Senior Adviser - Ākonga Māori

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Based in Wellington
  • Full-time, permanent

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

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 team sits within the Early Learning and Student Achievement Group (ELSA) and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

ELSA delivers and maintains critical services 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 implementing the NCEA Review changes through the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS)) and secondary-tertiary programmes.

Senior Adviser role

The Ākonga Māori Senior Adviser role provides a Te Ao Māori lens on concurrent programmes, contributing to designing and developing curriculum, teaching, and learning initiatives for senior secondary education to support a smooth transition to further education and the world of work.

Their key role is to:

  • advise on policy, from design through to implementation, and on the design and delivery of curriculum and assessment content
  • ensure a deliberate focus on maintaining equitable student achievement by providing thought leadership and guidance in English and Māori medium education
  • practice best pedagogy in design, development, and delivery
  • successfully engage, communicate, and facilitate wānanga with Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and communities and will lead collaborative working relationships
  • engage with key stakeholders to design and develop initiatives, products and services to ensure that desirable outcomes are achieved.

About the person:

  • Have prior stakeholder engagement experience as you will be working with the wider ELSA team and Ministry
  • You will work consistently to established timeframes, managing own input and ensuring others' contributions are made to enable work to progress
  • Familiar knowledge and understanding of sensitive cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • You will be able to articulate an understanding of Mana ōrite mo te mātauranga Māori as it applies to NCEA
  • Your interpersonal skills and superior writing skills will complement your ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders as a representative of the Ministry

 Experience and qualifications:

  •  A tertiary qualification or minimum two years' experience in a similar role
  • Teaching experience
  • Curriculum coverage, learning area and/or subject expertise and experience to Level 8 of the curriculum (NCEA L3)
  • Identity, culture and language competence in English medium settings
  • Experience working with Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and communities
  • Relationships with Māori based professional or recognised organisations and groups e.g Ako Panuku, Regional Māori teachers' associations, Kahu Pūtoi, iwi, hapū, reo Māori/Māori groups
  • Endorsement from school/community/organisations
  • Mēnā he matatau ki te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori he wana ake tēnā

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.

Please review the position description by copying and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/697254_JobDesc.pdf

For further information please contact Kane Bassett email Kane.Bassett@education.govt.nz

Applications close on Sunday, 26 September 2021, however, please note that if an ideal candidate is found during this time, we will move forward with screening and interviewing sooner.

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