Welfare Officer

Exciting role within Fire and Emergency New Zealand, opportunity to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team and make a real difference to our people.

Fixed Term position | Wellington based | Unique industry

About us

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is a Crown Entity established on 1 July 2017 under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017. The role of our new organisation is to reduce unwanted fires, respond to structural and vegetation fires and other emergencies including motor vehicle crashes, medical emergencies, hazardous substance related incidents, natural disasters and support increased community resilience.

Our vision is to build stronger communities and protect what matters most to the people within them. We are proud to be recognised as New Zealand’s most trusted public sector agency. Our values reflect what our people believe is core to who we are and the organisation we aspire to be:

  • We Do the Right Thing – Kia Tika
  • We Serve and Support – Manaakitanga
  • We Are Better Together – Whanaungatanga
  • We Strive to Improve – Auahatanga

The Safety, Health and Wellbeing team is responsible for:

  • Assuring Fire & Emergency New Zealand meets its legislative and moral responsibility towards health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Assuring that our practices mean that “Everyone Goes Home Safe and Well every time.” 
  • Identifying needs, and developing, implementing and evaluating programmes and services in collaboration with all our stakeholders, internal and external.
  • Actively promoting participation in safety health and wellbeing initiatives, you will provide coaching and mentoring to enable continued development of a positive and all-encompassing safety health and wellbeing culture.

About the role

This is a new position for Te Upoko - Region 3 (Wellington and surrounding areas) and is all about supporting the psychological wellbeing of our personnel. The Welfare Officer will help support both our firefighters throughout the region and our people based at our National Headquarters in Wellington.  They will provide an essential link to the practical and professional support services available to our people. As Welfare Officer for the region, you’ll be well supported and advised by a nationwide team of Safety, Health and Wellbeing professionals, and will play a key role in developing positive working relationships between our operational personnel and the SHW function.

About You

You will have a relevant wellbeing background with a strong collaborative approach to your working style, including the ability to influence others to achieve positive Safety Health and Wellbeing outcomes. 

You have wide ranging technical knowledge, with a particular strength/specialty in wellbeing. You are a problem solver who delivers practical solutions whilst being flexible and adaptable in adjusting your style to work effectively with different people. There can be times when the workload will be high so the ability to work well under pressure is a must.

We are looking for a professional with the following skills and experience:

  • Relevant Tertiary Qualification or equivalent skills and experience.
  • Ability to interact professionally, educate and influence with a diverse group of colleagues
  • Experience developing and delivering presentations and conducting meetings, workshops and training sessions
  • Experience in coordinating workplace psychological wellbeing services/programmes
  • Ability to provide appropriate response, follow-up and/or referral for wellbeing enquiries
  • Ability to build relationships with Psychology providers
  • Proven communication and negotiation skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and related Regulations
  • Flexibility for regional travel and work outside of normal business hours is a must
  • Current full driver’s license
  • Previous operational experience as a first responder may be an advantage

So if you’re looking for chance to put your diverse skill set to use in an organisation dedicated to helping our communities, then we’ll provide you with a unique opportunity to utilise your knowledge within a supportive team.

How to apply

The remuneration range for this position is $84,139 - $93,488

For more information about the role please call Andy Chappell, Safety Health & Wellbeing Team Leader , North Island at andrew.chappell@fireandemergency.nz.

If this sounds like you, make sure you carefully consider the position description in the link here, so that your CV sets out your relevant experience

When applying, please ensure you send three documents, the application form (found here), your CV, and a cover letter.

Send your completed application form along with supporting documents to Andrew.chappell@fireandemergency.nz

Applications close: Midnight, Thursday May 14th 2020.