Welcome to the Hohepa Jobs Page

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed people to join the Hohepa Hawke’s Bay team and to join our vision of every life fully lived. We employ a multicultural workforce, with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. What they have in common is an interest in the Hohepa community and supporting people with intellectual disabilities.

For many of our roles what really matters is your attitude and approach to work (a good sense of humour is great too!); if you have qualifications and experience they are appreciated but we provide on the job and formal training.

We are committed to workforce development, achieving a Healthy and Safe work environment, good communication and support – for everyone at Hohepa we try to make sure that every life is fully lived. The residential area of the Hohepa community provides 24 hour / 7 days a week care for both children and adult service users based on Anthroposophical Principles, Social Therapy and Curative Education (Dr. Rudolf Steiner). For all of our roles we require an application form to be completed, this can be downloaded here

Your completed application form can be returned to us by email: kelsie.harris@hohepa.com or post: PO Box 3, Clive, 4148. For more information about any of our current vacancies, you can email the above address, phone 06 8700426 and request a job pack, or call into our office in Clive (admin building behind the Hohepa shop) and ask for a pack. For more insight to Hohepa, please read our Hohepa Values.

We invite applications for leadership roles within our Residential Team (House Manager, House Leader, Team Leader and Senior Support Workers); with the focus being on creating a supportive home environment – beauty, nutritious food, cultural and social opportunities and high standards of service.

These are full time (40 hours per week) roles, but are definitely not ‘9-5’ jobs; work patterns include split shifts on weekdays, and at least one weekend day at work (with 2 consecutive days off). The roles can be busy and demanding, but also fulfilling and very rewarding as you journey alongside people with disabilities and support their development.

 

We currently have opportunities for experienced people with the following skills, knowledge and experience:

 

  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in the disability field.
  • Minimum of a level 5 NZ qualification (or equivalent) in the health/disability field.
  • Experience with and an interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Display empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE residents to achieve their goals and plans.
  • Have good communication skills, able to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of people, and to maintain accurate records and progress notes.
  • Be willing and able to work within Hohepa’s values and practices (based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner).
  • Be trustworthy and have high ethical standards, able to respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Have a mature attitude and good interpersonal skills; this includes being practical and ‘down to earth’ about the nature of the role, and being able to work with people who may have high support needs and challenging behaviour without becoming flustered.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.
  • Be fit for the physical and emotional aspects of the role.
  • Hold a First Aid certificate (or be willing and able to obtain one within 3 months of starting work), with a track record of participating in training and able to put the learning into practice in the workplace.

Closing date: Monday 15 July at 10am

For further details or to apply:

Please send your completed application form (link above) to kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

The core role of a Day Activities Leader is to ensure that meaningful experiences for adult Service Users are provided, and to lead by your own practice a dedicated team. Working out of Social Therapy the Activity Centre is focussed upon the enablement of the individual within a group environment where every Service User is encouraged to participate and pursue their interests.

You should have knowledge of how to work with people with disabilities and the ability to promote activities and production processes to meet the needs and capability of intellectually challenged people. Experience relevant to the: arts, crafts, domestic and home skills, and teaching is necessary.

To be successful in this position you must:

  • Be willing to endorse and actively support Hohepa’s agreed practices based on the special character of Hohepa.
  • Be enthusiastic about enabling and empowering Adult Service Users, and have a relevant understanding of Social Therapy.
  • Be a leader; to lead by doing and be able to impassion all who work in the Centre through your floor work alongside effective team building skills.
  • Have experience with intimate personal hygiene and health care needs
  • Have well-developed communication skills, with creative capacity for conversation and interpersonal relationships, along with the ability to write clear reports.
  • Have relevant work experience to the position and imaginative skills.
  • Be able to make plans, monitor progress, review plans in the light of achievement, learn from experience and make adjustments, with the overall aim of lifting service delivery quality.
  • Have the ability to teach all adult learners, and understanding of task breakdown for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Be committed to learning and self-development, willing to participate in training and to enthuse others to develop.
  • Have computer literacy (Word/Excel/Internet) budget management and resource control skills.
  • Hold a full drivers licence and be willing to drive work vehicles.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.
  • Have a positive, forward-looking, ‘can do’ attitude.

Closing date: 17th June 2019 at 10 am

To apply: please send your completed application form to kelsie.harris@hohepa.com by the closing date

At the Hohepa School the main meal of the day is provided at lunchtime for the children.

