Website The Runway Foundation

Paid opportunity to bless our children & youth in Pukekohe area

Do you love working to support children & youth?

The Runway Foundation is looking for a special person to join our fun, passionate, faith-filled Team as our ADDventurers Kids Club & Youth Support Facilitator.

Supporting individuals and small groups of children and youth who have ADHD through facilitating small group programmes and mentoring, with the support of the Runway Team, including dedicated Volunteers & a Counsellor.

  • Based in Pukekohe at our warm & welcoming Runway Community House.
  • 28-30 hours per week.  Full-time a possibility.
  • Laptop, phone, shared vehicle for work purposes.
  • $30-$40 p/hr (depending on qualifications and experience)

Perks such as:

  • A day off on your birthday🥳!
  • Membership to the TPT Perks programme that provides many ongoing discounts and benefits across many businesses (retailers, power etc) across NZ.
  • Provision of free, unlimited and anonymous support for the whole family through RAISE mental Health:
  • A small, fun team that enjoys team-building activities, and training together.  We collaborate & work closely as a Team to support each other, and enjoy brunches out!
  • Recognition & pastoral care support through means such as prezzie card vouchers for dinners out, and pastoral care time off, for when times get tough.  We are committed to make sure that our people know we care.
  • A warm, welcoming community house in the heart of Pukekohe, to base our activities and office from.
  • A strong partnership with our local schools and organisations such as the Pukekohe Community Police.
  • Training and professional development opportunities – we love to grow and do things well, keeping on top of our game, and cheering each other on!

About ADDventurers:

‘ADDventurers’ is the initiative of The Runway Foundation, for the purpose of supporting our local ADHD community. The ADDventurers vision is to be a community of support that promotes ‘belonging, opportunity and success’ for those facing the challenging journey of ADHD within the main-stream school system. It is based out of ‘The Runway House’ at 58 Glasgow Road, Pukekohe, and provides programmes of support & care for ADHD children / Youth and their families.

Role Description:

The ADDventurers Kids Club & Youth Support Facilitator is a dual role, primarily working with the ADDventurers Team to lead and oversee the Kids Club programme, and secondarily provide support for the ADDventurers Youth programme, particularly for events and for mentoring support for our girls on the youth programme. Most of the support is provided through small group activities (up to 6 children for Kids Clubs), and individual or small group mentoring activities for the youth.


28 – 32 hours per week. This consists of 3 -4 afternoons a week for after school small group Kids Clubs, overseeing volunteers and supporting group youth activities with our Lead Youth Coach when required. Then time typically during school hours for planning, meetings, managing enrolments, partnering with schools and student support/advocacy as needed. There may be a few additional hours required on occasion to help plan and implement Runway events.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training in education and child management.
  • Training in special education at an early- childhood or primary school level.
  • Must be competent with using Microsoft Word & be computer literate.
  • Health & Safety training / experience in relation to running Children’s programmes.
  • Leadership training.
  • First Aid Certificate.
  • Experience with working with Youth & ideally a Youth Workers certificate or equivalent.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with planning for and managing a group of children with specialised behavioural needs.
  • Experience with establishing, planning & implementing a programme.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Understanding of and experience with ADHD.
  • Experience in consulting with parents regarding the needs of a child or young person.
  • Experience with how to create and ensure a safe environment – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  • Experience Collaborating with multidisciplinary groups to identify and support the needs of a child or young person


  • Creativity – loves providing exciting, interesting & fun activities for children, and presenting them in engaging & developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Can build a high level of rapport and trust with children/youth and their care-givers.
  • Professional, sensitive, clear and diplomatic communication skills.
  • Ability to recognise behaviour as communication and respond appropriately.
  • Reliable and quick to respond to clients concerns or enquiries.
    Can effectively assess individual needs of children and customise planning to cater to these needs.
  • Can manage time wisely and appropriately.
  • Is highly competent in organisation, planning, commitment & follow-through.
  • Can co-ordinate people and activities, creating and using systems (such as rosters, review forms, enrolment forms) to assist as necessary.
  • Understanding & ability to manage Social Media networking & communication.
  • Budgeting – working within and managing a budget.
  • Risk Management.
  • High presentation in all manners relating to the role eg appropriate dress, written / visual communications.
  • Wisdom and discernment regarding own safety & boundaries when dealing with clients.


  • Christ-centred & believes this role will be as a ministry to our community
  • A cheerful, positive, encouraging disposition & outlook.
  • A love of people and thrives on inputting positively into people’s lives.
  • Intuitive and is able to use initiative.
  • Enjoys working both solo and with others as required.
  • Enjoys a challenge.
  • Gets on well with others (of all ages and cultures).
  • Patient, caring, empathetic.
  • Professional in manner.
  • Dedicated.
  • Reliable.
  • Persevering.
  • Pride in their work.
  • Self-motivated / driven.
  • Respectful and appreciative of NZ’s multi-cultural community.
  • Knows when to, and not afraid to seek help and support in difficult situations.
  • Understanding of and affinity and commitment to the mission, values and objectives of The Runway Foundation.

