The Trust is affiliated to the St Albans Baptist Church.  It is expected 0f Employees that there be loyalty to the Christian ethos of this Church, and adherence to the Code of Ethics of St Albans Baptist Church and policies and procedures of Neighbourhood Trust.

 This position focuses on the existing projects of The Neighbourhood Trust, in particular the Mairehau Community Project. The primary focus is to support whanau to be strong and well and access whatever support children need in order to thrive and reach their potential.  This worker will primarily work with mothers, and will work alongside our other Community Development Worker  (CDW), whose focus is on fathers.

 We are a small team and we all need to be adaptable and willing to step up to help when there are urgent needs and specific events.

Due to the impact of events in Canterbury i.e. the Earthquakes, the Mosque attack and Covid-19, the emotional wellbeing of the community can be fragile. The role will help support members of the community and the NHT team to navigate the challenges and risks of mental distress.


 Responsible To:    Through the General Manager to the Trustees of the Neighbourhood Trust


Key relationships:      General Manager

                                   NHT staff & Trustee Team

                                      Parents and Children

                                      Leadership at local Primary Schools

                                      Preschools and Early Learning centres

                                   Other community organisations and leaders



         Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop relationships with the Mairehau/St Albans community – families, businesses, schools, preschools and organisations; network meetings as appropriate.
  • Facilitate & attend coffee groups at Mairehau Primary School, in conjunction with other staff
  • Develop a network of agencies to refer whanau to who need help.
  • Assist in getting parenting information out to families. (This may be through info at events, stalls, and parenting courses eg Building Awesome Whanau and running Explorer groups).
  • Offering individual support to women and assist with advocacy, accessing Work & Income information/websites etc. as needed.
  • Be part of Kai Box distribution team alongside other CDW and Operations Manager.
  • Assist in approaching pre-school whanau and new entrant parents (possible coffee group, BBQ etc).
  • Welcome new families coming into the area through visits, welcome pack.
  • Mental health awareness, upskilling of our team, courses and support where needed for NHT team and the community.
  •  Contribute to an events team with other staff and volunteers for Light Party and other events/engagement opportunities.
  • Maintain attendance records and pastoral notes on Elvanto database
  • Write a report for the NHT Trustees for the monthly board meetings
  • Invite year 8 children who are heading off to high school next year to meet with St Albans Baptist Church Youth Pastor to make contact before they leave Mairehau Primary School.
  • Assist with wananga where appropriate. Wananga may include training for NHT and church staff on matters relating to mental health.
  • Assist with pathways into study or work, budgeting etc.  May involve liaising/referral to Operations Manager for help with CVs, job applications

 Other responsibilities in conjunction with other staff:

  • Assist in ongoing analysis of numbers/outcomes/results and making changes to projects as needed in conjunction with the General Manager.
  • Assist in forming teams, processes, ‘how to’ documents for newer projects.
  • Meet regularly with any internal and external project management teams.
  • Any other reasonable request as directed by the Trust General Manager.
  • Employee participation is encouraged and supported in processes for improving health and safety in the workplace.

Expected results:

  • The Community Development Worker will grow in knowledge of NHT, of resources in our community and practices around community-led development.
  • Increased engagement between NHT and the community.
  • Relationships built with Mairehau/St Albans whanau and parents of children at Mairehau Primary School, other local primary schools as needed and local ECEs.
  • Parents will have better information around parenting, financial literacy, where to get help.
  • There is a supported volunteer community to help with programmes
  • Accurate documentation of volunteers and programme participants is maintained on Elvanto, whilst ensuring client privacy is protected.

Skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Previous experience in a similar role desirable
  • Have an understanding of project management principles.
  • Needs to understand confidential nature of the work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication. Able to talk easily with many different groups of people.
  • Experience and competence in managing teams
  • Prior experience or knowledge of the role an advocate would be advantageous
  • High level administrative skill and ability to learn new tasks quickly.
  • Computer skills at Intermediate level using Microsoft Office Suite; databases, social media.  Training will be given on Elvanto Database software.
  • Good standard of English (NCEA Level 2 or similar).
  • Accuracy and attention to detail, while maintaining a big picture overview.
  • Ability to research, plan and implement goals.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks effectively and work well under pressure.
  • Knowledge of community organisations will be helpful.
  • Able to plans events and activities within a given budget.

 Personal attributes:

  • Heart for serving the community with excellence.
  • Honesty, integrity, loyalty.
  • Enjoys being part of a team.
  • Not easily flustered.
  • Non-judgemental.
  • Outgoing, bright personality.
  • Sense of humour.
  • Enjoys working with different ethnic groups
  • Able to maintain boundaries between work/personal life and a healthy balance between them

Employment requirement:

  • All Trust trustees and employees must complete a Police Check for Police Vetting and declare any pending convictions.
  • Must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.
  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.
  • Two referees, one of which may be a character referee.
  • Current clean, full NZ driver’s licence essential.
  • It will be expected that staff will seek training in areas where they would like to improve their skills.  A training budget is provided for relevant training opportunities.
  • Quality: All NHT staff are responsible for ensuring a quality service is provided in their area of expertise and are expected to identify areas of improvement. All staff will be familiar with and apply the appropriate organisational policies and procedures.

 It should be noted that this role is dependent on external funding.

 While the working hours are generally between 8.30am and 5pm some flexibility is available, in order to enable opportunities for work in the evenings or weekends eg. Meeting with parents after work, attending Light Party.


To apply send CV and cover letter to, 

Dan Hyzl

General Manager