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Principal Advisor

Tertiary Education Commission
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

If you're looking for an exciting role that allows you to support learners to achieve their aspirations, then come and join us at the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). We believe in the transformational benefits of education and vocational training and as a result, we invest $3 billion a year in tertiary education and training.

It's an exciting time to be working at TEC as we expand our role from investment in tertiary education, to lifting the aspirations and skills of all New Zealanders from ages 7 to 74. We are developing tools and providing information to help all New Zealanders navigate a path of lifelong learning for fulfilling careers and successful lives.

We are seeking an experienced Principal Advisor to join our Relationship Support (Business & Content) team. This in-demand team of nine know how to get work done and have fun. The team works across the customer-facing and internal teams to provide our colleagues with the advice and information they need to succeed. As well as working on complex matters, the Principal Advisor plays a leadership role in the team through mentoring staff and acting as Team Manager when necessary.


What will you be doing?

  • Leading the development and provision of information to support our relationship teams to engage with diverse groups of stakeholders on strategic initiatives and priorities, delivery and performance.
  • Develop and mentor team members, particularly in the development of written skills, relationship building, critical thinking and political acuity.
  • Play a critical role in TEC's funding and investment processes.
  • Champion the role of the team in achieving our strategic and operational objectives.
  • Work across the business, building networks, collaborating and influencing to get the job done. 
  • Act as Team Manager when necessary.
  • Review and respond to Ministerial items.


What can you bring?

  • Your passion for building relationships and working collaboratively.
  • Political savvy and confidence working thorugh ambiguity.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Fresh ideas and strategic thinking to ensure we provide value and insights to the wider TEC.
  • Emotional intelligence, initiative and the confidence to make decisions independently.
  • An inquisitive mindset and passion for customer engagement to understand customer needs.


What will you get in return?

  • A supportive manager and team, keen to invest in your professional development.
  • Collaborative and engaging culture.
  • $118k – $138k+, depending on experience.
  • A wide range of benefits including flexible working options.


If this sounds of interest, please apply now. Applications close on Thursday 21st of November. For more information see the position description or if you have any questions, please contact


The TEC is an equal opportunity employer and committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. We look forward to your application.


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