Principal Adviser

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Principal Adviser - Te Reo Māori Group
  • Permanent, full-time role, Wellington

Help shape the future of education

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga (Ministry of Education), we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and teams

Ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea

E toro atu te ringa ki ngā oro puareare o te waokū o Tane te wānanga, koutou kei ngā pureke mowai o te Arareo Māori, e tā mātou Uepū Reo Māori.

Ki te whai wāhi ai koe ki te reo Māori, ki Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, ki Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori, otirā ki te ao Arareo Māori (ngā wāhi whakaako mā te reo Māori mō te nuinga o te wā) tēnā koianei ngā tūranga e tika ana moū.

Māori language is the essence of culture and as such is an inherited treasure acknowledged through the Treaty of Waitangi. It is through Māori language that the full range of Māori customs can be expressed, practised, and explained.

The purpose and goal of the Te Reo Māori Group (the 'Group') is to ensure that all learners who commit to learning in and of the Māori language have access to quality provision and learning experiences.

The Group is responsible for setting the strategic direction to ensure the growth of te reo Māori, the Māori medium pathway and those learning the language. It is through this learning journey that Māori language learners can access the Māori world and understand their role in it.

The Group covers:

  • learning pathways for students aged 0-18 yrs who have committed to the learning of, and through, te reo Māori
  • leading on the Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te ako i te reo Māori.

There are five teams within the Group focused on:

  • Mātauranga Māori - ensuring Mātauranga Māori is embedded and expressed across the Ministry of Education and Education system
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment - ensuring tools and frameworks are in place to support quality teaching and learning of te reo Māori
  • Achievement, Professional Capabilities and Leadership - equipping kaiako to develop capabilities needed and provide resources that support quality teaching and learning through te reo Māori
  • Curriculum Implementation - supporting priority initiatives that focus on the quality implementation of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori
  • Programme Office - providing business support services across the Group including centralised programme finance administration, management reporting, communications and HR support.

About the role

We have an ever expanding responsibility in supporting the education system to deliver the outcomes for the 400,000 tamariki learning te reo Māori around the country - and the ever increasing workforce engaging with our language within their settings.

Reporting to the Group Manager - Te Reo Māori, the Principal Adviser provides leadership in identifying quality strategies that support the successful design, development and implementation of quality Māori language and Māori medium programmes, projects and services.

They support the strategic overview of group priorities ensuring that Māori language learners and Māori medium needs are appropriately considered, and as necessary, addressed in curriculum development.

If you have good Māori networks, strong ability to grow and maintain positive relationships with te reo Māori organisations, thrive on supporting the whole education system to implement initiatives around achievement and leadership and have experience in raising capability of clusters of the workforce - we welcome your application.

About you:

  • You have strong writing skills, able to write a variety of correspondence for different audiences, at pace and to high standards
  • You have proven experience managing complex relationships and resolving conflict to achieve amicable outcomes
  • You know how to involve others and seek advice at the right points
  • You're a great organiser, agile when needed and able to prioritise your work accordingly
  • You understand and know how to apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
  • You have a good understanding of the national curriculum, including Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - the Māori language guidelines for learning te reo Māori

Te reo Māori fluency isn't needed for this role, however will be an advantage to help you succeed and excel in these roles.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who can enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry of Education is committed to keeping the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as a guide in all our work with students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/661653_JobDesc.pdf

If you are interested, submit your application using the 'apply online' button.

For further information, please email Myron Elkington at myron.elkington@education.govt.nz

 

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