Job Vacancy: Refuge Advocate | Shine | Working with Women and Children

  • Auckland central location
  • Full time, permanent
  • Applications close 15 January

Shine provides a range of effective, practical and innovative services to achieve our mission of stopping domestic abuse in New Zealand. We help thousands of adults and children victims every year directly and indirectly through our frontline services and professional training programmes.

We are looking for a social services practitioner with specialist family violence knowledge and experience working in refuge to be based primarily at our Women’s Refuge in Auckland city, to promote the safety of domestic abuse victims through:

  • Supporting victims of domestic violence, who are primarily women and children, to make their own decisions about how best to achieve short and long-term safety for themselves (and their children)
  • Triaging referrals and providing an intensive crisis response to families identified as high risk
  • Delivery of MOJ programmes to adult victims of domestic abuse who are applicants to a Protection Order.

Using a multi-skilled and community-connected approach this role will see you coordinate the day to day functioning of the Refuge; provide resources and information to women and children; carry out risk assessments and plan safety strategies; make referrals to Oranga Tamariki and other organisations; and deliver our Adult Safety Programme for women.

This isn't your everyday job, so you will need to have:

  • A relevant degree level qualification (social work, counselling, women’s studies, psychology)
  • An understanding of the causes and dynamics of domestic abuse with clear gender analysis
  • Working understanding of statutory requirements of Oranga Tamariki and the New Zealand Police
  • Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with family-focused agencies
  • Excellent time-management skills with the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Commitment to developing and maintaining networks in the community
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in practice
  • Knowledge of legal and social systems and community resources and how to use them
  • Skills with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel and a willingness to develop experience in other applications.

Clean drivers licence and reliable vehicle required.  So, if you have the skills and experience to provide a high-quality service to those affected by domestic abuse, apply now, or contact us for more information.

The role is for 40 hours per week rostered between 7am and 7pm by negotiation.

Contact Natalie Holden on for more information.
Applications close 15 January  2018