Community Development Worker Kaiāwhina Whakawhanake Hapori

Community development workers support people to develop and implement plans to make improvements in their community.

Community development workers may do some or all of the following:

  • develop networks and encourage connections within a community
  • encourage and support people to take leadership of community initiatives
  • work with community members to identify their needs, aspirations and existing assets
  • support community groups to develop realistic long-term plans, and implement them
  • help people work through conflict and overcome barriers
  • support community groups to access funding and set up partnerships with other organisations such as iwi, businesses and district and city councils
  • apply for grants
  • co-ordinate, establish, report on and maintain community projects
  • monitor changes in communities and help community groups to build on successes and learn from failures.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for community development workers includes paid or volunteer roles in:

  • youth work 
  • social work, counselling and local government work
  • community or community development organisations
  • leading a group or organisation.

Personal Qualities

Community development workers need to be:

  • outgoing and positive
  • excellent listeners and communicators
  • highly skilled at both leadership and facilitation
  • able to establish clear professional boundaries between themselves and the community
  • extremely well organised, with good planning skills.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for community development workers includes paid or volunteer roles in:

  • youth work 
  • social work, counselling and local government work
  • community or community development organisations
  • leading a group or organisation.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, maths and accounting. 

Community Development Workers can earn around $40K-$75K per year per year.

Community development workers may move into team leader or project management roles.

Community Development Worker

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