Social Worker - Nelson Women's Centre

The Nelson Women’s Centre/Te Whare Āwhina Mō Ngᾱ Wāhine Puawai is looking for a Social Worker - part time (23 hours per week) to provide social work support, intervention, information, education and referrals to women/wāhine and their family and whānau.

Our mission: 

The Nelson Women's Centre is a resource and support centre for all women/wāhine and their family and whānau in the Nelson Tasman region. Our mission is to empower women/wāhine to be safe, resourceful, to value themselves, and to reach their potential. We do this through support, advocacy, counselling and educational groups.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assess the holistic health, wellbeing and safety needs of clients
  • Provide social work support, intervention, information, education and referrals to appropriate agencies and services
  • Advocacy for women/wāhine and their family and whānau with agencies and services
  • Assess and refer as appropriate to the NWC counsellors
  • Administrative systems: Client record system, accountability reports, and daily schedule
  • Develop and maintain strong connections and working relationships with agencies in the Social Service and Community Sector.
  • Promote Nelson Women's Centre and its services at inter-agency and community meetings.
  • Accountability: Monthly reports to the Centre manager and participation in team meetings
  • Follow all health, safety, and wellbeing practices
  • Participate in employment reviews (first 3 months and annually)

Qualifications, Skills and experience:


  • A recognised social work qualification.
  • SWRB registered or working towards this.
  • An understanding and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • A current clear NZ driver's licence.
  • A commitment to feminist philosophy and ability to work comfortably with all women/wāhine in a holistic, mana-enhancing and empowering way.
  • Experience of working collectively and ability to build and maintain working relationships with relevant community agencies.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, digital and written) with colleagues, individuals and community groups.
  • Ability to maintain timely and accurate records.
  • Shows initiative, adaptability and sound self-management skills.
  • Commitment to continued professional development and participation in regular supervision.


  • Experience in community work and well-rounded community development skills.
  • Knowledge of the local social service community sector.
  • Use of own vehicle.

To apply, please send an email to the Centre manager at: with the following:

  1. A cover letter detailing your interest in the position and your contact details.
  2. A CV/resume detailing your relevant experience and skills.
  3. An indication of your ability to work in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  4. We require 3 referees, 2 of whom must be from two previous roles relevant to this job application.

For a detailed job description, or if you have any questions, please email the Centre manager. 

Applications will be reviewed as received.

If you are interested to be part of a team of passionate and inspiring women who want to make a difference in our community, apply now.