Principal Adviser - Teacher Only Days

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

Principal Adviser - Secondary Tertiary

Wellington - Fixed-term, 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 11-13 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.

Principal Adviser role

The Principal Adviser is part of the Teacher Only Day's team that has been established to co-design and support the implementation of eight additional teacher only days.  

The Principal Adviser leads, inspires, supports, and motivates others in the design and implementation of the goals, actions and purpose of the Ministry and intention and principals of the Secondary Tertiary team.

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:

  • Providing high level advice, at a national level
  • Significant relationship building and management experience including liaising with, communicating to, consulting with and influencing stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and experience using the evidence base that supports quality education and leadership
  • Sound understanding of the machinery of government, public sector delivery structures and systems
  • Strong action orientation and initiative, balanced with the ability to work within the Ministry's structures, policies and priorities, influencing improvement opportunities and creating synergy

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 Emily.fairless@education.govt.nz  

Applications close on Monday 8 March 2021.

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