Senior Advisor - Special Projects

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

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

  • Fixed Term to December 2021 - Fulltime
  • Contribute to major national projects!
  • Covering the Wellington region

Help shape the future of Education

At the 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

In Sector Enablement & Support (SE&S) our teams around the country work closely with the Early Childhood and Schooling sectors, providers, and communities to provide support, expertise and resources to help children and young people reach their full potential.  We also directly provide Learning Support for around 40,000 children and young people.

The Special Projects team within SE&S is responsible for the implementation of key government priorities such as the Free and Healthy School Lunch programme and the period well-being project.

We provide advice and support to our regional teams to support the implementation of the programmes of work.

About this role

You will be responsible for supporting schools and kura to implement a range of programmes and services that support student well-being such as the Free and Healthy School Lunches programme and the period wellbeing project.

You will engage with schools, suppliers and the community to establish and then support our initiatives.  This will mean providing advice, guidance and support to schools and kura and suppliers to ensure the delivery of high-quality projects and services that support students.

Please note there is further information in the attached Job Description.

About you

You will have experience working in a Government agency and a sound understanding of the machinery of government, public sector delivery structures and systems, ideally within the Education sector. By developing effective working relationships and building credibility with stakeholders at all levels, team members, and colleagues, you will deliver results by taking ownership as well as being proactive and pragmatic. Being a local, you will have knowledge of the region and how to best engage with schools and suppliers in your area.

You will also have:

  • The ability to operationalise and implement policy
  • Experience supporting the delivery of projects in a complex, highly scrutinised environment
  • The ability to work co-operatively and flexibly with others to solve problems or complete tasks
  • Experience of providing high quality and timely advice, written and verbal
  • An understanding of procurement and contract management
  • A can-do attitude with a focus on delivering outcomes
  • An understanding and application of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga.

If you want to work on projects that will make a real difference for our ākonga, this is a great opportunity!

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 students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information in the Job Description attached, please review and if this opportunity interests you and you meet the requirements, please apply now with a CV and cover letter using the ‘Apply Online' button. 

For further information, please contact Brandi Fisher at

Applications close 5pm, Friday 22 January.


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