Senior Advisor, Service Support

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent
  • Wellington
  • Permanent
  • Head Office, Wellington
  • Two vacancies

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of education

The Ministry of Education touches every person, whānau and community in New Zealand and is a major contributor to improving our society and economy. We do this by working with others to ensure the children, young people and students of the future are competent, connected, life-long learners.

About our group and team

Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education. One in five children and young people receive some form of learning support throughout their early learning and schooling education.

The Service Support team is focused on turning policy thinking into action and supporting the investment and budget decisions required to make this happen. The team has portfolio responsibilities for a range of programmes and services that support students across New Zealand to stay engaged and achieve in education. Service Support maintains a national overview of the activities being delivered and provide guidance, support and improvements to ensure the delivery of high-quality programmes and services.

About these roles

We have a key role working across the Ministry's national and regional offices and with other agencies to support the translation of policy and strategic intent into the design of services and implementation approaches. There is a strong relationship focus with both internal and external stakeholders and a need to understand budget and investment implications across the group.

This is your opportunity to make an impact in the Education Sector, specifically in areas that support children and young people with disabilities and learning support needs to enable them to be present and achieving in early learning services and school.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will need to work collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders, developing relationships at senior levels. You will be communicating your ideas through high-quality written advice. We will also count on you to shape, frame and design processes and thinking using a diverse and inclusive approach.

Additionally, you will have the ability to:

  • support budget development and monitoring and evaluation processes for new and existing services, with colleagues across the Ministry
  • translate policy intent into service and practice design, implementation planning and delivery
  • proactively plan, prioritise responsibilities and lead relevant projects
  • understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.

You'll be joining a small, high-performing team with a culture of constructive open-minded debate and working together to make an impact. It is a great developmental pathway as you gain political nous and systems thinking.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disability, 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 students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser:

If the role sounds of interest and you have the capability we require we would love to hear from you.

For further information, please contact Paul Fenton, Manager, Service Support at or +64 4 463 2818.

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