We seek a Kitchen Assistant, to help with the provision of nutritious balanced meals (using bio-dynamic/organic ingredients).

This position could be suitable for someone who

  • Has experience in food preparation in particular providing wholesome, healthy mainly organic vegetarian meals and cooking for larger groups
  • Understands healthy eating principles and can adjust to a range of specific dietary requirements
  • Has experience of working with people with an intellectual disability; or aptitude and ability for this work
  • Can assist and encourage others who work in the kitchen – residents doing work experience.
  • Is a good communicator
  • Holds a full driver’s licence and a First Aid certificate (or willing to obtain one)
  • Is honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • Is able to meet the physical demands of the role (lifting, carrying, working in a hot environment).
  • Be able to work harmoniously in a team environment supporting and working alongside other kitchen staff.
  • Be eligible to work in NZ for any employer

This is a permanent position: 6.5hrs per day, Mon – Fri for 46 or 48 weeks per year; other work is likely to be available if desired, working elsewhere in the organisation, for the remaining weeks.

Any leave entitlement for this position is to be taken during the school holidays

We are unable to support visas in this position -please do not apply if you do not meet the work entitlement requirement.

For full details and to apply:-

Contact the school on (06) 8442-740 to obtain an application pack

Or email penny.hallgarth@hohepa.com

An application form must be completed. If you send your CV you will be asked to complete the application form before your application can be considered.

Closing date for receipt of applications: Thursday 4th July 2019 at 5pm

This vacancy is for a Special Education Teacher to cover Class Teacher Release times, and who has proven skills and experience in teaching students with special education and learning needs, to start immediately. This is a fixed term position to cover Maternity Leave.

The following skills and attributes are essential:

· Empathy and understanding of working with students with an intellectual disability

· Strengths in managing complex and challenging behaviours effectively

· Sound curriculum knowledge, ideally in both the NZ Curriculum Framework and the Rudolf Steiner Curriculum

· A deep understanding of teaching and learning processes, classroom management, planning and assessment

· Ability to motivate and engage students

· Ability to lead a team of teacher aides effectively, and contribute as a member of the senior school team

· Self-motivation and creativity

· Excellent communication and reporting skills

· Physical fitness to carry out the demands of the role; drug free and with an acceptable police record

For an informal conversation about this role contact the Principal, Stephen Evans: 06 844 2740, e-mail Stephen.evans@hohepa.com

Or email  Principal’s PA penny.hallgarth@hohepa.com

We require an application form to be completed.

Closing date: Friday 7th June at 5pm

Our Kapiti project (based in Otaihanga) is expanding, and we seek a natural leader with experience in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to strengthen our team. The focus of the work is to manage the service as part of a collaborative team, and to create a supportive home environment (including nutritious food, cultural and social opportunities, high standards of service).

The role is full time, 40 hours per week, but is definitely not a ‘9-5’ job (it will include weekend work and unsocial hours); and it can be busy and demanding, but also fulfilling and very rewarding as you journey alongside people with disabilities and support their development.

Our requirements:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in the disability field.
  • Ideally a level 5 NZ qualification (or equivalent) in the health/disability field.
  • Relevant experience to equip you to work with people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Have good communication skills, able to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of people, and to maintain accurate records and progress notes.
  • A leader willing and able to address issues promptly and achieve positive outcomes.
  • Able to analyse data, identify root causes of issues, work on solutions; computer literate and able to write succinct and meaningful reports.
  • Be willing and able to work within Hohepa’s values and practices (based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner).
  • Be trustworthy and have high ethical standards, able to respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours, willing to declare any convictions, be fit for the physical and emotional aspects of the role.
  • Have the right to work in New Zealand (including holding an open work visa with no conditions).

As with all Hohepa jobs, we require an application form to be completed.

Please email your completed application form to kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

Closing date for receipt of completed applications: 31 May 2019

Please apply promptly – we will interview and appoint any successful candidate.

We are seeking a registered Social Worker, with excellent administrative skills, for this role in our Children & Young Persons’ Service. You will be responsible for managing processes and systems throughout the service, working across residential homes and our special needs school. The ideal candidate will have the technical and administrative skills for the role, along with great communication and interpersonal skills – enabling them to interact successfully with the young people we support, their families, external agencies, funders, suppliers, donors, professionals, our staff and neighbours… The wide variety of tasks and responsibilities will be carried out in an office setting in Poraiti.

