Support Workers – Disability Support Services (5 August Info Evening)

Information & Assessment Centre evening - Monday 5th August

By applying to this vacancy you will receive an invitation to our Information and Assessment Centre evening, to be held on Monday 5th August. Please note that you must attend in person to be considered for interview. 

We advertise and hold information & assessment centre evenings monthly, so encourage you to apply against a date that you know you will be able to attend.

Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

About Disability Support Services

At Disability Support Services (DSS) we provide support to people who have disabilities to live lives that reflect their personal aspirations and choices. DSS provides support to over 250 people in a variety of residential settings across the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions. 

The people we support live in their own homes, with support provided through a residential contract. We support each person to manage their day to day lives in ways and at times that work for them. The people we support have a wide range of abilities. Some people need support with their personal care and taking care of household tasks; some need support to participate in their local communities and some need communication and behavioural support too. We actively encourage people to pursue their dreams and try out new experiences, and can guarantee that no two days working at DSS are ever the same. 

While most of our work is with people with disabilities, we also work with people who have multiple support needs who sometimes communicate through behaviour which others may find challenging, and who may also have involvement with mental health, youth justice, addictions, and/or Oranga Tamariki.

N.B. Disability Support Services are part of Nelson Marlborough Health, we are not however a medical/clinical service.  We are a community based disability support service focused on quality of life outcomes and the Enabling Good Lives Principles. 

About the role

We are looking for people with a can-do attitude who can work with children and adults, as part of a proactive support team, in residential and respite homes. You will follow individual plans and understand the importance of consistency in assisting people to achieve a great life. 

We have a number of casual and permanent positions available that include day shifts, evening shifts, weekends and/or weekdays.

Information and Assessment Evening

Our next information and assessment centre evening, that you must attend in person, is on Monday 5th August 2019 from 6PM-8PM. Applicants who do not attend with be recorded as withdrawn from the process.

One of the requirements on the night will be to complete police vetting forms. Please bring along two forms of ID (one of which must be your driver’s licence). You will receive further details regarding the venue and ID requirements via text/email message on Wednesday 31st July. 

Internal applicants do not need to attend the information evening.

About you

We’re looking for people who have:

  • A sense of humour
  • Good social skills and the ability to relate well to others
  • The ability to work with people who present with challenging behaviours
  • Diversity to work with a range of people with differing levels of support needs
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality, be tactful and sensitive in dealing with people
  • Commitment to professional development
  • An ability to work actively as part of a team and individually to ensure service quality
  • A current full driver’s licence (preferably to drive both automatic and manual vehicles)
  • Good English language ability (written and spoken)
  • Basic maths and computing skills
  • Confidence in assisting with personal cares
  • Energy and enthusiasm.

Your hourly rate will be $20.50 to $25.50 dependent upon your qualifications as recognised under the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017.

This position is classified by Immigration as ANZSCO 423111 and applicants for this position must be NZ or Australian Citizens, or have NZ Permanent Residency, or a valid NZ work visa. 

Appointment and ongoing employment will be conditional upon criminal record/police checks - you must declare any convictions and/or pending charges on your application form. This will include checks under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

How to apply

For enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. If you are on our careers page click apply now, or please follow the link to our careers page locate the vacancy and fill in our online application form.

Ref. N19-353

Applications Close: Tuesday 30th July

Permanent/Part Time, Casual

Job no: N19-353

Location: Nelson Community, Tasman Community

Closing Date: Tuesday, 30 July 2019