Employment Opportunities

We're hiring for 2022!

Please apply by 17 January. We will likely hire before if we find suitable candidates.


We have up to 2 FTE available that can be split between applicants, so feel free to apply if you are looking for part-time or full-time work.

Proposed start date:

late January, early February 2022 We will likely have a mandatory 2-3 day training sessions in late January /early Feb that can be attended in person or virtually , however the exact start date is flexible.

Role description

Speech-language Therapist

You would be providing hands-on therapy with children of all ages and some young adults. Our work is play-based, family-centred, and evidence-based. You will be thinking on your feet, applying and adapting the evidence base, and collaborating with our growing team. You will be working in homes, schools, preschool settings, and in the wider community.

Our private practice specialises in neurodiversity and AAC. We also see a wide range of young people with social communication and language challenges. We walk alongside young people – both to help them grow and meet their potential, and also to support the people and systems around them to understand their role in interaction and learning.

Our role is to empower communication partners to know how to respond to, support, and develop communication, language, and literacy skills. You will also need to be able to demonstrate, coach, explain, and teach. All forms of communication – written, visual, and spoken – are essential in this job.

These positions require excellent play skills, dynamic assessment skills, and innovative therapy approaches. You will be asked to build trust with a people of all ages and backgrounds.

On our team, we expect everyone to have a deep understanding and respect for neurodiversity. Our work requires us to be committed and thoughtful about how Te Tiriti o Waitangi applies to your work. All staff has the option to take worktime to develop their cultural competence as well as to learning NZSL and/or Te Reo Māori.

Who you’d be working with

Inclusive Communication is a small private practice specialising in supporting communication across the ages with a strong emphasis on literacy, autism, and AAC. Our mission is to empower young people to have a strong ‘today’ communication system and to work in partnership to build a pathway to their ‘tomorrow’ system. To do this, we need to support communication partners to deeply understand and confidently respond to the needs of young people.

At Inclusive Communication, we do a mix of direct work, communication partner training, and consultation. You will have the opportunity deepen your understanding of how to use AAC and later do AAC assessments.

We also provide professional learning development through workshops and coaching to school teams.

Here is a 1 min video highlighting how we work

A full job description will be provided as part of the hiring process.

Ideal candidates:

  • At least 3 years’ experience as a speech-language therapist
  • Strong understanding of neurodiversity including autism, language disorders, and ADHD.
  • Experience in AAC including high-tech and low-tech both in terms of assessment and providing intervention and coaching around the use of AAC
  • Strong understanding of evidence-based literacy assessment, teaching training, and literacy instruction
  • Emergent to advanced skills in Te Reo Māori and/or NZSL


  • Strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waintangi and working in a culturally safe manner
  • Strong commitment to the principals of neurodiversity, to empowering clients and whānau, and to working in a client and family centred manner
  • Excellent play skills with young children and conversational skills with teenagers
  • Understanding of trauma-informed practice
  • Excellent written and oral communication – including making language visual and knowing how to adapt our communication style to meet the needs of whoever we are with
  • At least 3 years of hands-on work experience with children and people with disabilities
  • Eligible for NZSTA membership and Qualification with an NZSTA accredited or approved speech language therapy program
  • Full or restricted driver’s licence and access to a car (all work travel is reimbursed)
  • Legally able to work in New Zealand
  • Compliance with the education and health sector mandates regarding COVID-19 vaccination and Vulnerable Children / Adults checks
  • Strong understanding of communication and language development including pre-intentional through to the conversational stages.
  • Strong technology skills including secure data storage, Microsoft office (Word, Excel, and Powerpoint), and video conferencing.
  • Willingness to learn and commitment to ongoing professional development

Employment is dependent on a clear police vet and other obligations under the Vulnerable Children’s Act, public health directives (including COVID vaccination orders), and poof of legal right to work in New Zealand

Apply online here