To be successful in this position you must meet these requirements:

  • Current Social Work registration.
  • Sound administrative skills and experience.
  • Understanding of current H&S legislation and practices.
  • High levels of written and verbal communication skills – can communicate effectively with a wide range of people of different abilities.
  • Understanding of the multi-disciplinary environment in which we work, with the ability to liaise with a range of professionals and agencies.
  • Computer literacy (office software, proficient with spreadsheets/databases).
  • Planning, prioritising, organising, multi-tasking, attention to detail.
  • Can maintain confidentiality and respect privacy.
  • Proactive, self-motivated with a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Willing to support and engage with the community life of Hohepa.
  • Working knowledge of the disability / special education sector an advantage.

For an informal conversation about the position email recruit@hohepa.com and we will give you a call

The detailed job description provides more information – perhaps the key thing is to be willing to take on any job to further the aims of the service.

For full details and to apply email kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

As with all Hohepa jobs, we require an application form to be completed.

 

Closing date: Monday 20 May 2019

Hohepa has a Demeter Certified Biodynamic Farm spread over 80 acres over our 2 sites in Hawkes Bay. The core business of the farm is dairy enterprise connected to milk processing into several types of cheese, yoghurt, quark and fresh milk sales. Some crops are grown to support the dairy herds and young stock.

Hohepa also runs a small market gardening operation which is run separately to the dairy enterprise. The vegetables that are grown are mainly produced to support the Hohepa community, any surplus is sold to the public or wholesale clients.

We are looking for a proactive innovator to help us fulfil our vision for the future of the Hohepa farm. In broad outline that means:

To develop the Farm towards the model of Social Enterprise, providing at its core meaningful work and purpose for the people we support. Manage the farm along principles of Social, Cultural and Financial sustainability.

To be successful in this position you will have:

  • Have a positive ‘can do attitude’.
  • Sound Dairy and some Horticulture experience
  • Experience with tractor equipment including implements, mowers and cultivation equipment; with the ability to maintain the integrity of the equipment
  • Land based experience such as composting, weed control and pasture management
  • Able to set up and use irrigation
  • Able to manage stock and dairy including transport and welfare.
  • Creating meaningful work opportunities for Hohepa Service Users with a focus on enablement and independence
  • Bio Dynamic and Demeter certification familiarity and an understanding of sustainability
  • The ability to lead and motivate a small team, be a role model.

If you are keen to use your experience and skills within a community where we value people – and aim for every life fully lived – we would like to hear from you…

Closing date: Monday 20 May 2019 at 9am

 

  • Apply promptly if you are interested: we will make a job offer as soon as the right person comes along!

 

Please note, we are not able to offer visa support with this role. Do not apply if you are not eligible for work in New Zealand or have an Employer Assisted Visa.

 

If you would like an information conversation about the role in advance of applying – call Alfred on 06 870 0426 ext 703

 

For full details and to apply email: kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

Please note that you are required to complete an application form in support of your application.

We require a nurse to provide a high quality Nursing therapy service which is centred on the needs of the people we support, reflecting cultural, whanau and individual needs and goals; ensuring that the values and philosophies of Hohepa are maintained at all times.

The ideal candidate will be a registered nurse with a current practicing certificate, with strong planning and organisational skills, and who will contribute well in a team environment.

Qualification/interest in anthroposophical nursing would be an advantage.

Applicants must be either a New Zealand citizen, hold a New Zealand Resident Permit or have a current New Zealand Work Permit for 12 months or more.

For further information/application pack or to apply please contact:

Kelsie Harris, ph 870 0426, email kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

The role involves:

  • Line management, supervision and support of night staff who work in houses in the area. This will include frequent travel between the houses (a vehicle is provided).
  • Delivering the ‘On Call’ service – providing guidance and instructions in an emergency and when additional help is needed, either over the phone or in person.

This position is full time (40 hours per week) and permanent; exact patterns of work will be determined once an appointment has been made, but we require some flexibility, eg to work on different nights of the week, and also to be available at times during the day for essential meetings and training.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have experience of working throughout the night, and be able to demonstrate your aptitude for this work.
  • Have some experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities, or transferable experience from a similar sector.
  • Be able to coach, supervise, support and communicate effectively with staff working in the houses, providing practical advice as well as guidance in an emergency.
  • Have a commitment to training, able to participate in formal courses during the daytime and to ensure staff attend learning and development opportunities.
  • Be a skilled communicator, able to communicate effectively with residents (some of whom are non-verbal) and with a range of staff, managers and external professionals.
  • Be literate, able to write reports and keep accurate records, and a confident user of technology.
  • Hold a full drivers licence and be willing to drive between Hohepa houses during the night in a company vehicle.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.

