Refugee Settlement Service

Team Leader / Social Worker

As part of the Government’s decision to increase the annual refugee quota, it identified Ashburton as one of five new settlement locations. Contract funding was made available for the development of a new Refugee Settlement Service for Ashburton. Safer Mid Canterbury was successful in its bid to develop and run this service for Ashburton. The first step in developing the service is the recruitment of a Team Leader for the Refugee Settlement Support Service.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and guide this service overseeing a team of four staff and working directly with refugees as they embark on their new life settling into a new country and community.

Key elements of the role include team leadership and supervision, interagency working and collaboration; project planning and delivery; project reporting and direct support for refugee families.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Qualified / Registered Social Worker
  • Experienced in team leadership / supervising others
  • An ability to work effectively with stakeholders and groups
  • Skills and attributes in the areas of community leadership, facilitation and project development / oversight
  • Knowledge of and interest in culturally diverse communities
  • Past experience working with refugees would be an advantage


This is a permanent full-time position with some flexibility required around when the hours will be worked. In return, we offer a supportive and flexible family-friendly work environment. We would like the employee to live in the Ashburton District. If this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.

To apply please download the application form below and view the position description. Please follow all instructions on the form and send back to us via email to

Please call us on 03 308 1395 if you require further information.

Applications close Monday the 13th of January 2020.



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