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Senior Advisor

NZ Ministry of Education
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Government, Executive and Ministerial Services (GEMS) is a key interface, managing engagement between Ministers, Parliament and the Ministry.  We work to provide a high-quality service to the Government of the day in a way that increases transparency and the public's trust and confidence in the Ministry of Education.

Our workload is reactive, and we aim to work strategically to ensure the Ministry is open, accountable and well understood by New Zealanders. 

As a member of the GEMS team, your core responsibility will be managing replies to Ministerial correspondence, but you may also work on other things we do in the team. Senior Advisors play a leadership role in GEMS. As a Senior Advisor, it's important that you are able to mentor and support other staff within the team. A key part of your role will be giving advice to Advisors in the team and helping them with challenging pieces of work.

We're looking for a ‘people person' with strong writing skills who people naturally turn to for advice and support in the workplace.  Ideally, you will also have the skills and confidence to lead the team's induction processes for new staff.

This is a fast-paced environment which can involve any aspect of the Ministry's extensive work programme. GEMS people need an enquiring mind, energy, a collaborative approach and the confidence to engage with senior leaders across the Ministry.   In return you will get to work in a dynamic environment and develop a broad view of the Ministry as we shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.  

For further information please contact Hilary Penman, Manager Executive and Ministerial Correspondence on 04 439 5485 or 027 886 1426, or Simon Sanders, Manager, Official and Parliamentary Information on 04 463 8057 or 027 706 5170.

Applications close on 25 September 2017.

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