Project Manager

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 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.

Project Manager role

The Secondary Tertiary team is responsible for operational policy, curriculum, and support pr ogrammes for Year 11-13 learners, the secondary-tertiary interface.

The Project Manager is part of the team that is currently delivering the NCEA Review, Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) and related initiatives to support social, emotional and life skills education, careers education, and vocational education in schools.

The Project Manager provides high quality project planning, monitoring and evaluation. This includes the development of key milestones, consultation processes, risk analysis and resourcing requirements. The role ensures appropriate processes, advice and implementation plans are developed to support equity and excellent outcomes across the Ministry.

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 as follows:

  • Plan, lead and manage projects for incremental benefit, applying project management principles and systems
  • Ensure there is a robust and positive working relationship between the project team, Programme Manager, Business Owner, and other internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage the project's budget, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the project progresses
  • Ensure projects are planned and delivered to plan and budget and quality criteria

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 Amy Wood at

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