Lead Secondary Advisor | Wellington

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Permanent, full-time role

Are you passionate about achieving equitable outcomes for ākonga Māori in education along with secondary schooling and wharekura pathway?

Do you have skills and experiences that can contribute to making education more relevant to the realities of day-to-day society? 

Are you a system-thinker who can turn ideas and principles into action? 

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.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by

  • Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi. 
  • Giving priority to regional and local voice. 
  • Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improving feedback loops and information flows. 

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa 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

The Ākonga Māori team sits in the Secondary Tertiary Group within Te Poutāhū and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment. The Ākonga Māori team is focused on supporting all Māori learners across English and Māori medium settings to ensure that their diverse needs are being met and supported. We support the development of operational policy, teaching and learning programmes, and the secondary-tertiary interface. We work collaboratively with NZQA to ensure alignment of our mutual mahi and processes.

Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role

The Lead Secondary Adviser (LSA) role will work within one of four workstreams within the Ākonga Māori team. Here they

  • Will focus on the RAS components of the programme which could include facilitating Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) to develop high quality RAS TMoA or NZC products
  • Engage, communicate and facilitate wānanga with Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and communities, this could also include leading and managing all aspects of procurements for the RAS TMoA or NZC programme.
  • Work collaboratively with stakeholders like LSAs, RAS TMoA Lead Advisors and Managers, NZQA SEG members, sector leaders, education agencies.
  • Provide NCEA change initiatives to support improvement by focusing on what is and isn't working for teaching professionals to tailor and customise approaches to meet identified needs.

Mōhou ake | About you

  • Take responsibility and lead the development of resources including curriculum related and TMoA NCEA achievement standard development.
  • Prior stakeholder's engagement experience including school leaders, teachers, tertiary providers and wider communities; whānau, hapū and iwi to support decision making and sustain improvement and change.
  • You should be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and be able to articulate their understanding of mana ōrite mo te mātauranga Māori.
  • Your interpersonal skills and superior writing skills will complement their ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders as a representative of the Ministry.

Experience and qualifications

  • Candidates will ideally have an extensive background in middle to senior leadership roles within the NZ secondary sector and/or experience in facilitating diverse groups.
  • A Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline which reflects an understanding of the National Curriculum and assessment and NZ Diploma of Teaching (or equivalent).
  • Mēnā he matatau ki te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, he wana ake tērā.
  • A deep understanding of current pedagogical practice and NCEA related assessment practice is necessary. 

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 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 Mikaela Haenga at Mikaela.Haenga@education.govt.nz

Applications close Midnight - 14 August 2022.



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