Principal Adviser

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Principal Advisor - 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 and transitions.

Principal Advisor role

The Principal Adviser provides strategic thought leadership to the Group Manager and Management team for Secondary Tertiary. They work closely with the group manager on specific projects and pieces of work across the Secondary Tertiary Programme.

The Principal Adviser provides advice for the development and delivery of senior secondary curriculum and secondary tertiary transitions and pathways initiative to support student learning and lift achievement for all students. The principal Adviser leads, inspires, supports and motivates others in the design and implementation of the goals, actions and purpose of senior secondary tertiary initiatives.

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. 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 have knowledge and/or experience in the following:

  • 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
  • Business and strategic reporting experience in government, in particular facilitating with senior leaders to achieve results
  • Sound understanding of the machinery of government, public sector delivery structures and systems

Are you ready to make a difference?

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

Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/680739_JobDesc.pdf

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

For further information please contact Madison Stark Madison.Stark@education.govt.nz

Applications close midnight - Thursday, 22 April 2021.

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