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Lead Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Lead Psychologist
Industry: Justice
Service: Community Safety & Offender Rehabilitation
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 8

These psychology jobs are suited to those with proven management and leadership skills within forensic psychology services.

Duties include recruitment, performance management, staff development, clinical leadership, reporting, financial management, and ensuring service delivery meets contractual as well as health and safety obligations.  Some roles may have a small component of direct service delivery such as completing clinical and risk assessments.

The successful candidate will be motivated by the desire to make a difference and will be able to commit to the vision and values of our clients, particularly around strategies for building safer communities and developing effective culturally appropriate rehabilitation programmes.  

These positions will provide the opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience: in building capacity through strategic development and innovation; of developing and managing relationships through engaging stakeholders; competently communicating directions.

The jobs favour applicants with the intellectual and personal capacities of: conceptual thinking; influencing others; being outcome focused; resilience. 

 Ideal candidates will:

  • have a post graduate qualification in clinical or forensic psychology along with familiarity with the 'risk, need and responsivity model' and the 'what works literature'.
  • be competent in risk and clinical assessments of high risk offenders and have excellent English writing skills, including forensic report writing.
  • be able to demonstrate effective management, clinical leadership and supervisory skills.
  • possess an understanding (or willingness to develop) of transcultural psychology and have the ability to engage with Maori and Pasifica cultures.
  • have good time management and problem solving skills, along with the ability to make sound decisions.
  • be an effective communicator with strong relationship management skills.
  • be prepared to consent to criminal conviction and substance misuse background checks.

If interested then apply in order to be evaluated. You don't have to be an active job seeker to apply. Feedback will be provided.  

Suitably matched applicants will receive information about the employers, the locations, and an estimate of likely salary and details of any relocation assistance.

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."