20 May 2022

Full-Time Principal Advisor

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationWellington, Wellington, New Zealand

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Job Description

Principal Advisor, Office of the Deputy Secretary – Te Mahau – Te Tai Runga

  • Play a critical role in strategic and operational delivery of Education
  • An exciting opportunity to work closely with senior leaders, including the Deputy Secretary – Te Mahau – Te Tai Runga
  • Te Whanganui-ā-Tara – Wellington based

Help shape the future of education

He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga.

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whanau.

We help shape the policies, settings, and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by doing the following:

  • Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Giving priority to regional and local voice
  • Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support
  • Improving feedback loops and information flows

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across Aotearoa from a wide range of backg rounds 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.

Mō tēnei tūranga – About this role

The Principal Advisor, Office of the Deputy Secretary is part of a team that supports the Deputy Secretary and Te Mahau – Te Tai Runga with strategic and operational advice and support.

You will also provide support and thought leadership for the Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary – Hautū and will operate with a high degree of judgement and understanding of complexity and managing risks to ensure all activities are delivered to a high standard.

Mōhou ake – About you

You’re hardworking and place importance and value on delivering outcomes. You have a proven track record of providing high quality strategic and operational advice and support to senior leaders, are comfortable managing a wide range of work and adept at dealing with ambiguity. You’re able to anticipate and effectively manage risks and issues and can work across all levels of an organisation.

You will bring with you the following:

  • Previous experience working at both a strategic and operational level across a complex organisation
  • Strong action orientation and an ability to deliver on multiple, often competing priorities
  • Ability to work at pace to deliver quality work on time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with experience of crafting and reviewing policy and planning documents along with strategic briefings
  • Exemplary stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and navigate ambiguity
  • Understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for the work of the Ministry

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? – Are you ready to make a difference?

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

We provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported. So, if working from home and/or having a flexible start and finish to the day will help with this, we can usually make it happen. We’d love to hear what this might look like for you, so feel free to outline this in your cover letter.

For more information on the role, please take a look at the job description. For additional information on the changes Te Tāhuhu are embarking on, please visit our careers centre. If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply’ button.

In your cover letter we’d like to know:

  • about you, your values, your whakapapa
  • your interest and motivations for this role
  • the abilities, strengths, personal attributes, and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.

The Ministry invites applications from fully vaccinated people or people with a valid medical exemption (under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021). We will require evidence of your vaccination status, or your medical exemption, at the pre-employment stage of our recruitment process.

For further information, please contact Kayne Good on 04 463 8772 or email Kayne.Good@education.govt.nz

How to Apply

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 19 June 2022.

Job Categories: Government and Defence. Job Types: Full-Time.

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