Do you want to do more for Kiwi kids?

If so, you may be exactly who we're looking for.

At Barnardos, we're passionate about making a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids. We have over 60 years' experience helping New Zealand tamariki and whānau be the best they can.

Our trained, experienced and passionate staff work with more than 100,000 children and families in communities across Aotearoa every year. They ensure that children receive the care, support and education they deserve — and you can too. 

We provide family support and early childhood education to Kiwi families and intensive social support to those most in need. Standing behind our frontline staff is a dedicated corporate services team — including fundraising, marketing, human resources, finance and IT.

 

Why choose Barnardos?

Because at the end of each day, you'll know you’ve made a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids up and down New Zealand. And when someone asks what your job is, you can truly say "I do more for Kiwi kids."

 

How to apply

Check out our current vacancies below. When you see one you're keen on, click Apply.

You'll need to complete and sign a Candidate Declaration form and attach it to your application.

Early learning & childcare

Assistant Centre Manager (Auckland)

Closes 10 January

As Assistant Centre Manager, you will build on your already proven pedagogical experience, strong leadership and operational management skills, to take an effective and enthusiastic teaching team to the next level.

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Become an Educator

All regions

Change a child's future

We have exceptional career opportunities for passionate individuals to join our team of in-home early learning educators enabling the potential of Kiwi kids.

If you are committed to children’s learning and development and can provide a safe, nurturing environment in your home for up to 4 children aged under 5 then we would be interested in talking to you.

Join a purpose-driven team

Barnardos is a not-for-profit organisation committed to doing more to protect, support and educate New Zealand tamariki and their whānau/families. Our education arm, Barnardos Early Learning, offers home- and centre-based early learning programmes for under 5s designed to meet the needs of our local communities. We support educators to use Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Feel supported

We encourage and support our educators to learn and succeed by providing

  • regular visits & support from qualified early childhood teachers
  • educational support and training
  • professional development
  • educational resources
  • being part of a caring, skilled team of professionals.

What it takes

To be an in-home educator, you need a

  • home and personal background that meets our robust health and safety requirements
  • desire to make every moment a teachable one
  • passion for nurturing, inspiring and delighting children in your care
  • commitment to creating lifelong learners
  • willingness to connect with parents as partners in their child's education
  • background or experience working with children.

Take action today

If you see a future as part of a supportive, caring community of teachers, educators and parents, while still having the freedom to run your own business caring and educating under 5s, take action. Do more now for the future of our nation’s children — the tamariki of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Apply below or call 0800 BARNARDOS (0800 227 627) for more information.

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Casual Early Learning Centre Teacher (South Island)

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic teachers–in–training or certified teachers to work in our community–based centres in the South Island.

We have centres in:

  • Kaikōura
  • Christchurch
  • Oamaru
  • Cromwell
  • Invercargill

Our centres are dynamic, innovative and committed to providing high–quality care for all families and children and for the wider community.

About you

  • You have a positive “can do” attitude .
  • You are qualified, or working towards a qualification and fully certificated, with a current first aid certificate.
  • You have initiative, desire and passion for quality practice standards and commitment to the principles of Te Whāriki.
  • You have excellent communication, planning and organisation skills and a desire to make a difference to children in their early years while building strong links with their whanau and families.

Why work for us?

  • An opportunity to grow your career with educational assistance and financial support to retain (or gain) your full certification.
  • Thought–provoking professional development and dedicated professional time.
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children and whanau in Aotearoa.

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity, doing more for Kiwi kids. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

In everything we do, we are guided by the core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā — our vision for working with Māori.

This is your chance to make a real and positive difference for Kiwi kids.

Download the job description (PDF 1,115 KB)

For more information, email kate.ogston-cornish@barnardos.org.nz.

Centre Manager - Early Learning Centre (Christchurch)

Closes 9 January

Te Puna Oraka in Mairehau, Christchurch is well-resourced, innovative and committed to providing high-quality care for all families and children, and the wider community. The Centre is staffed by a team of motivated, passionate and inspiring teachers.

