Special Education Advisor at NZ Ministry of Education, Bay of Plenty
Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role
Special Education Advisor
Fixed term, full-time
• We have a big and important job to do, and we need your help
• Make a real difference in children and young people's lives
• Work as part of a trans-disciplinary team of dedicated professionals
Use your specialist skills and experience to help maximise learning and promote social inclusion for children and young people with learning support needs.
Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education is looking for a fixed term Special Education Advisors to be part of a close-knit, community-focused team that maximises learning and promotes social inclusion for children and young people with learning support needs.
This role is based at our Whakatāne Office in one of New Zealand's sunniest locations, offering a fantastic lifestyle and work-life balance opportunity. Applicants who live in Tauranga, Rotorua or the surrounding Bay of Plenty areas and are willing to commute may also be interested in this role.
Help shape the future of Education
He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga
We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes
At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.
We help shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.
Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa 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.
Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown. We are committed to having Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the forefront of our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.
About our group and team
Te Mahau | Te Tai Whenua (Central) is a frontline group. Our frontline groups collectively provide leadership and integrated services to the sector and others. This includes services such as learning support and education advice, and regulation functions for schools and early learning services.
Learning Support is a critical part of the Te Mahau | Te Tai Whenua (Central) Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education.
Our Learning Support specialists work closely with families, whānau, caregivers, schools and early childhood educators in English and Māori medium settings and other agencies to help maximise learning outcomes and promote social inclusion.
To learn more about Learning Support, the roles we offer, frequently asked questions, and more, click here.
Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role
As a Special Education Advisor, you will play a critical role in our region's Learning Support team by:
• Identifying patterns or contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour.
• Supporting parents and whānau, teachers and schools to meet the learning support needs of children and young people.
• Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a range of professional partners, community and sector groups and support agencies to ensure that services are coordinated and effective.
• Enhancing inclusive practices in early learning services, schools and other educational settings.
• Assessing, collaboratively planning, supporting and monitoring the implementation of individual (or group) intervention plans.
Mōhou ake | About you
To be successful you will need:
• A Bachelor of Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education/Education Psychology.
• Experience working with children and young people with learning needs in a classroom or other relevant setting.
• Experience of supporting other education professionals to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families/whānau and teachers across a diverse range of settings.
• The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.
Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?
We are committed to reflecting the diverse communities we serve, and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities.
All applications must be submitted online via the link below. There is more information about this position in the job description attached. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and CV by using the ‘Apply for this job' link below.
In your cover letter we'd like to know about you, your values, your whakapapa or anything you'd like to share about your cultural identity. We're keen to know your motivations, strengths, transferable skills, and the diverse perspectives you will bring to the role.
If you need any further information, please contact Pennie Muldoon at 07 349 7464 and/or email Pennie.Muldoon@education.govt.nz.
Applications close on Tuesday, 6 December 2022.
Please note that applications will be assessed as they are received, and we may progress suitable candidates to interview during that time. We also reserve the right to close our advertising early if successful candidates are found.
Don't delay and apply now!
Ngā taipitopito tūranga mahi | Job details
|Employer:||NZ Ministry of Education|
|Location:||Bay of Plenty|
|Position type:||Fixed term full-time|
|Attachment:||Job Description - Special Education Adviser.pdf (PDF, 287KB)
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