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Education and Youth Services Adviser

Keeping young New Zealanders engaged at school is one of the best ways to protect them from drug harm. But, drug issues remain the main reason why students are expelled from school; and it still leads to students becoming disengaged from education even before they get noticed.

The New Zealand Drug Foundation wants to reverse this, and help schools and students to better address alcohol and drug problems.

This is where you come in.

We have launched the Whole School Approach programme which supports school boards, staff and youth health services to provide greater support when addressing alcohol and drug problems. We need a highly skilled educator to implement this work.

You will have a deep commitment to the education of young New Zealanders, be experienced working in secondary schools, and have a deep understanding of the NZ Curriculum. You will be able to build effective relationships with principals, teachers and youth health services. You’ll know how pressured school staff are, and know how to make their lives simpler. The complicated world of young people, alcohol, drugs, sex and fast cars won’t freak you out.

This is a full time position based in Wellington. 

Send your completed application, with all the requested information (see below), to Mel Saxton, by Friday 24 March. If you have any questions about this role please contact Ben Birks Ang, National Youth Services Adviser,, 027 364 6199. 


Application process

We want to know about you and the skills and experience you can bring to our team.  So, please provide all the information we request, mark your application “confidential” and return by
Friday 24 March to

What you can expect when applying to work for us:

  • We will consider all applications fairly, and draw up a short-list of those applicants who fit our criteria for this role within 1 week of the application close-off date
  • All applicants will receive a letter advising of whether they’ve been short-listed or not within 10 days following the application close-off date
  • An interview time will be arranged with short-listed candidates, who will also be invited to provide additional material to support their application such as proof of qualifications, any written references, etc.
  • We use panel interviews, usually of 2-3 people consisting Drug Foundation staff and key stakeholders.  We may invite applicants back for a second interview
  • We will advise all short-listed applicants the outcome of their application within 10 days of their interview.

What we expect from your application

You will provide these documents to support your application:

a cover letter, which, in no more than two pages, will:

  • outline your interest in the role and highlight the key reasons why you should be considered
  • address how your skills, knowledge and experiences relate directly to the tasks and responsibilities of this position

your curriculum vitae outlining:

  • your educational qualifications – including the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the name of the institution attended
  • your employment history, including your current position – specify dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities, and achievements.
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