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Principal Analyst

NZ Ministry of Education
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Data analytics
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Principal Analyst

Evidence, Synthesis and Reporting

Edvidence, Data and Knowledge


  • Permanent
  • Wellington

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

In Evidence Data and Knowledge we create high quality evidence to inform policy and practice.

The Evidence, Synthesis and Reporting team is passionate about developing the education story. We strive to bring together and make sense of all the evidence about the performance of the New Zealand Education system and learners' progress and achievement. This includes analysing, interpreting and communicating the underlying drivers and trends of education progress and achievement.

About this role

We are currently looking for a talented and customer-centric Principal Analyst to join our collaborative team.

Reporting to the Manager Evidence Synthesis and Reporting you will be part of a dynamic team that works across the whole education system. This is a role where you can bring your strategic thinking, analytical and storytelling skills together to make a real difference to children and young people in New Zealand.

As a Principal Analyst in the team you will;

  • Lead the synthesis of evidence and insights that defines the education story.
  • Effectively communicate the education story through a range of written and verbal means.
  • Provide high quality complex statistical analysis, interpretation and reporting to identify insights.
  • Work collaboratively within and across teams to help inform policy and programme decisions that ultimately improve learner outcomes.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • A strong customer focus and innovative approach.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Thought leadership, vision and drive for results.
  • An ability to navigate complex situations effective and efficiently.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience applying quantitative statistical methods, frameworks, tools and techniques to deliver insights. 
  • Demonstrated success and results in a senior advisory role in a complex organisation.
  • Experience in collaborating with and influencing senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • An ability to manage multiple deadlines and work products at once.
  • A strong track record in leading, coaching and mentoring.
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.


If you'd like to join our friendly, supportive team and bring your skills to a rewarding role within an organisation that's continuously reaching goals and striving for a better future for New Zealand, we'd love to hear from you!

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 students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.


For further information, please contact Rebecca Parish at (04) 463 8631 and/or


Applications close on 7 February 2020.

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