximise their learning, promote social inclusion and facilitate smooth transition through to life-long learning.

Psychologists provide a range of assessment, intervention and training services, and establish effective relationships with parents, whanau/family, educators and others working in the community.  These roles are more than an assessment and report service as there is an emphasis in assessment, analysis and implementation of programmes.

Successful candidates would join multi-disciplinary teams of professionals that are passionate about achieving positive outcomes for learners with special education needs, and in particular, those with challenging behavioural needs, at both school and pre-school levels.

These jobs are ideally suited to psychologists seeking excellent career development support and who would enjoy a friendly and supportive work place environment.  The positions encourage a good work, family and professional development balance.

Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • An in-depth knowledge of human development, learning and behaviour, family and social systems, pedagogy, assessment, analysis and intervention frameworks, and planning and evaluation processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of inclusive education practices
  • The ability to work with students with complex disability needs and/or challenging behaviours
  • Knowledge of school and early childhood curriculum
  • An ability to plan and manage time effectively to meet goals and objectives
  • The ability and willingness to work cooperatively as a team member in a range of contexts
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity and commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • A current driver’s license

An advantage would be training in:

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)
  • The Incredible Years programme
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

If interested then apply in order to receive a free evaluation. You don't have to be an active job seeker to apply.
Suitably matched applicants will receive information about the role, the employer and the locations, an estimate of likely salary and relocation costs.

 Short-listed psychologists will receive guidance in making applications and interview preparation. Job alerts will then be forwarded as roles become available.

Expressions of interest are encouraged from both local and overseas psychologists.  New Zealand immigration visas would be available for qualifying overseas candidates and their families.

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Liz is an Australian forensic psychologist we placed.  This is what she has to say.

"The work and research done in New Zealand with offenders is world class and I jumped at the chance to be part of it."

As well as the interesting and challenging work, New Zealand offers a laid back lifestyle.

"The people are friendly and welcoming.

Because it is a relatively small country, it's easy to get out and explore the scenery and there are many great things to do and see."

Liz says the best part of her job is seeing offenders make tangible changes.

"Even though the change process is hard, to see people determined to live better lives makes the work we do as psychologists meaningful."

Working with offenders in New Zealand has a unique cultural dimension.

"When I first came to the specialist treatment unit, where I did group work with violent offenders I was welcomed with a full powhiri (traditional welcome).

This was one of the most amazing moments of my life and provided me with a strong sense of connection and belonging."

Liz says ongoing cultural supervision provided by her employer has helped her work with Maori people and therapeutic concepts in a sensitive and informed way.

The camaraderie and support and friendship of her colleagues have added to the richness of her role.

"My experience working in New Zealand has been great; the support and guidance provided makes it a rich environment in which you can develop and foster your skills as a psychologist."