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Assist Advisor

NZ Ministry of Education
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Assistant Advisor

Early Childhood Education



  • Based in Wellington CBD
  • Full Time Permanent


In the Early Childhood Education Resourcing and Operations Group we really care about New Zealand's youngest group of learners. We are looking for people who share our passion.


Our job is to empower the early learning sector to meet standards in a system that drives continuous improvement and accountability. We do this through a mix of:

  • advice and guidance
  • support to  regional staff making licensing and certification decisions
  • contracting of service providers to raise participation and quality
  • clarifying interpretations and determine impacts on new legislation
  • professional development and training support.


Do you want to make a difference?

We are looking for someone special to join our group. The assistant adviser role in our Regulations and Planning team is now available due to internal promotion. For this role you do not need an early childhood education background but you do need to be good at writing and collaborative problem solving. You will enjoy working with others, turning complex regulatory and licensing stuff into information that a wide audience can understand. As you will be responsible for monitoring and processing of grant funding payments, you must have good Excel and Word skills.


We have great people who bring enthusiasm, energy and intellectual curiosity. We work in a fast-paced environment. That's code for, there's always a lot to do! So, you will also be good at planning, prioritising and juggling. 


If you want to make a difference for young New Zealanders, and you want an opportunity to contribute to new thinking, then we are listening.


Among the skills you will bring:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field or. significant practical experience
  • Strong time management and organisational skills
  • A sound understanding of relationship management, preferably within an education context or. working with Māori providers or. non-government organisations
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships across a diverse group of contacts
  • Ability to work toward results, demonstrate judgement, consult and seek advice where necessary
  • Have the ability to assess the opportunities, risks, feasibility, costs and benefits of operational policy design options to contribute to business cases


For a confidental enquiry, plese contact Colin Meehan at

Please note that applications sent directly to this email will not be accepted. Please apply by clicking the 'apply now' button.


Applications close Midnight - 24 July 2019.

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