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Lead Adviser - Implementation Design

NZ Ministry of Education
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Policy & analysis
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Job Description

Lead Adviser - Implementation Design


  • Permanent Full time
  • Based in Wellington


About us

At the Ministry of Education, our people shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. Our sights are set on ensuring our education system serves every individual child and young person fairly, and creates the best foundation for equal opportunity. Our organisation is full of hugely talented people, from a wide range of backgrounds. They work collaboratively, setting goals and reaching them, to shape a world-leading education system. Our people are broadening their own horizons and, ensuring our education system is equipped to broaden the horizons of our children and young people, thus ensuring the best possible future for New Zealand.


We get the job done - Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi

We are respectful, we listen, we learn - He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou

We back ourselves and others to win - Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake kia wikitoria

We work together for maximum impact - Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui tonu


Great results are our bottom line - Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga mutunga


About our team

The Early Learning and Student Achievement Group sets the system-level learning for every child and student. Working between policy and customer facing functions, there is a significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group and the education curriculum and teaching workforce outcomes we seek for New Zealand.   

The role of the Pathways & Progress group is to set the direction for what students learn, how they progress and how school leaders and teachers can achieve that for every child and student across school years 1 to 13. 

The group uses evidence and educational trends to design targeted solutions, resources, tools and services that lift educational achievement for all. The group co-designs and co-develops innovative approaches to achieve policy intentions, plans successful implementation strategies and monitors to ensure a return on investment. 

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who will enrich our focus on learners and the education workforce.


About the role

The Lead Adviser is responsible for ensuring coherent, successful implementation design of sector focussed initiatives and change and that Ministry staff and the sector are supported with appropriate resources.  This role provides leadership across specific pieces of work within the implementation design work programme to ensure a focus on effective delivery.


About you

We are looking for people who are able to work at pace and manage set tasks and projects, but also notice pressure points, take the initiative, and act.  Your personal qualities will include taking pride in producing written work and other forms of communication of the highest quality every time, and you will have the kind of interpersonal savviness that means you relate well with all kinds of people.  You also have the background experience and skills that will contribute to the team successfully providing high quality services to the sector and across the Ministry. Understanding of communication and change and implementation approaches is desirable.

This role may suit someone with experience in change management, user centred design and/or successful large-scale project implementation. Experience in educational change leadership is not required, but would be beneficial.

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?

There is more information in the position description attached, please review and if this opportunity interests you and you meet the requirements, please apply now using the apply online button.


For further information please contact Lauren Griffiths on 04 439 5451 or. at


Applications close Midnight - 26 July 2019.

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