As Centre Manager, you will build on your already proven teaching experience, strong leadership and operational management skills, to take an effective and enthusiastic teaching team to the next level.

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Cook - Early Learning Centre (Wellington)

Closes 6 January

Cooks in our Early Learning Centres are a vital part of the team – they are responsible for providing nutritious and appealing snacks and meals on a daily basis. 

At Barnardos Early Learning we encourage healthy eating habits and offer a balanced menu to keep the children well fuelled throughout the day. The children also love being involved and we use the vegetables and herbs we grow, in our meals.

This part-time position (20 hours per week, 4 hours per day within school hours) it is an ideal opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a fun-filled and busy environment.

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Educator - Early Learning (Wellington)

Closes 6 January

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will help to assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

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Regional Manager - Early Learning Centres

Closes 10 January

The Regional Manager Early Learning leads a portfolio of Early Learning Centres. The role is responsible for people management, quality standards, customer relationships, financial management, and marketing and promotional activities to meet operational business targets – all with the aim of providing great learning outcomes for tamariki.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Hamilton)

Closes 21 January

Te Totara Early Learning Centre is a nurturing and welcoming environment where quality early learning and our tamariki are at the heart of what we do. This Centre is well resourced, dynamic and committed to providing high-quality education and care for all tamariki, whanau, and the wider community.

The Centre is located within the grounds of Te Totara Primary School and is staffed by a team of motivated, passionate and inspiring teachers. The position will be 30 hours per week, commencing in February 2019.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Hornby, Chirstchurch)

Closes 14 December

Due to rapid growth in our roll, we are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic early learning Teacher. At Hornby Pasifika Early Learning Centre, we offer an inclusive learning programme that celebrates the Pasifika culture and the diverse Hornby community. The well-resourced, purpose built centre is located on the grounds of Hornby Primary School, near the Intermediate and High school, enabling continuous learning throughout school life.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Kaikoura)

Closes 2 January

Kaikoura Early Learning Centre is a safe, nurturing and welcoming environment where quality early learning and our tamariki are at the heart of what we do. This Centre is well resourced, dynamic, innovative and committed to providing high-quality care for all families and children, and the wider community. The Centre has spacious facilities, landscaped grounds and is staffed by a team of motivated, passionate and inspiring teachers.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Wellington)

Closes 6 January

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whanau to encourage children's curiosity, learning and development.  You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects the current approaches to effective teaching and learning

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Child & family services

Casual Residential Youth Workers (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Residential Youth Workers to provide casual relief support (day shifts and night shifts), which sometimes is requested at short notice at Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi, a residential treatment facility based in Christchurch, managed by Barnardos.

Shift times are:

  • 6.30am to 3pm
  • 2.00pm to 10.30pm
  • 10.30pm to 6.30am.

The facility is the only one of its kind in New Zealand, which accommodates males aged 12–16 years who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. The facility operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing treatment, education and residential care for up to 12 residents at any one time.

Working in a residential treatment environment can be challenging but it is also rewarding. The role of a casual Residential Youth Worker is to support youth to make positive changes in their lives. If you thrive on variety, a challenge and enjoy flexible working conditions, then a role like this could be ideal for you.

To be successful you will need:

  • experience and skills working with youth in a residential setting (highly desirable)
  • a formal qualification in human services (or currently studying towards one) is highly desirable
  • a current full driver’s licence (required)
  • passion for working with youth, and a belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • professional integrity
  • resilience and dedication.

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity, doing more for Kiwi kids. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

In everything we do, we are guided by the core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā — our vision for working with Māori.

This is your chance to make a real and positive difference for Kiwi kids.

If you believe you have the knowledge, skills and attitude and are prepared to work hard then we would be interested to hear from you. 

Download the job description (PDF 383KB)

For more information, email alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz.

Children's Contact Supervisor (Christchurch)

About the role

Children's Contact Supervisors provide supervision during a contact visit between a child and their visiting parent, ensuring a physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environment for the child during the contact visit.

