24 Jun 2020

Full-Time Policy Analyst and Senior Policy Analyst – Wellington

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationAnywhere


Job Description

Multiple roles – Budget Strategy and Coordination team

  • Senior Policy Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Permanent, full-time
  • 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

Successful candidates will join our policy community and be based in the Education System Policy Group.

We are a group with a strong policy culture that works on issues affecting a huge system that directly impacts the lives of all New Zealanders.

Our focus is strategic policy advice. We are interested in the long-term health of the system. We provide advice to enable an education system which contributes to the skills and knowledge needed by people for social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing.

About the team

The Budget Strategy and Coordination team (the Team) manages the Ministry of Education’s annual Budget process.

This includes:

  • running Education Portfolio budget processes for:
    – cost pressure initiatives
    – developing new initiatives
    – expenditure reprioritisation and savings options
  • producing budget-related communications
  • advising on strategy and investment priorities across the education portfolio.

The team sets the Ministry’s strategy for the government’s annual budget process and coordinates budget bids across Vote Education and Vote Tertiary Education. Team members work across all parts of the Ministry to guide budget initiatives through Ministry of Education and Treasury frameworks.

As much of the work involves facilitating stakeholders’ and decision makers’ engagement in the budget process, ideal candidates will have excellent communication and relationship management skills, an eye for detail and relish the challenge of meeting tight deadlines. Familiarity with the government budget process, especially in an education context would be highly desirable. Applications are also welcome from candidates interested in secondment / rotation.

About the roles

Senior Policy Analyst

The Senior Policy Analyst is a leading member of the Budget team. She / he is experienced in critical thinking and analysis, and developing advice in a political setting and has excellent relationship management skills. This role will appeal to an experienced analyst who is looking to extend their career by working with multiple internal and external stakeholders and decision makers and supporting the development of more junior staff. Experience in budget / finance work within the public sector would be highly desirable.

Policy Analyst

The Policy Analyst will be new in their policy career and looking to develop their expertise by drawing on the experience of more senior colleagues. This role will appeal to someone interested in undertaking analysis on a broad range of Education budget issues involving moderate complexity, potential conflict and sensitivity. It involves exposure to multiple internal and external stakeholders and managing information to support budget-related decision making.

We can offer you:

  • Important and rewarding work contributing to improving New Zealand’s education system.
  • A high profile work programme with the chance to work on fundamental issues
  • Great culture – diverse, inclusive, with a commitment to developing our people

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.

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/656386_JobDesc.pdf

If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.

For further information, please contact Anne Fontaine at


How to Apply

Applications close on Wednesday, 8 July 2020.

Job Categories: Coordinators and Advisors. Job Types: Full-Time. Job expires in Endless.

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