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Senior Advisor

NZ Ministry of Education
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Policy & analysis
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Senior Advisor - Ākonga Māori

Secondary Tertiary

Wellington - Permanent, Full Time



About our Group

The Secondary Tertiary team sits within the Early Learning and Student Achievement Group (ELSA), and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary education and employment. Ākonga Māori is focused on supporting equity for all Māori learners across English and Māori medium settings to ensure that their specific and distinct needs are being met and supported.


ELSA works to make learning and teaching relevant, real, and valued. We deliver and maintain critical services for the education sector to support responsive learner pathways from early childhood into further education, training, the workforce, and society. ELSA performs a crucial role working between the strategy and policy teams, and the sector facing functions. The Secondary Tertiary team is responsible for operational policy, curriculum, and support programmes for Year 11-13 learners, the secondary-tertiary interface. For the Ākonga Māori team, this means providing a Te Ao Māori lens on concurrent programmes, projects, and work- streams, including the senior secondary curriculum, NCEA (including the ongoing NCEA Review), and secondary-tertiary programme.


Senior Advisor Role

The Senior Advisor contributes to designing and developing curriculum, teaching, and learning initiatives for senior secondary education to support a smooth transition to further education and the world of work. They provide a Te Ao Māori lens on implementing policy, from design through to implementation, and on the design and delivery of curriculum and assessment content. Collaboration is essential in order provide feedback and broker Māori worldviews, approaches, networks, relationships, and consultation when working alongside internal and external teams. Senior Advisors ensure a deliberate focus on equitable student achievement is maintained by providing thought leadership and guidance in English and Māori medium education.


About the Person

We are looking for someone who is thoughtful, culturally literate, agile, and adept at handling ambiguity and complexity. Our ideal candidate will take pride in producing high quality work, and will be comfortable working independently to achieve defined objectives. The person will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. They will have sharp interpersonal skills, superior writing skills, and will be comfortable working with a diverse range of stakeholders and representing the Ministry.

Please note: we may be seeking more than one person to join our team in this position.


Experience and Qualifications

This role does not have qualification requirements, but it would be useful if candidates had:

  • Curriculum coverage, learning area and/or subject expertise and experience to Level 8 of the curriculum (NCEA L3)
  • Successful experience teaching ākonga Māori
  • Identity, culture, and language competence in English medium settings
  • Experience with Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, and communities
    • Relationships with Māori based professional or recognised organisations and groups e.g. Ako Panuku, Regional Māori teachers associations, Kahu Pūtoi, iwi, hapū, reo Māori/Māori groups
    • Endorsement from school/community/organisations


If this opportunity interests you, apply now using “Apply Online” button. You can view a job description above, or for further information please contact Jason Kora.

P: +6444637073



Applications close Midnight - Thursday 12 December 2019.

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