Facilitator Position


About the business and the role:
Have you ever thought about working with the Deaf community?
Deaf Aotearoa provides a workplace which values diversity, and where both New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and English are used. Staff members are supported in the development of their NZSL skills and if required we can help them develop their written English as well. We have over a dozen nationalities represented within our staff, and we have an age range from people in their late teens to people in their sixties.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we have Deaf-friendly work practices in place. We employ Deaf and hearing people at all levels, NZSL interpreters are provided for all meetings and training courses.We encourage and support professional development and offer flexible, family-friendly work practices.We are strongly committed to following organisation standards that ensure we provide quality systems, work practices and services. We perform service audits and review our policies regularly.

Job tasks and responsibilities

  • Develop Service Plans with service users which identify personal goals, strengths and support systems.
  • Deliver services with due care to the fundamental principles of being person centered; care and protection; privacy; empowerment and non-dependence.
  • Carry an active caseload as directed by the Team Leader, and ensure all new referrals are managed through the correct process.
  • Work as an effective member of the front-line service provision team, ensuring that Deaf & hearing people who visit Deaf Aotearoa receive a positive service experience.
  • Build relationships and work with parents of Deaf children.
  • Promote the work and interests of Deaf Aotearoa.

Skills and experience

  • Relationship building skills
  • Ongoing commitment to Deaf Aotearoa's Vision and Purpose
  • Bilingual - New Zealand Sign Language/English
  • Experience in working with the Deaf Community
  • Experience in the not-for-profit/community sector
  • Experience in using variety of IT systems and applications (Microsoft Office)
  • Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi principles
  • Able to legally drive in New Zealand and have own vehicle
  • Experience teaching NZSL

Applications for this position close at 3pm on Friday 18 August

To apply for this position please submit C.V and cover letter to Kieran Pabla – HR & Training Administrator.

We also welcome applications in NZ Sign Language.

If you are interested in this position, please apply via our Seek ad, here.

For a confidential discussion please contact Natasha Cloete – First Signs Team Leader at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 021517849 (text only)

Deaf Aotearoa Holdings Limited

Role:     Director
Location:  National
Closes:  Friday, 25th August 2017


Organisation and details
Deaf Aotearoa Holdings Limited (trading as Deaf Aotearoa) is the operational service delivery arm of Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand lnc, the organisation mandated as the collective voice of Deaf people in New Zealand and the New Zealand member of the World Federation of the Deaf.

Led by a dynamic and committed leadership team, more than 70 permanent staff across 14 offices make a difference to several thousand Deaf New Zealanders in inspiring and creative ways. Contracted to deliver a range of services by the Ministries of Health, Education, and Social Development as well as the Tertiary Education Commission, the organisation is the only national service provider for Deaf people, a role we take great pride in. We provide sign language interpreting services through iSign, which contracts more than 80 interpreters across a wide range of settings. In May each year we run New Zealand Sign Language Week, which lights up the whole country with the language and culture of the Deaf community.

Particular skills/competencies sought
Directors are required to set Deaf Aotearoa on a path of ongoing development and success. In particular we are seeking people with qualifications and experience in the areas of Law, Finance, HR, and Marketing. Knowledge of the not-for-profit sector is desirable, and a willingness to learn about Deaf people and their unique culture is essential.

Commitment required
Board meetings are held quarterly and will take place during the week, for up to 4 hours.

Geographic considerations
Board meetings will be held in Wellington, however board members may be domiciled throughout the country.

Unpaid, although a meeting honorarium will be paid and travel and accommodation costs (if required) will be met by Deaf Aotearoa.

For further details or to apply please contact
Oliver Ferguson, President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application information
Applications for these roles can be submitted in writing or NZSL video.

Deaf Aotearoa employs over 60 staff in 14 offices around the country. We have a diverse workforce and welcome people from all walks of life.


Deaf Aotearoa is the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand.


We work alongside Deaf service users, providing professionally delivered education, employment, health and social services focused on empowerment, independence and progression.


We promote the use of New Zealand Sign Language so Deaf people can fully participate and contribute their skills and talents to New Zealand society and beyond.


We work closely with government agencies, other not-for-profit organisations, and the private sector to increase awareness of the needs of Deaf people and strengthen their rights.


Deaf Aotearoa is the New Zealand representative for the World Federation of the Deaf.




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