Key Responsibilities:

KIDS CLUB (primary role)

  • Planning for and leading a team in implementing the ADDventurers Kids Club programme for children with ADHD behaviour (preferably diagnosed – or recommended professionally).
  • Utilising the ADDventurers resources and curriculum to provide a range of creative activities that are developmentally & environmentally appropriate, beneficial and safe, customised to individual needs.
  • Collaborating with our ADDventurers Manager to implemement the ADDventurers Kids Club curriculum for age–appropriate ADHD education and support. Developing the curriculum and resources as needed.
  • Maintaining an environment at Kids Clubs and Kids Club Events where children are supported to self-regulate and experience success.
    Overseeing the enrolment process for Kids Club, ensuring a diligent screening process to ensure health and safety & behavioural needs are managed, in accordance to the Runway Foundation Behaviour Management Policy and Procedure.
  • Attend IEPs or Behaviour Support meetings alongside family as requested and when available, to offer a listening ear and support.
  • Help connect families with additional support or expert advice as able.
    Providing children and Parents with friendly, helpful and genuinely caring support while they are at Kids Club
  • Organising and purchasing the food requirements for Kids Club (using the Kids Club fund allowance), choosing food that is healthy and sensitive to children’s dietary requirements.
  • Ensuring the Kids Club’s are a ‘safe’ place for all – regulated to OSH as required.
  • Managing a budget as allocated by The Runway Foundation.
  • Overseeing the Kids Club Social Media pages eg Kids Club Facebook Pages.
  • Managing Kids Club activity resource needs, and overseeing the maintenance of resources as necessary.
  • Organising and maintaining the resources effectively.
  • Train, motivate and manage the Kids Club leaders & volunteers,
  • communicating well their role and responsibilities.
  • Establish a supportive and collaborative culture among the volunteers and leaders that provides added value to the role.
  • Ensure all volunteers working in a leadership role with children are safety checked, police vetted and manage any First Aide qualification requirements for Kids Club leaders.

YOUTH SUPPORT (secondary role)

  • Provide the lead Youth Coach with support for group activities, Youth Nights and events – their planning and implementation.
  • Provide mentoring support for the girls on the youth programme as required (currently there are only two).

The Runway Foundation is a young, innovative, faith-filled, registered charity, working in the Franklin region in the areas of Youth-development &  support for those facing challenging circumstances.  We are not officially a Christian organisation, however all of our operations are grounded in Christian values & Christian purpose.  To bring hope and life to people who are struggling is our ‘Why’.

A key, unique initiative of the Foundation is to provide support for our ADHD community by running kids clubs for primary students, a youth coaching programme for secondary students, parent support groups, community events and workshops that support those who are impacted by ADHD.  This initiative is called ‘ADDventurers’.

Our aim with ADDventurers is to provide a safe place that gives our clients a sense of belonging & understanding, and to provide opportunities and activities that allow them to experience a sense of achievement, self-esteem & success. Hence our ADDventurers tag line is “Belonging, Opportunity, Success”.

ADDventurers has a strong team of 5-6 full-time/ part-time staff, each championing different areas of the ADDventurers support initiatives, while also working together to reach our organisational goals.  The team love working collaboratively, to respond to the needs of our families with care.  As we are predominantly privately funded, we enjoy the freedom of easily navigating situations with flexibility and agility, focusing on the journey of quality care and support rather than the restrictions & administration burden that government contractual outcomes can sometimes create.

We operate out of  ‘Runway House’, a community house, behind Pukekohe High-School & close to Pukekohe Intermediate School.  We have an independent Counsellor who operates in the house supporting our clients, an Operations Manager & Parent Support Facilitator, a Kids Club Manager & Youth Support Facilitator, Administrator, CEO and an amazing Board.  We have also established a strong network of community partners and supporters, and have strong relationships with the schools we work within.

We are a passionate and supportive team, and while we take our roles very seriously, we love to have fun along the way!

We all work together to design creative, impacting and effective services in our community based on the needs of our families.  Every member of our organisation is valued highly for their contribution.  We greatly value professional development, team-building and the continual search for best practice that is current and relevant to the needs of our day.

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If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

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Please note:

  • All applicants must have a full drivers licence, currently hold the right to work in NZ, and will return a satisfactory Police record check for working with children, before commencing work.
  • You must have a relevant qualification & experience working with children and leading activity programmes.
  • Experience with ADHD is beneficial but not compulsory, as training is provided.

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