Senior Adviser

Ministry of Education

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Wellington
  • Focus on the English and/or Mathematics and Statistics Learning Area
  • Professional team environment
  • Permanent, full-time, based in Wellington

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

Te Poutāhū - Curriculum Centre sets the system-level learning for every child and student. Working between policy and customer facing functions, there is a significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group and the education curriculum and teaching workforce outcomes we seek for New Zealand.

About Curriculum, Pathways and Progress

The role of the Curriculum, Pathways and Progress group is to set the direction for what students learn, how they progress and how school leaders and teachers can achieve that for every child and student across school years 1 to 13.

The group uses evidence and educational trends to design targeted solutions, resources, tools and services that lift educational achievement for all.

The group co-designs and co‑develops innovative approaches to achieve policy intentions, plans successful implementation strategies and monitors to ensure a return on investment.

Mō tēnei tūranga - About this role

The Senior Adviser will support the design of supports and the workstreams to deliver the literacy and communication and math strategy.

This role requires knowledge and experience of The New Zealand Curriculum; specific experience of either English or Mathematics would be an advantage.

Mōhou ake - About you

We are looking for people who are able to work at pace and manage set tasks and projects, but you will also notice pressure points, take the initiative, and act. Your personal qualities will include taking pride in producing written work and other forms of communication of the highest quality every time and have a proven ability to get the job done. In this role you will be expected to have the kind of interpersonal savviness that means you relate well with all kinds of people.

To be successful in the role, you will need to have proven knowledge and ability to:

  • manage planning and reporting cycles and requirements within government
  • convey abstract and/or complex ideas in clear, practical and concrete terms, tailored for the audience
  • demonstrate well-developed problem solving and analytical skills, with an ability to work co-operatively with others to solve problems or complete tasks.

If you'd like to bring your skills to a rewarding role within an organisation that's continuously reaching goals and striving for a better future for New Zealand, we'd love to hear from you.

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.

There is more information in the job description attached. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the 'apply' button.

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 more information, please contact Veronica Harvey at

Applications close on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, however, please note that if ideal candidates are found during this time, we will move forward with screening and interviewing sooner.



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