Career Development Association of New Zealand


Vocational Consultant, Kaleidoscope, NZ Spinal Trust. Auckland. Closes 30 August

Vocational Consultant, Kaleidoscope, NZ Spinal Trust. Auckland. Closes 30 August

The Organisation 

The New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST) has been supporting people with spinal cord impairments (sustained through injury or illness) across Aotearoa for more than 25 years. In particular over the past 15 years, the Trust has had a big impact on the proportion of people with spinal cord impairment (SCI) who feel confident to return to work and other daily activities they enjoy.

In conjunction with the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit (ASRU), one of the key services is vocational rehabilitation support, which delivers early intervention vocational rehabilitation for people who have SCI. We also deliver specialist SCI vocational rehabilitation to clients in the wider community.

The NZST promotes independent living as the ultimate goal of spinal rehabilitation, and returning to work is a primary part of this.

The Role
We are recruiting a full-time Vocational Consultant wishing to have a front line role by joining our team and assisting with our patients/clients who have a spinal cord impairment, whether the impairment is caused by accident or illness. The role is based at the ASRU site at 30 Bairds Road, Papatoetoe.

The Kaleidoscope vocational rehabilitation programme also operates at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch (head office) as well as providing support to other regions throughout New Zealand. 

We’ve distilled a series of distinctions that we feel describe the programme’s philosophy:

— Everyone can have a great job
— It’s healthy to be working
— The sooner the better
— Personal networks are the key
— You can do it yourself – whatever it takes!
— Your life experience gives you unique qualifications

During the orientation period and at various times throughout the year you may be required to attend sessions in Christchurch for periods of up to two days. 

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with ASRU patients whilst in hospital and after discharge to facilitate either a return to former employment or to design and implement an alternative return to work path
  • Work alongside people with SCI in the wider community to reinvigorate their work plans and to support their subsequent return to work
  • Develop, promote and actively implement the programme’s philosophies
  • Maintain a full database of all clients involved in the programme
  • Regular contact with key hospital staff, ACC and MSD stakeholders and employers
  • Maintaining operational systems
  • Remain informed on local job market trends and job preparation skills
  • Demonstrate constant innovation to achieve results for our clients
  • Assist the NZST marketing manager to share the program’s successes.

 Essential Criteria:

  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised and show initiative
  • Exceptional communication & relationship building ability
  • Passionate about creating and delivering new possibilities
  • Ability to think outside the square and be innovative
  • Knowledge of career practice and NZ job market
  • Intermediate level of computer literacy

 Professional Attributes:

  • Has strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Is flexible and adaptable with a "can do" attitude
  • Is self-motivated
  • Shows enthusiasm and empathy

 If you have the necessary skills and experience, don’t delay - apply now and join a great organisation and team!! A background in either Recruitment/Career Consultancy or Occupational Therapy would be advantageous; however is not essential.

Also to meet ACC requirements you will need to be a member of a professional organisation such as CDANZ, or be able to join such an organisation, or be working towards this.

For more information or a more detailed Job Description please contact Andrew Hall, National Programme Manager, New Zealand Spinal Trust:

 Applications close August 30th.