Lead Community Advisor

McLaren Associates

  • Wellington, Wellington

  • Published : 2023-01-14
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  • Job Title Lead Community Advisor


McLaren Associates Ltd - Winner SEEK Small Recruitment Agency of the Year 2019
Aged & Disability Support (Community Services & Development)
Established in 1967, the Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society (WMS) is a non-profit organisation, devoted to supporting people affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the Wellington region to lead independent, active and fulfilling lives.

WMS is one of 18 regional societies throughout New Zealand, formed to advocate for systemic change and support the needs of people with MS and other allied neurological diseases. Their vision is to empower people with MS and their whānau to live their best lives” through support, information, educational resources and advocacy.

Reporting to the President and WMS Committee, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of WMS and provision of leadership and management of a small team as well as supporting MS clients and their whānau through advocacy, education and referral activities.

Key responsibilities:
Overseeing the day to day running of WMS, including operational and budget management
Providing advice to the committee on relevant matters including research, new treatments and projects
Providing leadership to the WMS staff (Community Advisors and Comms & Fundraiser)
Undertaking client assessments and visiting clients at their homes and workplaces, and making appropriate referrals after assessment
Educating clients, their whānau and carers, and service providers about MS
Attending meetings with clients to advocate on their behalf, including with employers, GPs, WINZ, etc
Developing and maintaining good working relationships with MSNZ, cluster groups, health professionals, services providers and referral agencies
Coordinating Support Groups in the local areas for MS clients
Attending WMS’ monthly committee meetings via Zoom and contributing to the strategic planning with the WMS Committee
Preparing accountability reports for key funders (Ministry of Health)
You will have a good understanding for the not-for-profit environment and the challenges of working with a voluntary board/committee. You are well known for being a self-starter, natural networker and confident decision-maker with proven leadership capabilities and abilities to build strong relationships, communicate effectively and deliver successful outcomes. The variety and breadth of this role will keep you engaged and stimulated. You will enjoy working within a small close-knit, competent, supportive, friendly and high-trust team environment as well as the opportunity to take the lead on key projects and enjoy the flexibility and autonomy to manage your own schedule, and freedom to work from home!

You will have a good home office setup and will be provided with tools of the trade to work from home (WFH) such as a phone, laptop and a company car (for work use only).

This is a permanent full-time position, 40 hours per week, based anywhere in the Greater Wellington region. A monthly allowance to cover office costs will be offered to the right candidate.

Person Profile:
Proven experience as a community advisor, support worker, allied health worker or in alternative treatment/medicine, or similar role
Experience working within the health, social services, advocacy, mental health and/or disability sector in the NZ context
Demonstrated leadership capabilities, including developing and coaching staff and teams
Demonstrated service operational and budget management experience
Client assessment and advocacy experience
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including report writing and presenting information and ideas
Have an eye for service improvement and commitment to delivering service excellence
A confident decision-maker with sound judgement and problem-solving skills
High level of professionalism, empathy, patience and tact
Good work ethic and trustworthiness, and able to work autonomously and independently with minimal supervision
Computer literate and proficient in Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Zoom and databases
Knowledge or understanding of the challenges facing clients affected by MS and/or mental health or other disabilities would be advantageous
Hold a full and clean NZ Driver’s Licence
Ability to travel domestically for work (1-2 days, once or twice a year)
Applications close: 5pm, Thursday 26th January 2023 Applications to: Ngan Nguyen via mclaren.co.nz
Position description: Available to view at mclaren.co.nz

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