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Principal Advisor - Technical - Wellington OR Christchurch (Strategy & Policy)

NZ Ministry of Education
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Policy & analysis
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

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  • Permanent - Full time
  • Regulatory and technical advisory environment experience?

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 us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS), a part of the Ministry of Education, creates and supports safe, healthy, inspiring and ICT enabled learning environments. EIS manages the Crown's second largest property portfolio of around 2,500 schools with a book value of $17.8 billion, is responsible for the largest payroll in the country, and transports over 100,000 students to and from school each day.

About the role

Reporting to the Senior Manager - Engineering and Design, the Principal Advisor - Technical is a specialist who brings their understanding and perspective of the property and construction industry to work in partnership within EIS to implement nationally significant work programmes that include Weathertightness Remediation, Earthquake Resilience and Design Standards for school buildings.

Your key accountabilities will include:

  • Ensuring that school building remediation and / or. new-build projects comply with the Ministry's standards and guidelines.
  • Developing design and technical guidance to support the Ministry's remediation and new-build school building projects.
  • Promoting and disseminating the Ministry's Weathertightness Remediation and Regulatory Strategy to internal and external stakeholders.

Please note there is further information available in the attached Job Description.

About you

Ideally you will have significant experience in a regulatory and technical advisory environment for building construction specifics, and a tertiary qualification related to the building industry.

You will also offer:

  • Significant experience and knowledge of regulatory building control, the building consent process, Building Act, Regulations and Building Code.
  • Knowledge of current Earthquake Building legislation and typical processes for assessing and strengthening existing buildings.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with weathertightness related issues for existing buildings and legislative expectations, including experience with addressing weathertightness failures and assessing practicalities of proposed remediation solutions.

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.

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.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the Job Description and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button. 

For further information please contact Stephanie Phillips at

Applications close midnight - Sunday 21 July 2019.

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