Principal Advisor
Education in New Zealand
1d ago

Principal Advisor - Operations & Implementation

Wellington - Permanent, Full Time

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

The Secondary Tertiary Group sits within Early Learning and Student Achievement (ELSA) and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

ELSA works to make learning and teaching relevant, real and valued. We deliver and maintain critical services for the education sector to support responsive learner pathways from early childhood into further education, training, the workforce and society.

ELSA performs a crucial role working between the strategy and policy teams, and the sector facing functions.

The Secondary Tertiary Group 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 the ongoing NCEA Review and preparing for the Review of Achievement Standards) and secondary-tertiary pathways and transitions.

Principal Advisor role

The Operations & Implementation Team is responsible for the successful implementation of the NCEA change programme. The team provides services to the programme, including participatory design, planning and delivering implementation support for the sector, community and stakeholder engagement, and communications.

The Principal Adviser leads, inspires, supports, and motivates others in the design and implementation of the goals, actions and purpose of the Ministry and intention and principals of the change programme.

The Principal Adviser supports the Operations and Implementation team with guiding and leading the implementation of the NCEA Review of Achievement Standards and other projects across Secondary Tertiary.

About the person

We are looking for someone who is thoughtful, agile and adept at handling ambiguity and complexity. Our ideal candidate will take pride in producing high quality work 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 the Treaty of Waitangi.

They will have sharp interpersonal skills, superior writing skills, and will be comfortable representing the Ministry in working with a diverse range of stakeholders and in public settings.

Experience and qualifications

Candidates will have ideally have :

  • 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).
  • Strong written and oral communication with impact (i.e. conveys energy, urgency, confidence, and a sense of ease).
  • Fosters a continuous improvement culture across the team (i.e. so that team members are encouraged and empowered to identify and seize opportunities to enhance business performance).
  • Coaches and mentors' individuals (i.e. invests time in coaching and mentoring their staff, to assist them enhance the capabilities required in their current roles and the roles they aspire to).
  • Purposeful about where they invest their time (i.e. takes a deliberate work management approach which strikes an effective balance between proactive and responsive work activities).
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
  • Teaching experience an advantage.
  • 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

  • The Ministry is committed to the Treaty of Waitangi including working for and with Māori education professionals, teachers;
  • and students, their whānau, hapū and iwi

    There is more information in the job description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, and you meet the requirements, please apply now using the apply online' button.

    Applications close Tuesday 18 May 2021.

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