Peer Support Worker

Listed 13 days Ago


We are now looking for an enthusiastic and resilient person to utilise their personal experience in recovery as a full-time permanent Peer Support Worker within the AODTC team. 

Based at our community hub in New Lynn, this non-clinical position operates Monday to Friday and requires you to build relationships with clients progressing through the life-changing AODTC programme. 

Ideally, the successful candidate will have

  • Personal lived experience, a story of recovery from addictions and the ability to as a positive role model to others (essential)
  • Strong cultural competencies particularly in working with Māori
  • Assertive communication and active listening skills 
  • An ability to utilise critical thinking and proactively engage in organisational support
  • A willingness to hang in there when the going gets tough 
  • A willingness to embrace change and learn
  • A positive and encouraging demeanour with a good sense of humour
  • The ability to work in an ethical framework with strong boundaries 
  • Comfortability working in criminal justice settings including open court and prisons
  • Completed peer support training of some description and/or experience working in a peer position
  • The ability to work flexible hours as part of a supportive team
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly email, data entry and word processing
  • An ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be able to legally drive in New Zealand without restriction  

In return we offer:

  • $51,001 to $58,760 salary per annum (depending on your relevant qualifications and experience)
  • $2000 annual location allowance and a weekly meal allowance
  • 22 days annual leave, 5 days paid study leave per annum
  • Professional and career development opportunities.

We are partnered with Higher Ground and The Salvation Army to provide addiction treatment services to the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court (AODTC) pilot based in the Auckland and Waitakere District Courts. The AODTC aims to reduce offending by addressing participants’ alcohol and other drug related issues.

Odyssey has supported thousands of New Zealanders whose lives are affected by alcohol, drug or other addiction challenges. We wholeheartedly believe that everyone living in New Zealand should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, to feel hopeful about their future and to have meaningful relationships with friends and whānau.

To apply, please send us your CV and a cover letter and complete the additional information questionnaire online. For all enquiries, please contact Trina Tauvela on 021 578262

Closing date: 9th August 2022

This role must be performed by a fully vaccinated worker. Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 is required before the successful candidate can comment employment in the role.

Please note that police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks are required for this role.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We particularly encourage applications from Māori and Pasifika candidates.