Senior Programme Adviser - Secondary Tertiary

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

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 11-13 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.

Senior Programme Adviser role

The Secondary Tertiary team is responsible for operational policy, curriculum, and support programmes for Year 11-13 learners, the secondary-tertiary interface.

The Senior Programme Adviser provides high quality advice and support for the effective management and delivery of the Secondary Tertiary work programme.  This includes providing advice to the Programme Director and staff across Secondary Tertiary to support the quality and maturity of project management; developing and maintaining programme level plans, risk and dependency registers; and monitoring and reporting on delivery and resourcing. The role ensures appropriate processes, advice and implementation plans are developed to support equity and excellent outcomes across the Ministry. 

About the person

The person we seek will be an adaptable, fast learner who can appreciate the importance of well delivered projects so we can make the best difference to all New Zealanders. Our ideal candidate will take pride in producing high quality work, be an innovative thinker, have leadership skills and will be comfortable working independently to achieve defined objectives. The person 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 have:

  • Solid experience working in a programme/project environment and relevant tertiary qualification and/or formal project or programme management qualification e.g. Prince2, MSP
  • Ability to think strategically, foresee risks and opportunities and provide appropriate advice
  • Demonstrated excellent relationships management and influencing skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of working from a te ao Māori perspective to coordinate project outcomes
  • Knowledge of and experience of the Machinery of Government and/or public sector - an education background would be desirable but is not essential. 

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.

Please review the Job Description and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button.

For further information please contact Emily Fairless at 

Applications close on Monday 8 March 2021.

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