Senior Adviser - Operations & Implementation

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Based in 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 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 Operations and Implementation team in ST has a key role in implementing the NCEA change programme. We work with students, parents and whānau, the education sector, employers and the wider community to understand, design and deliver the implementation support needed to successfully embed, change and strengthen NCEA.

The Senior Advisor will contribute to these aspects of the implementation of the NCEA change programme. They will have responsibility for specific work streams that support the aims of the team, provide advice on operationalising policy, and work to leverage user insights and lived experience into decision-making and planning.

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. In particular, an understanding of tikanga Maori and an ability to engage with Maori or Pacific peoples combined with ability in writing and/or design is an advantage.

Experience and qualifications

Candidates will have the following:

  • Experience in working within the public sector
  • Provide advice and support to the wider team on change and implementation methods to support delivery
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga
  • Employ user-centred design methodologies to support the design and build of products and services, including prototyping and pre-implementation testing
  • Ability to confidently and appropriately engage with a range of stakeholders from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to design and deliver internal and external stakeholder engagements, both general and targeted, to generate valuable and usable insights/advice

Are you ready to make a difference?

This is an exciting time to join the group and help make a difference for schools and their learners, families and communities.

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.

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

For further information please contact Bianca Webster

Applications close Midnight - Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

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