Team Leaders - Disability Support Services, Nelson Community

Permanent full-time positions

Nelson Community

Mission: Supporting people to live the best possible life

  • 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’ve experienced substantial growth particularly in our Children’s Respite, Bespoke & Emergency placement services and our Family Partnership Model.  We support each child or young person to manage their day-to-day lives, and try to maintain consistency with supporting them to attend school, community programmes, day programmes and sporting activities, whether for short periods of respite or in full-time residential care.  Our goal is for each individual to live the best life possible. 

Some of the people involved in our services require a lot of support, while others just need encouragement.  The role of a Team Leader will bring many challenges, but is guaranteed to enhance job satisfaction knowing that you have been an integral part of making a difference to the children and young people we are supporting, and their families and whanau – big and small. 

You will be working within a great organisation and will be 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 the people we support. 

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. 

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki ēnei mahi (About these positions)

Due to our services growing we are looking to appoint four on-roster Team Leaders

  • Two positions are for our Respite Services for children
  • One position is for Emergency Placements and Bespoke Programs (including Oranga Tamariki)
  • One position for our Family Partnership Model home. 

These are exciting roles where you will be part of the set-up and implementation, including the recruitment of new staff, and where you can put your expertise and skills to work. 

In most cases your hours of work will be 7.00AM to 3.30PM, working Monday to Friday. However, with the embedding of Enabling Good Lives we strive to work flexibly to include afternoons and weekends in negotiation with your Group Leader, as long as you work 80 hours in the fortnight.

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 hold a NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4), or be at Level 3 working towards Level 4, (to be completed within 12 months of appointment), or hold an equivalent health or disability related qualification as assessed by the Ministry of Health (see link below). You will 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 contact Liz Matthews Group Manager on 

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


Applications close: Thursday 29th April 

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: N21-188

Location: Nelson Community

Closing Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021