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Project Coordinator

NZ Ministry of Education
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Project Coordinator


About us

At the Ministry of Education, our people shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. Our sights are set on ensuring our education system serves every individual child and young person fairly, and creates the best foundation for equal opportunity. Our organisation is full of hugely talented people, from a wide range of backgrounds. They work collaboratively, setting goals and reaching them, to shape a world-leading education system. Our people are broadening their own horizons and, ensuring our education system is equipped to broaden the horizons of our children and young people, thus ensuring the best possible future for New Zealand.


We get the job done - Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi

We are respectful, we listen, we learn - He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou

We back ourselves and others to win - Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake kia wikitoria

We work together for maximum impact - Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui tonu

Great results are our bottom line - Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga mutunga


About our team

The Early Learning & Student Achievement Group (ELSA)

The Early Learning and Student Achievement Group sets the system-level learning for every child and student. Working between policy and customer facing functions, there is a significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group and the education curriculum and teaching workforce outcomes we seek for New Zealand.  


About Pathways & Progress

The role of the Pathways & Progress group is to set the direction for what students learn, how they progress and how school leaders and teachers can achieve that for every child and student across school years 1 to 13.  The group uses evidence and educational trends to design targeted solutions, resources, tools and services that lift educational achievement for all.  The group co-designs and co‑develops innovative approaches to achieve policy intentions, plans successful implementation strategies and monitors to ensure a return on investment.


Cross Government Agencies

Some of the initiatives that this role will interact with were jointly designed by government agencies.  We expect the Project Coordinator to work closely with the Ministry and have direct relationships with associated government agencies.


About the role

This role involves the planning and management of programmes within Early Learning and Student Achievement. The Project Coordinator will maintain all documentation relating to the project tasked with and its activities, including project plans, reports, risk registers, communications products and provide analysis and advice to the Senior Advisers to decision-making around processes and systems, resource allocation and work priorities. This role will also link across the wider work of the wider agencies and the people on the ground delivering the work as required to ensure relationships are maintained.


About you

The person in this role has significant experience working in project and programme environments. You can anticipate project/programme needs, work at pace and manage set tasks and projects, as well as noticing pressure points and taking the initiative to resolve them. Your personal qualities include taking pride in producing written work and other forms of communication of the highest quality every time, and you have a proven ability to get the job done. You have the kind of interpersonal savviness that means you relate well with all kinds of people. Your background experience and skills contribute to the team providing high quality services to the sector and across the ministry and partner agencies.

  • Great communication skills
  • Strong customer focus
  • Able to write well
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Well-organised and able to manage multiple pieces of work
  • Certifications in project disciplines are desirable

Are you ready to make a difference?

There is more information in the position description attached, please review and if this opportunity interests you and you meet the requirements, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.


For further information please contact Lauren Griffiths on 04 439 5451 or at


Applications close on 26 June 2019.

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