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Regional Coordinator/Trainer/Representative – Upper South Island Position

This 17 hr week role works with care families in co-ordinating the implementation of support and delivery of the National Caregiver Training Programme. You will provide a link between Fostering Kids and various agencies, community groups, carer groups and individuals. The region covers the top half of the South Island.


17 hrs per week           

Fostering Kids is the voice of Fostering families in New Zealand.  We recognise the importance of working together toward positive outcomes for children in care. Fostering Kids is the only national organization contracted to provide support services to all those caring for children not biologically their own.  This includes: Transitional, Grandparents raising grandchildren, Whanau/Kin carers and those providing a Home for Life.

This role works with care families in co-ordinating the implementation of support and delivery of the National Caregiver Training Programme.  You will provide a link between Fostering Kids and various agencies, community groups, carer groups and individuals.  The region covers the top half of the South Island; Greymouth area across to Kaikoura and up to Picton.

The position will be based within in a Nelson community shared building in a rented office space.  You will need the self-drive to organise your weekly activities in conjunction with the national schedule, your key performance indicators, and regional tasks while planning with your Support Manager.  You will be the regional representative of Fostering Kids New Zealand for the Upper South region.  You will be part of the national team.

You will report to the national Support Manager based in the National Office, Lower Hutt.

Your own vehicle and current drivers licence is required with reimbursement as per Fostering Kids’ Travel Policy. Fostering Kids has currently 7 regions and travel will be required to cover this region.  This role will include a number of overnight stays within your region, attending face to face national team meetings and national conference. This is part of the role cannot be negotiated.

The person able to work this dual capacity role will have an informed, yet flexible approach to their work.  The dual capacity role will have key duties and responsibilities in Foster Care Support and Training
The key knowledge, skills and competencies related to this role include:

  • An understanding of social work and working knowledge of foster care practice and procedures
  • Some knowledge and understanding of the legislation and policies pertaining to whanau/foster care, e.g. Child, Young Persons & Their Families Act 1989 and the Care of Children Act 2004
  • Experienced, competent trainer, with expert knowledge about adult education principles
  • Excellent interpersonal, mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Computer literate and confident user of word processing programmes
  • Ability to work in cross-cultural situations
  • Ability to contribute to team projects and Fostering Kids New Zealand’s goals

Please note the successful shortlisted candidates will:

  • Need to be available on Friday 12 June 2015, in Nelson for an interview
  • Be expected to present a 15 minute presentation.  10 minutes will be based on training session (to be emailed to you if you are shortlisted for an interview) and 5 minutes will be how you see yourself in this role and what you would bring to this role.

For a job description phone Janine Stewart on 04 282 0767.  Please send applications by 4pm Wednesday 3 June 2015 to:

Fostering Kids NZ, PO Box 30 188, Lower Hutt 5040 or email ea.admin@fosteringkids.org.nz

Article type: Job Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Name: Janine Stewart
Contact Phone: 04 282 0767
Contact Email: ea.admin@fosteringkids.org.nz