Vacancy: Community Connector

Applications have closed.

Community Connector


35-40 hours per week (negotiable)
Closing Date for applications: 27 January 2023

The Role:

The Community Connector is a sole charge position, whose purpose is to empower people and their whānau living with Multiple Sclerosis and related conditions (MSRC) to participate actively in their community in ways that are meaningful to them, by:

  • Providing direct support, coordination, information, and advocacy for people living with MSRC, their carers and whānau, in a client-centred, integrated and holistic manner.
  • Strengthening community-wide understanding and responsiveness to the experience of living with MSRC through networking with care services and providing education for social and healthcare professionals and students.


The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Support to all new and existing clients living with MSRC across the Otago region including facilitation of support groups.
  • Providing information on MSRC and related topics to clients, carers & whānau living with MSRC across the Otago region
  • Providing advocacy for clients, carers & whānau living with MSRC across the Otago region
  • Building and maintaining effective links to the Otago social and health support network 
  • Providing  education for social and healthcare professionals, students, other social and health agencies, and the public on the experience of living with MSRC
  • Contribute to the planning and organisation of fundraising appeals in collaboration with the Executive Committee.

About you:

The MS Otago Community connector will:

  • Hold a tertiary qualification in health promotion, social work or other related field
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Be competent in the use of Google drive and related apps; and an ability to quickly adapt to the use of unfamiliar technologies
  • Be comfortable to work collaboratively with other health professionals
  • Be able to communicate effectively with the cognitively impaired
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Be flexible with working hours and working approach
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Hold a current clean NZ Drivers’ Licence

Whilst previous work experience in the disability/social services sector and a relevant qualification are advantageous, having the right drive and attitude is more important for this role. If you have a passion for making a difference in people’s lives, then we want to hear from you!

Hours of work and remuneration,in the range $55,000 to $65,000 pa, will be discussed with the successful candidate.

Download the Job Description and Application Form below.