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NZ Ministry of Education
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  • Fixed Term - Fulltime - To 30 June 2020
  • Schools Payroll Holidays Act Programme


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 our group and team

The Strategy, Planning and Governance (SPG) group works across the Ministry providing strategic governance, accountability and transparency, communications, stakeholder, legal, risk and assurance, planning and monitoring expertise to ensure the Ministry's work is robust, properly considered and well represented to its stakeholders.


About this role

This role will provide support to the Ministry's Education Payroll Holidays Act Programme.

The Secretary for Education is required to establish and maintain a payroll that school boards of trustees are expected to use.  The Education Payroll team within EIS looks after the schools payroll for the Secretary.  It is the largest single payroll in New Zealand, disbursing around $4.5 billion annually to approx. 91,000 principals, teachers and support staff every fortnight.

The purpose of the Schools Payroll Holidays Act Programme (the Programme) is to ensure that all school staff paid through the schools payroll receive their correct Holidays Act related entitlements in accordance with legislation and their employment agreements.  This includes resolving past non-compliance and ensuring future compliance of the school payroll service.

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

About you

You will have a current practicing certificate (or ability to obtain one), with at least 3 years post-qualification experience, a sound understanding of machinery of government and relevant legislation e.g. Official Information  Act 1982 and familiarity with employment law, with education sector experience being desirable.

You will also offer:

  • Strong research, investigative, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated in complex and demanding environments
  • High level of integrity, self-motivation, flexibility and responsiveness
  • Sound judgement, and confidence to provide advice, make recommendations and take a position

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 attached and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements please apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button. 

For further information please contact Antoinette Russell at

Applications close on 25 August 2019.

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