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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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Case Study

Rob is a UK forensic psychologist we recruited. This is what he has to say:

Offender rehabilitation services in New Zealand are progressive and value their  psychologists.

"My experience of treatment, risk assessment and supervision from the UK all served me well in helping me adjust to deliver psychological services in New Zealand."

The rewards of the job are many and varied.

"An average week can find me seeing offenders in the community, offenders in the prison, supervising programme facilitators, completing parole board and court directed assessments, and contributing to national development projects."

"There's a strong professional identity for psychologists within New Zealand  justice services  and you have an opportunity to make a difference not only with offenders but other colleagues in both community and custodial settings.

The job is well supported in continuing professional development, career development and opportunity and in salary.”

And the transition - professionally and personally - has been smooth. "New Zealand is an amazing country both in terms of the people and the geography.

There are many cultural similarities to the UK so it is not a difficult country to fit into.

Technology now means that you can have face to face conversations with loved ones back home whenever you want.

One of the hardest things we face at the moment is which amazing New Zealand destination we will visit next.".

Rob's advice to others considering a similar move is: "Do it."