Lead Advisor
Education in New Zealand
6d ago

Lead Advisor, Interventions Review, Strategy & Implementation

  • Fixed term or secondment to September 2022
  • National Office, Wellington
  • Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

    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 3,000 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 and team

    Our aim is to put children and young people at the heart of the education system and encourage all New Zealanders to participate in lifelong learning.

    The Sector Enablement and Support Group is the key interface between the Ministry and early learning schools and kura services me ngā kōhanga reo, education providers, and communities.

    About this role

    This role will be in place for 18 months to be part of a small team involved in the national review of the supports available for children and young people with the highest levels of learning support needs, commissioned by Ministers through the Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025.

    The purpose of the review is to ensure we provide the right supports for children and young people to have positive education outcomes and achieve their full potential.

    The Lead Advisor will help work on the Review of Interventions for Students with the Highest Level of Learning Support Needs Project.

  • The Lead Advisor will design and oversee a range of deliverables including analysis, discussion papers, reports and advice;
  • to coordinate engagement and co-construction with stakeholders; and to ensure work is undertaken collaboratively across the Ministry.

    This is a wide-ranging position, and some of your responsibilities will include :

  • Supporting the development and maintenance of the project plan and align and sequence activities to ensure that linkages and dependencies between related projects and initiatives are identified and managed.
  • Ensuring the delivery of the Interventions Review project and work-streams is to the appropriate level of quality.
  • Providing advice to and ensure Managers haveall the relevant information and context to enable effective and timely decision making.
  • Ensuring stakeholders are communicated with at appropriate levels and intervals.
  • Initiating change requests and other management interventions wherever gaps in the project are identified or issues arise.
  • Analysing and understanding impact on the overall work programme of issues, risks , and dependencies and provides advice and guidance to management on how to manage the implications
  • Please note there is further information in the attached Job Description.

    About you

    Your background should include project management experience, ideally in the public sector and the ability to demonstrate the following experience :

  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Sound project management skills and experience
  • Experience in working with diverse stakeholder interests
  • Working in flexible ways to manage moving priorities.
  • Able to focus and deliver results in a busy demanding environment.
  • Assertive clear communicator who is confident to test ideas and concepts with others.
  • A team player who works to both support and challenge colleagues.
  • To be successful in the role, you'll be working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders, developing relationships at senior levels.

    You'll be conveying your ideas through high quality oral and written communications. We'll count on you to shape, frame and design our process and thinking using a diverse and inclusive approach.

    You will also offer :

  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • understanding of the provision of learning supports in the New Zealand education system would be an advantage.
  • You'll be joining a small, high-performing team with a culture of constructive open-minded debate and working together to make an impact.

    As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

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