Team Leader – Disability Support Services, Blenheim

Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

Permanent full-time position, Blenheim Community

  • Bring your inspiring leadership skills to supporting children and young adults with a disability
  • Great opportunity to make a real difference

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

At Disability Support Services (DSS) we support children, young persons and adults with varying disabilities to live great lives that reflect their personal aspirations and life styles. Within the NMDHB/DSS services we provide support to over 250 people in a variety of residential settings across the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions.

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 and challenges. Some people need support with their personal care and taking care of household tasks; some need support to participate in, go out and about, and join in social and leisure activities, and some need communication and behavioural support. We also work with family/whanau to provide time for them to have a break, while their child stays in one of our respite houses. 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. 

You will be working within a great organisation, well supported by your Group Leader and the Group Manager. We work collaboratively and in partnership with Mental Health, Youth Justice, Addictions and Oranga Tamariki to meet the needs of people we support.

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

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

We are looking to appoint an on-roster Team Leader to supervise and lead support workers in a residential home. You will be an integral part of the team, providing support and leadership that enables the people you support to live safely and be actively involved in their community. 

Your hours of work will be 80 hours per fortnight working Monday to Friday, 7.00am-3.30pm. (Some flexibility will be required in order to meet service requirements).

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will have inspiring leadership skills and a strong commitment to the principles of person-centred support. You will also hold a minimum NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Level 4, or be working towards Level 4, (to be completed within 12 months of employment), or have an equivalent health or disability related qualification as assessed by the Ministry of Health (see link below). You will also have a sound knowledge of Person Centred support, as well as good time management skills. Experience working in the field of disability would be advantageous. 

This role 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. 

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

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

For role specific enquiries please contact Jemma Low, Group Leader, at or via 022 658 2657. 

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please complete our online application form. 


Applications close: Thursday 6th May (unless filled prior). Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.  

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together. 

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: W21-066

Location: Marlborough Community

Closing Date: Thursday 6th May (unless filled prior)