Hohepa is a therapeutic community based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner. Hohepa Hawkes Bay provides residential, vocational training and school opportunities for adults and children with an intellectual disability. The organisation works to foster a community life-style for the adults and children, within a therapeutic environment. The community is based on two sites which each include a biodynamic farm – in Clive (adults) and Poraiti (children); in addition some residents live in houses in the Greenmeadows / Taradale area.

To apply: please send your completed application form to kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

No fixed closing date.

We seek a qualified and experienced person for a Team Leader role within our children’s community. The focus of the work is to manage and maintain quality care, support and development; assess needs, make plans and report on progress; create a supportive home environment and enable service users to participate in the community; work with their families and advocates. It is vital that the principles of Curative Education (Dr Rudolf Steiner) form the basis of service delivery, with the individual child/young person at the centre, working in partnership with the Hohepa school.

You will work as part of a team headed by a House Manager, and carry significant responsibilities. The role can be busy and demanding, but also fulfilling and very rewarding as you journey alongside young people with disabilities and support their development.

 We have opportunities for experienced people who meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience working in the disability field.
  • Minimum of a level 5 NZ qualification (or equivalent) in the health/disability field.
  • Display empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE service users to achieve their goals and plans.
  • Have good communication skills, able to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of people, and to maintain accurate records and progress notes.
  • Be willing and able to work within Hohepa’s values and practices (based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner).
  • Be trustworthy and have high ethical standards, able to respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Have a mature attitude and good interpersonal skills; this includes being practical and ‘down to earth’ about the nature of the role, and being able to work with people who may have high support needs and challenging behaviour.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.
  • Be fit for the physical and emotional aspects of the role.
  • Hold a First Aid certificate (or be willing and able to obtain one within 3 months of starting work), with a track record of participating in training and able to put the learning into practice in the workplace.

If you do not currently meet these demanding requirements but have a real wish to develop into the role, please do put yourself forward.

To apply: please send your completed application form to kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

No fixed closing date – we will seek to appoint any suitable candidate so please apply promptly!

We seek applications from people with patience, maturity and integrity for support work roles at Hohepa Kapiti.

Various permanent vacancies are available, working in the daytime (which includes morning and evening work – on weekdays, and weekend work) and waking night shift (Wake Over). Full time and part time positions are available.

We are also looking to build up a group of CASUALS – people who can work occasionally, maybe at short notice, but with no fixed hours. (Full training and support is provided.) Work may be available on weekdays, weekend work and night shifts.

For all our roles, some experience or training would be great; but your attitude and approach is far more important to us.

Support Workers: 
We are looking for staff with empathy for people with special needs, who will work alongside these people with a belief they can do and can learn to be able and independent. Some of the work will be with service users who may present challenging behaviour. Some of our service users can be very active and strong, and we require applicants with a mature approach, who can cope with the mental and physical demands of this role. It can be a challenging role, but also highly rewarding as you journey alongside young people and adults to support their development.
To be successful in this role you will have a keen interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities, displaying empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE people to achieve their goals and plans. You will hold a full, clean drivers’ licence and have the flexibility to work 40hrs per week (ideally including weekends); the hours will range from 6.30am to 10pm.

Wake Over Support Workers: 
You will work throughout the night to provide support if a resident wakes. During these hours you would be responsible for duties including housework, baking, and administration. In the morning, the role involves personal care (e.g. assisting residents to shower, dress, and shave) and breakfast preparation. The full time role is 40 hours per week.

Casual (Relieving) Support Workers: 
This role is ideal if you can be available for work, possibly at short notice or to cover absences, but do not wish to take on a permanent role.

FOR ALL OUR POSITIONS you must:

  • Have a keen interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities, displaying empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE residents to achieve their goals and plans.
  • Have good communication skills, able to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of people, and to maintain accurate records and progress notes.
  • Be willing and able to work within Hohepa’s values and practices.
  • Be trustworthy and have high ethical standards, able to respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Have a mature attitude and good interpersonal skills; this includes being practical and ‘down to earth’ about the nature of the role, and being able to work with people who may have high support needs and challenging behaviour without becoming flustered.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.
  • Be fit for the physical and emotional aspects of the role.
  • Computer familiarity an advantage.

