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Senior Data Analyst

NZ Ministry of Education
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Policy & analysis
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Senior Data Analyst


  • Permanent, full-time role
  • Wellington central


Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.


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

GAVC - Graduate Achievement Vocations and Careers

We lead strategy, policy and performance analysis for Tertiary and International sectors to support a productive, inclusive economy and international linkages. We develop policy about vocational skills, access pathways, international education and student financial support. We manage the Ministry's international engagements and cooperation agreements.


This position sits in the Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis team within the GAVC Group. This team aims to ensure that tertiary education achievement and system performance is backed by evidence, and that policy and strategy decisions are made using the best possible evidence. The team is committed to making tertiary data and high level analysis available as soon as possible after it has been received. This data and more in depth analysis is released on the Ministry's Education Counts website.


About this role

The Senior Data Analyst fully understands the data and data collections that together contribute to the Ministry's understanding of the Tertiary Education information environment. This involves preparing, maintaining and documenting datasets and output tables relating to the tertiary education system. Including ensuring that this information is in the correct format (privacy is ensured) for. sharing and publication.

The Senior Data Analyst is responsible for ensuring all data requests (internal and external) are managed to an agreed standard (including response time, accuracy and fitness of purpose).

The Senior Data Analyst is supported by a Data Analyst and works closely with our Principal Analyst. Other team members are very familiar with the data and available to assist with data queries when needed.


About you

We are looking for a very organised and experienced Senior Analyst. While your team mates will assist you with the data requests they will also require some assistance from you to meet tight timelines. Managing team priorities regarding request management and data production will be a key task for you.

You will have a Data Analyst to assist you in this. The Data Analyst position is a new role and the analyst will require some mentoring and further training.

To be successful in this role, you will be working with key internal and external stakeholders. In particular assisting other groups (internally) and other agencies (externally) with data supply and help using and understanding the data.

You will also offer:

  • advanced Excel and SAS skills
  • a strong focus on quality - both of the data and data presentation
  • skills allowing you to manipulate large data sets made up of unit level data
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

You will be part of a team of 12, all busy using multiple and advanced techniques to further explore tertiary education and other data. They are a generous bunch, very happy to share their knowledge and skills making the team an excellent environment to further develop your existing skills.


Are you ready to make a difference?

While this is a full time, permanent job based in Central Wellington we always try to match the hours of work (start and finish times) to suit the analyst and the team. Most team members have children which means we work in a family friendly environment.


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.


There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.


For further information, please contact Jennifer Scott at 04 463 8709 or by email


Applications close Midnight Friday 18 October.

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