Lead Advisor

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent
  • Wellington
  • Permanent role
  • Wellington based

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa and welcome.

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

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 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

The Secondary Tertiary team sits within the Te Poutāhū and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

Te Poutāhū delivers and maintains critical services 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 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 implementing the NCEA Review changes through the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) and secondary-tertiary programmes.

Mō tēnei tūranga - About the role

The Lead Advisor, Pathways and Transitions provides leadership over the design, development, and implementation of policy, and on the design and delivery of curriculum and assessment policy, tools, and services. The role ensures that a deliberate focus on student achievement is maintained by providing thought leadership and guidance in senior secondary education, with a focus on the Secondary-Tertiary interface.

The Lead Advisor works closely with a team of Senior Advisors, and is responsible for the coordination of work and the fostering of a team culture in which values the diversity of people, experiences, and backgrounds.

The Lead Advisor is part of the team currently delivering the NCEA Review and related initiatives to support social, emotional and life skills education, careers education, and vocational education in schools.

Mōhou ake - About the person

  • Prior stakeholder engagement experience as you will be working with the wider Te Poutāhū team and Ministry
  • You will work consistently to established timeframes, managing own input and ensuring others' contributions are made to enable work to progress
  • You will work to translate strategies, priorities and opportunities into coherent packages of work with clear mandate, scope, logic, outcomes, delivery roadmaps and resourcing, with a focus on moving ideas from development to delivery
  • Your communication skills will be excellent, and you will be able to act proactively to ensure smooth team operations and effective collaboration
  • Familiar knowledge and understanding of sensitive cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • You will be able to articulate an understanding of Mana ōrite mo te mātauranga Māori as it applies to NCEA
  • Your interpersonal skills and superior writing skills will complement your ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders as a representative of the Ministry

Experience and qualifications:

  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga
  • Experience in working within the public sector and understanding of the political environment and how related issues should be managed
  • Strategic thinking (i.e. sees issues through a range of lenses and stakeholder perspectives; and recognises broader implications and connections between issues)
  • An understanding of end-to-end cycle of Procurement and Contracts within Government
  • 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

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.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/711917_JobDesc.pdf

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

Please state in your application which role you are wishing to apply for, or for further information please contact Ellen Johnston at ellen.johnston@education.govt.nz

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday, 18 January 2022.

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.​

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

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