Senior Advisor - Operations and Implementation

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Senior Advisor, two roles - Operations and Implementation
  • Permanent - full-time 
  • Wellington

About our team

The Ministry of Education works to shape an education system that delivers excellent and equitable outcomes for New Zealand. The Early Learning and Student Achievement (ELSA) Group sets the system-level learning for every child and student and working between policy and customer facing functions. There is significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group.

Within ELSA, the Secondary Tertiary team (ST) covers the transition from senior secondary through to foundation tertiary, and focuses on creating a system that supports young people to be successful and make good decisions about their pathways to further study and training. A significant focus for ST is the delivery of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) change programme.

We are a practical, fast-paced, and service-oriented team, with a supportive culture.

About the role

The Operations and Implementation team in ST has a key role in implementing the NCEA change programme. We work with, students, parents and whānau, the education sector, employers and the wider community to understand, design and deliver the implementation support needed to successfully embed, change and strengthen NCEA.

The Senior Advisor will contribute to these aspects of the implementation of the NCEA change programme. They will have responsibility for specific work streams that support the aims of the team, provide advice on operationalising policy, and work to leverage user insights and lived experience into decision-making and planning.

There are two Senior Advisor positions available.

About you

You will be passionate about improving educational outcomes for young people and thrive on building relationships with stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds and contexts.

You will be experienced in using critical thinking and creative skills to navigate complex problems and developing and delivering initiatives that put user needs at the centre. You will have excellent written communications skills and be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

Experience in any of the following would be an advantage:

  • Change and implementation, sector support, and capability building
  • Involving users as participants in defining, designing, testing and delivering initiatives that meet shared outcomes
  • Communications (public and/or project)
  • Research design and evaluation
  • Delivery of NCEA in a school, kura or foundation education programme

There are no specific qualifications required for this role. We are looking to build a diverse team that represents a range of backgrounds and perspectives. Experience in working in the public sector would be an advantage, but is not essential. The successful candidate will have experience working in ways that are culturally sustaining and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and what these mean in practice.

Are you ready to make a difference?

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

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori ākonga, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

If this opportunity interests you apply now using 'Apply online' button. You can view a job description above, or for further information please contact Emily Fairless

Applications close midnight - Monday, 28 September 2020.


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