Your skills and aptitude for the job are more important than any qualification. We provide certificated and on-the-job training.

Hohepa employs a diverse workforce and we welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

To find out more or to apply, please email your application form (link above) to: kelsie.harris@hohepa.com

Wake Over Support Workers are important members of our team, working throughout the night to provide support if a resident wakes.

During the night there are a range of duties including housework, baking, and administration.

In the morning, the role involves personal care (eg assisting residents to shower, dress, shave) and breakfast preparation.

The ideal person for this position will:

  • Have a keen interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities, displaying empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE residents to achieve their goals and plans.
  • Show initiative and be able to work unsupervised.
  • Have experience (ideally) and be comfortable (essential) with night-shift duty; this is not a role everyone can do…
  • Have good communication skills, able to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of people, and to maintain accurate records and progress notes.
  • Be willing and able to work within Hohepa’s values and practices.
  • Be trustworthy and have high ethical standards, able to respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Have a mature attitude and good interpersonal skills; this includes being practical and ‘down to earth’ about the nature of the role, and being able to work with people who may have high support needs and challenging behaviour without becoming flustered.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.
  • Be fit for the physical and emotional aspects of the role.
  • Computer familiarity an advantage.
  • Some understanding about Anthroposophy, Curative Education or Social Therapy (based on work of Dr Rudolf Steiner) would be desirable.

Your skills and aptitude for the job are more important than any qualification. We provide certificated and on-the-job training.

To apply: please email your completed application form (above) tokelsie.harris@hohepa.com

Hohepa employs a diverse workforce and we welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

No fixed closing date – we will seek to appoint any suitable candidate so please apply promptly!

We seek people with patience, maturity and integrity for support work roles.

Various permanent vacancies are available, working in the daytime which includes split shifts – morning and evening work – on weekdays, and weekend work.

We are also looking to build up a group of CASUALS – people who can work occasionally, maybe at short notice, but with no fixed hours. (Full training and support is provided.)

Residential Support Workers:
We are particularly looking for people to work with service users with challenging behaviour, in the children’s community (Poraiti). Some of our residents are very active and strong, and we require applicants with a mature approach, who can cope with the mental and physical demands of this role. It can be a huge challenge, but also highly rewarding as you journey alongside young people and adults to support their development.
To be successful in this role you will have a keen interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities, displaying empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE residents to achieve their goals and plans. You will hold a full, clean drivers’ licence and have the flexibility to work 40hrs per week on a split shift roster (including weekends); shifts are normally between the hours of 7 am and 9 pm.

We currently have full time and part time opportunities for experienced support workers with the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience with and an interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Display empathy and respect, and the ability to ENABLE residents to achieve their goals and plans.
  • Have good communication skills, able to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of people, and to maintain accurate records and progress notes.
  • English language competency
  • Be reliable, team player and willing to learn
  • Be willing and able to work within Hohepa’s values and practices (based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner).
  • Be trustworthy and have high ethical standards, able to respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Have a mature attitude and good interpersonal skills; this includes being practical and ‘down to earth’ about the nature of the role, and being able to work with people who may have high support needs and challenging behaviour without becoming flustered.
  • Be drug free, prepared not to smoke during work hours and willing to declare any convictions.
  • Hold a full, clean drivers licence
  • Be fit for the physical and emotional aspects of the role.
  • Hold a First Aid certificate (or be willing and able to obtain one within 3 months of starting work), with a track record of participating in training and able to put the learning into practice in the workplace.
  • Hold a valid work visa for at least 12 months or be a NZ resident/citizen

We prefer you to hold a relevant qualification or have recent work experience but your attitude and approach is important to us too. If you do not meet the requirements detailed above, but are interested in making a career in this sector, we may be able to support your development – we provide certificated and on-the-job training – so please still register your interest.

Hohepa is a therapeutic community based on the work of Dr Rudolf Steiner. We are based on two main sites (Clive and Poraiti), with other locations in the Taradale / Greenmeadows area. We employ a diverse workforce and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.

To find out more about these opportunities please ask for an application pack: email recruit@hawk.hohepa.org.nz; phone us on 870 0426; or call in person to the Admin Office (behind our shop – 363 Main Road, SH2, just north of Clive). You are welcome to send us your CV but you will be required to complete an application form (link found above).

No fixed closing date: we will interview and appoint successful candidates so please apply promptly.