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Principal Advisor

NZ Ministry of Education
Job Category:
Policy & analysis
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Principal Advisor - Operations & Implementation

Permanent - Fulltime - Wellington - A9


About our team

The Ministry of Education works to shape an education system that delivers excellent and equitable outcomes for New Zealand. The Early Learning and Student Achievement (ELSA) Group sets the system-level learning for every child and student and working between policy and customer facing functions. There is significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group.

Within ELSA, the Secondary Tertiary Team (ST) covers the transition from senior secondary through to foundation tertiary, and focuses on creating a system that supports young people to be successful and make good decisions about their pathways to further study and training. A significant focus of ST is the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) change programme.

We are a practical, fast-paced, and service-oriented team, with a supportive culture.


About the role

We are responsible for participatory design, community engagement, communications and education sector support for the NCEA change programme.  The Principal Advisor will advise on and oversee a range of aspects of the implementation of the NCEA change programme. They will provide strategic advice on change implementation and operational policy, as well as plan and oversee support programmes.  

They will ensure the needs of all learners and stakeholders are considered at all times and that the team's activities are of high quality and contribute to the goals and priorities of the Ministry, as well as the intention and principles of the change programme. 


About you

You may have experience in:

  • Change implementation
  • Operationalising policy
  • Developing programmes, and capability building
  • Leading cross-functional teams

 Ideally, you will have experience working on complex change programmes. Experience in working in the public sector would be an advantage, but is not essential.


Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori ākonga, their whānau, hapū and iwi.


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

Applications close on 13 December 2019.

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