Senior Advisors - Akonga Māori x2

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington

Wellington - permanent, full-time

About our group

The Secondary Tertiary team sits within the Early Learning and Student Achievement Group (ELSA) and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

ELSA works to make learning and teaching relevant, real and valued. We deliver and maintain critical services for the education sector to support responsive learner pathways from early childhood into further education, training, the workforce and society. ELSA performs a crucial role working between the strategy and policy teams, and the sector facing functions. The Secondary Tertiary team is responsible for operational policy, curriculum and support programmes for Year 11 to 13 learners, and the secondary-tertiary interface. This includes senior secondary curriculum, NCEA (including the ongoing NCEA Review and preparing for the Review of Achievement Standards) and secondary-tertiary programmes.

Lead Advisor roles

We have two positions for available for Senior Advisors, Akonga Māori. Provide a Te Ao Māori lens on concurrent programmes, contributing to designing and developing curriculum, teaching, and learning initiatives for senior secondary education to support a smooth transition to further education and the world of work. They advise on policy, from design through to implementation, and on the design and delivery of curriculum and assessment content. Senior Advisers ensure a deliberate focus on equitable student achievement is maintained by providing thought leadership and guidance in English and Māori medium education.

About the person

The two people we seek will be agile and adept at handling ambiguity and complexity. Our ideal candidates will take pride in producing high quality work, be able to work collaboratively, research and analyse to provide advice to managers and others in the Ministry, and will be comfortable working independently to achieve defined objectives. You will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

They will have sharp interpersonal skills, superior writing skills, and will be comfortable working with a diverse range of stakeholders and representing the Ministry.

Experience and qualifications

Candidates will ideally have the following:

  • Experience with Māori whanau, hapu, iwi and communities and relationships with Māori based professional or recognised organisations and groups
  • A tertiary qualification or ideally a minimum two years' experience in a similar role.
  • Teaching experience

If this opportunity interests you, apply now using 'apply online' button.

For further information please contact Emily Fairless, 04 44632815 or email

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Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 7 October 2020.


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