Project Coordinator - Ākonga Māori

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Fixed-term, full-time
  • Based in Wellington

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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 projects. Every day, we all strive 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.

Project Coordinator role

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

For these (and upcoming) projects, the Project Coordinator supports the Project and Programme Manager to assist them in organising and controlling project activities to ensure that the project is 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. The person will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

We are wanting someone who has experience working in the project/programme space, managing and working across multiple projects and workstreams with competing pressures. They will have a proactive mindset and be able to identify and mitigate risks as they arise and engage with stakeholders.

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

It is desirable that candidates may have or be working towards a relevant tertiary qualification or project management qualification (e.g. PRINCE 2 Practitioner or PMP/CAPM certified).

Candidates will also have knowledge and/or experience in the following:

  • 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
  • Experience working with and comfortable engaging in wānanga with Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and communities an advantage
  • Mēnā he matatau ki te reo Māori me ōna tikanga Māori he wana ake tērā

Prior experience in the education sector and/or in another government department would be desirable but not essential.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from 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 Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information in the job description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the 'apply online' button.

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Applications close midnight on Thursday, 12 August 2021.

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