Business Adviser

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Business Adviser - Secondary Tertiary
  • Wellington - Permanent, full-time

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

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

The Secondary Tertiary Group sits within Early Learning and Student Achievement (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 Group 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 pathways a nd transitions.

Business Adviser role

The Business Adviser, Secondary Tertiary provides corporate support across the Secondary Tertiary team work programme, projects and new initiatives to ensure that Early Learning and Student Achievement delivers on their priorities.

For current and upcoming projects, the Business Adviser supports the Group Manager, Business Manager and Senior Managers to organise and control project activities, and ensure projects are delivered in accordance with best practice and Ministry process and documentation requirements.

About the person

We are looking for someone who is thoughtful, agile and adept at handling ambiguity and complexity. Our ideal candidate will take pride in producing high quality work and will be comfortable working independently to achieve defined objectives.

We are wanting someone who is a high-level project coordinator and looking to progress into a project manager role. They will be able to get involved in the operational processes of a project, have a proactive mindset and be able to identify and mitigate risks as they arise.

The person will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of the Treaty of 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 ideally have the following:

  • Project management or operational processes experience
  • May have or be working towards a relevant tertiary qualification or project management qualification (e.g. PRINCE 2 Practitioner or PMP/CAPM certified)
  • Experience in working across projects with multiple workstreams and competing pressures
  • Experience in using project management methodologies, techniques, documentation and standards
  • Experience in working within the public sector and understanding of the political environment and how related issues should be managed
  • Experience in organising - identifying what matters, anticipating next steps, accurately delivering what was commissioned

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from all diverse backgrounds, 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 Maori students, their whanau, hapu and iwi.

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If this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the 'Apply Online' button.

For further information, please contact Amy Wood

Applications close midnight on Monday, 19 April 2021.


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