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Lead Advisor

NZ Ministry of Education
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Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū

Lead Advisor - Attendance and Engagement

Full-time permanent position based in Whanganui or Palmerston North


An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, innovative education professional to join our fantastic regional team.  This is a unique opportunity to play a part in championing 21st century teaching and learning and positively influencing change in schools and kura.

Do you like variety and challenge? Do you have a passion for improving educational achievement for all children and young people, particularly Māori and Pasifika? If you're enthusiastic and committed to creating successful educational pathways and building collaborative relationships, this could be the role for you.

Student attendance, along with effective teaching has the greatest influence on student engagement and achievement.  Regularly attending school really matters, right from the first days at primary school to the end of secondary school. Children and young people need to have every opportunity to learn and participate in school. Attending school is key to setting our young people up for life, as well as being required by law.

This role oversees the work programme that supports the individual student pathway for children and young people, particularly those who are disengaged from education. The Lead Advisor provides leadership to ensure coherent, successful design, development, implementation and delivery of a variety of initiatives. They will also facilitate system-wide improvements to support learners to move through education to employment.


Your key priorities will include:

  • Working with staff that support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, individual kura/schools to significantly improve their student achievement and the systems and infrastructure that support this.
  • Using detailed analysis of schools/kura performance and student achievement to influence change and maximise education outcomes for students.
  • Engaging with parent, families, whānau to support students to be engaged in education.
  • Brokering support for parent, families, whānau, schools/kura to get students engaged in education - this may include building capability and strengthening governance and management, regulatory compliance, curriculum, monitoring and assessment, student and whānau, family and community engagement.


To be successful in this role you will need to be an exceptional communicator with proven skills in building and managing strong, effective relationships.

You will also offer:

  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work with student achievement data to determine needs and priorities;
  • Cultural competence, capability and credibility and understanding the relevance of identity; language and culture for Māori, Pasifika and students with special education needs;
  • An understanding of Ka Hikitia, the Pasifika Education Plan and Success for All and how these documents impact on the work; Successful experience of working with school leaders, Boards of Trustees or Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to strengthen school practice and raise student achievement;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 


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

For further information please contact Dianne Wilson, Education Manager, at or phone 027 501 4443.


Applications close 27 May 2018.

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