Senior Advisor - Teacher Only Days

Ministry of Education

  • Wellington

Senior 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. 

Senior Adviser role

The Senior Advisor 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 Senior Advisor will contribute to the work of the wider Secondary Tertiary team and the intention and principles of the change programme, as well as the goals and priorities of 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:

  • Ability to design and deliver internal and external stakeholder engagements, both general and targeted, to generate valuable and usable insights / advice.
  • Good understanding of the diversity of learners undertaking NCEA, in particular the needs of priority groups, including Māori and Pacific learners.
  • Ability to confidently and appropriately engage with a range of stakeholders from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to organise projects - identifying what matters, anticipating next steps, accurately delivering what was commissioned.

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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