Work for Dementia Wellington
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Dementia Wellington - Navigator and Educator roles
This is an opportunity to design your dream job.
Dementia Wellington is looking for experienced health professionals to join our expanding community team. These roles offer an opportunity to participate in Dementia Wellington’s growth and enhanced service delivery. We are excited about the future, our service model is changing to respond to the new health system and to implement the Dementia/Mate Wareware Action Plan and you will be part of that change. See the job descriptions here: Navigator and Educator
Are you the right person?
It is important to us that we get the right person with the right experience to join our team. We are particularly looking for skills in adult education, group facilitation, advocacy, and community work. A background in dementia and/or in older adult services is a distinct advantage however not essential as we believe we can support you to learn about dementia, but what is essential is your attitude - your empathy, life experience and willingness to ‘do good’ and to make a real difference to people’s lives as they cope with the challenges of living with dementia are also highly valued in this role.
You will utilise your professional background (Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy) and be confident, adaptable, ready to pitch-in, be an excellent communicator and have a high degree of empathy. You will succeed in this role if you have excellent time management and can work autonomously but love being part of a team.
These roles can be cut in a variety of ways - could be one full time position or 2 part-time positions, could be one just focusing on education/community connecting and one on just the navigation/carer support role or a combination.
There is flexibility in how the hours are worked and our team have the option of working from home when this is appropriate. Very occasional evening and weekend work may be required. The Navigation role is to cover the Hutt Valley and currently the Educator role covers all of Wellington city, Hutt Valley, and Porirua. But this is open to discussion.
What we can give you
Dementia Wellington has a strong focus on ensuring the wellbeing of the team, we need to look after ourselves so we can be in a good space to look after our clients, therefore, work – life balance is important to us.
We will give you the tools to do the job (phone & laptop), a comprehensive orientation and induction that is personalised to your needs, an incredibly supportive team environment, great flexibility in terms of working hours (can fit around caring responsibilities, children, pets etc).
Dementia Wellington, established in 1985, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to making life better for all people affected by dementia. We are an essential community service for people in the early to mid-stages of mate wareware/dementia providing a range of services including education workshops, peer support groups, carer/whānau support groups and 1:1 advice and advocacy post diagnosis and throughout the dementia progression. We actively engage and partner with other community service providers including Māori and Pacifica services to enable people affected by mate wareware/dementia to get person-centred and appropriate support so they can live their best lives possible and remain living independently at home for as long as practicable.
We are a small, professional team who are very well regarded in our sector for our networking, collaboration, and innovation. We are future focused and are committed to addressing the significant equity issues, and the poor access to culturally appropriate services, that exist for kaumātua living with mate wareware in our rohe.
Applications close 16 January 2023.