Senior Advisor

Ministry of Education

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Wellington

Full-time, fixed-term

Help shape the future of education

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

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga - Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.

We help shape the policies, settings, and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling, and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.

About our group and team

The Secondary Tertiary team sits within 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 this role

The Senior Advisor will be involved in implementing policy, from design through to operationalisation. They will help shape a senior secondary education system that delivers quality and equitable pathways for all learners, allowing them to transition successfully for a life of learning, earning, caring and contributing.

They will support this through providing high quality advice, insight and support for subject matter experts and external suppliers to develop content, products, instructional materials, and tools for distribution on our senior secondary and secondary-tertiary web and print channels. They will also plan, manage, source and deliver high quality content and/or instructional or support materials themselves, when required.

The Senior Advisor will be part of the team currently delivering the NCEA Change Programme, School Leaver's Toolkit, and Vocational Education in schools. The Senior Advisor will have a focus on supporting meaningful pathways for learners through the NCEA qualification.

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.

Mōhou ake - About you

The person we seek will be an adaptable, fast learner who can appreciate the importance of well delivered projects so we can make the best difference to all New Zealanders. Our ideal candidate will take pride in producing high quality work, be an innovative thinker, have leadership skills 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 Te Tiriti o 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 ideally have the following:

  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga
  • Experience working within the public sector and understanding of the political environment
  • Strategic thinking (i.e. sees issues through a range of lenses and stakeholder perspectives; and recognises broader implications and connections between issues and how these impact Senior Secondary digital channels
  • Experience implementing and following NZ government web standards, accessibility and usability principles
  • Ability to engage with a range of stakeholders confidently and appropriately 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
  • Proven ability to build and maintain constructive relationships and effective networks across organisations
  • Have an understanding of user experience (UX) principles and information architecture (IA)(experience with Silverstripe, Drupal, or similar content management systems would be beneficial but not essential)
  • Monitor digital channels usage, and provide information and insights to content owners
  • Provide specialist advice and services, including user experience guidance, writing content strategy and management plans; and business acceptance testing
  • Exposure to agile ways of working
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and effectively manage competing demands
  • Ability to take initiative, identify opportunities, operate in a self-directed fashion, and set and achieve goals

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. So, if working from home and/or having a flexible start and finish to the day will help with this, we can usually make it happen. We'd love to hear what this might look like for you, so feel free to outline this in your cover letter.

In your cover letter we'd like to know:

  • about you, your values, your whakapapa
  • your interest and motivations for this role
  • the abilities, strengths, personal attributes, and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.

The Ministry encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated although currently this is a voluntary requirement. There is no requirement to show evidence of your vaccine status as this role is not covered by the Public Health (Vaccinations) Order.

For further information, please contact Oscar Hanlin at

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 21 August 2022.

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