Principal Advisor

Ministry of Education

  • Fixed Term
  • Wellington
  • Fixed-term to April 2023
  • Wellington based

About our group

The Secondary Tertiary group sits within Te Poutāhū (Curriculum) and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

Te Poutāhū 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. Te Poutāhū 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.

Mō tēnei tūranga - About the role

The Principal Adviser is part of the Teacher Only Day's team that has been established to co-design and support the implementation of eight additional teacher only days.

The Principal Adviser leads, inspires, supports, and motivates others in the design and implementation of the goals, actions and purpose of the Ministry and intention and principals of the Secondary Tertiary team.

Mōhou ake - 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.

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

Candidates will have knowledge and/or experience in the following:

  • Providing high level advice, at a national level
  • Significant relationship building and management experience including liaising with, communicating to, consulting with and influencing stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and experience using the evidence base that supports quality education and leadership
  • Business and strategic reporting experience in government, in particular facilitating with senior leaders to achieve results
  • Sound understanding of the machinery of government, public sector delivery structures and systems

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? - 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.

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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 Ellen Johnston at

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

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

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 2 February 2022.

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