Director - Curriculum Design

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent
  • Wellington

Permanent role

Based in Wellington

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 Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga - 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 4,000 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

Te Poutāhū - Curriculum Centre aims to be a leader across the education sector both in curriculum and assessment, and in the way we work, harnessing and valuing the diverse perspectives and skills of our staff and the sector and we will need to try new things to deliver on this. The Director will lead teams that bridge the gap between national curriculum assessment design and the delivery of curriculum, teaching and assessment within schools and early learning centres. 

Mō tēnei tūranga - About this role

The purpose of the Director - Curriculum Design is to work with the Associate Deputy Secretary - Curriculum, Pathways and Progress and the Director - Curriculum Delivery Services, to ensure there is an end to end focus on curriculum design and implementation/delivery. The role will support the Associate Deputy Secretary with the delivery of initiatives across the Curriculum, Pathways and Progress group. 

This role is responsible for 'running' the business with your team of highly effective Senior Managers and passionate people.

You will do the following:

  • Contribute to organisation leadership of the New Zealand Curriculum and build our capability to partner effectively with others
  • Work in a way that harnesses the different perspectives and skills of our workforce to deliver within a positive work environment
  • Embed knowledge of Te Titiri o Waitangi and continue evolving practices of engagement that enables effective engagement in curriculum design
  • Have responsibility for ensuring that Pacific learners are supported with quality teaching resources and support
  • Build strong relationships and networks that will ensure diverse voices are heard and included
  • Build and maintain a high quality and consistent best practise approach to curriculum design, that maximises the benefits of co-design to produce high quality curriculum content, guidance on pedagogy and resources for leaders, teachers, ākonga and their whanau

Mōhou ake - About you 

To be successful in this role you will need to do the following: 

  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and motivate effective teams within a complex environment
  • Have strong intellect and strategic mindset and experience, including delivery of long term goals
  • Be able to join the dots, working with others to make connections utilising networks
  • Have an understanding of the education sector, and the contribution of curriculum to deliver equitable educational outcomes for all ākonga
  • Have a relentless focus on getting the job done and deliver at pace
  • Be experienced in managing operational aspects including finance, contract, people and risk management
  • Have outstanding relationship management skills including the ability to challenge the status quo and create change
  • Have commitment to developing your cultural capability and capacity in Te Ao Māori

You will also offer the following:

The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangata whenuatanga

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? - Are you ready to make a difference? 

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

We want to provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported. 

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If this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the 'Apply Online' button.

For further information, please contact Ian Green at

Please note that some roles at Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga - Ministry of Education are subject to the requirements of the COVID-19 Public Health (Vaccinations) Order. ​ 

In order for the successful applicant/s to be offered these roles, they will need to comply with the requirement to be vaccinated and agree to provide information and evidence regarding their vaccination status.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 30 January 2022.

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