Principal Adviser - Operational Delivery

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Fixed-term until end of April 2022
  • Wellington, Matauranga House

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 education

The Principal Advisor, ECE Resources and Operations provides leadership across a wide range of initiatives and activities and ensures that effective operational support and guidance are provided to ECE services and kohanga so that quality outcomes are achieved for children.

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 and team

You'll be joining a collaborative, high-performing team with a culture of constructive, open-minded debate who work together to implement effective, positive change. This role is an integral part of our team, providing support and leading key pieces of work, building relationships across the wider organisation to deliver Ministry priorities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector, and we reflect this commitment in our everyday work.

About this role

The role reports to the Group Manager ECE Resources and Operations, Te Pae Aronui within Te Mahau and is located in our National Office - Matauranga House, Wellington.

The Principal advisor leads the development and implementation of initiatives, tools and resources ac ross the ECE operational system.

The role holder will provide thought leadership, and contribute to national initiatives that will maintain and lift ECE system performance.

The Principal Advisor will support the Group Manager in the development and maintenance of effective working relationships across the Ministry and a range of external agencies and stakeholders. The role will help to improve and enable our ways of working which form a key part of establishing Te Mahau.

  • nga tu mahi hei whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi - taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • matua ko te reo o te rohe me te haukainga - giving priority to regional and local voices
  • te whai kia kaha ake te uruparenga, te whai wahitanga, me te tautoko topu - delivering more responsive, accessible and integrated services and support
  • te whai kia pai ake te tukanga whakahoki korero, tuku korero hoki - improving our feedback loops and information flows (within and across our organisation)

We would welcome secondments from the sector. If you wish to find out more information, please contact Judy Walsh (

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a CV and cover letter detailing your suitability for the role.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 19 September 2021.

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