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Career Pathways Lead

NZ Ministry of Education
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  • Secondary Tertiary Team - Career Pathways Lead
  • Fixed Term -  until August 2018
  • Wellington Based


Career Pathways Lead


About our Group

Secondary Tertiary - covers the transition from senior secondary through to further education and employment. Our focus is on local and national curriculum design, development and support; quality teaching and learning; assessment practice and the NCEAs; and on pathways to support young people to make successful transitions and coherent decisions on steps to further study and training.


About the role

Over the next 12 months the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary of Education will work with Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako and schools to explore new approaches to deliver better careers education to children and young people. This will include testing curriculum-integrated approaches to careers education, and exploring the transformative potential of personalised pathways approaches that promote young people's agency, innovative local curriculum design, and the leveraging of real time data on progress and achievement.


The Career Pathways Lead provides leadership to ensure coherent, successful implementation and delivery of these changes, and that participating staff and services are supported with appropriate resources.  They will also facilitate system-wide improvements to support learners to move through education to employment.


They also provide leadership across the work programme to ensure a focus on doing what works to raise student achievement.  They analyse information that ensures that the group's activities are contributing to the goals and priorities of the Ministry.  They support the strategic overview of group priorities ensuring the needs of all learners are appropriately considered, and as necessary, addressed in curriculum development, implementation and change.


About the person

The person in this role will ideally have had prior secondary schooling experience in a middle or senior leadership role, and/or experience in operational or frontline public sector roles. They will also have engaged with organisational or system strategy and planning for improvement. Knowledge of careers education; the Vocational Pathways and curriculum design; and other Youth Guarantee initiatives would be helpful.


You will be comfortable leading change in local communities, working closely with diverse stakeholders, and helping others to plan, manage and deliver programmes of change. The ability to lead complex change projects, work at pace, and be agile in managing multiple priorities is important. 


Your personal qualities will include taking pride in producing written work of the highest quality every time, the ability to connect with a range of stakeholders in person, and to influence them to undertake challenging tasks, and the capacity o lead others through change processes.  You will have strong design and evaluative capability with a proven ability to get the job done. 


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Applications close on Wednesday 27 September 2017

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