We require casual Contact Supervisors who can go on a roster, as well as work on an ‘on call’ basis at our centres in Christchurch.

Most of our contact sessions happen on a Saturday so weekend flexibility is required. Training is provided and you will work alongside our Facilitator and Coordinator to ensure safety of all children.

Key responsibilities

  • Ensure children’s safety during the contact visit
  • Preparation of the session – review briefings, risk assessment, and set up environment for age appropriate toys and activities
  • Facilitate appropriate interaction between parent and child
  • Undertake end of session debriefing and participate in any incident reporting and investigation processes as required
  • Complete all relevant documentation for each contact visit.

Skills and Experience

This work is well suited to people who have the ability to deal positively with conflict, are mature and have life experience.

  • No pre-requisite formal qualification necessary – full training will be given
  • Previous experience of working with children (0-14 years).
  • Ability to understand the needs and respond appropriately to ensure children’s safety
  • Understanding and empathy for the children and families attending the session
  • Knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts such as child development, attachment theory, dynamics of family violence is desirable.
  • A current First Aid Certificate or a willingness to obtain one

Benefits

  • Full training provided
  • Learning and development programs
  • Flexible work opportunities
  • A wellness programme which includes flu vaccinations and discounts with Southern Cross and Spec Savers.

About Barnardos

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. We believe that through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

With your help we can do even more.

The role of Children's Contact Supervisor sits within the Barnardos Child & Family Programme Assistant job family.

For more information please contact Lizzie Whitcombe - lizzie.whitcombe@barnardos.org.nz

To apply please email your CV, cover letter and Candidate Declaration Form (available to download below) to lizzie.whitcombe@barnardos.org.nz

Please only apply if you are eligible to work in New Zealand.

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Download the Candidate Declaration Form (PDF 100KB) 

Clinical Team Leader (Christchurch)

Closes 10 February

Te Poutama Àrahi Rangatahi is looking for a Lead Clinician/Clinical Team Leader who ideally is a senior clinician, with reputable leadership experience and proficiency working within relevant legislations, policies and procedures.  You would need to be a  strong communicator, have great presentation skills and the ability to multi-task in a challenging and diverse work environment.    

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Residential Worker (Casual) - Specialist Group Home (Christchurch)

  • casual roles - rostered shift work including sleepovers
  • flexibility - variety of working hours
  • specialist group home

We are seeking suitably qualified/experienced culturally responsive youth workers to support staff on casual basis in new SGH Christchurch/Otautahi.

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Social Worker - Family Support & Family Breakdown Assessment (Palmerston North)

Closes 21 December

As a family support Social Worker you will work directly with children and families in their own environment to help develop resiliency, reinforce positive parenting, and assist children and families to access community resources. This is a split role which also includes undertaking Barnardos Family Breakdown Assessments (FBA).

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Social Worker (Dunedin)

Closes 13 January

This high variety role will develop Children's Safety programmes, undertake assessments & facilitate FTFS programmes & assess family breakdown needs.

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Social Worker (Invercargill)

Closes 13 January

This role is a combination of Social Workers in Schools and LEAP Service. SOCIAL WORKER in SCHOOLS is an early intervention social work service based within the primary and intermediate schools environment. LEAP services work to keep vulnerable children safe and to reduce the risk of maltreatment particularly when there are complex and multiple needs We are looking for a social worker with experience and interest in working with children and their families/whanau.

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Teaching Assistant (Christchurch)

We are looking for an energetic proactive person experienced providing classroom support to work with a dedicated and passionate teaching team that provides quality education to the young people resident at Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi.

Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi is a residential facility where youth are provided with therapy, education and accommodation/care as they are assisted to establish non-abusive lifestyles.

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Team Leader (Hamilton)

Closes 14 December

As a Team Leader you will work directly with the Service Manager as support the Social Workers and Child and Family  Practitioners, providing professional supervision and support to the team. The position is based in our Barnardos Hamilton office.

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