20 Mar 2020

Full-Time Principal Advisor – Service Delivery – Wellington

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationAnywhere

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Job Description

  • Fixed-term, full-time until December 2021
  • Based in Wellington or Dunedin

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

Our teams around the country work closely with the Early Childhood and Schooling sectors, providers, and communities to provide support, expertise and resources to help children and young people reach their full potential.

We also directly provide Learning Support for around 40,000 children and young people.

About this role

The Principal Advisor – Service Delivery is a pivotal role working with the education sector and other key stakeholders to support the delivery of a number of the Government’s key programmes such as the Free and Healthy School Lunches programme.

The role will require exemplary stakeholder management and project delivery skills, working on the operational delivery of projects. This will include managing and supporting schools and suppliers in their set-up and delivery of key programmes, contributing to the assessment of the viability of any future national roll-out, and supporting other delivery work-streams, including communications and funding management.

Responsibilities include:

  • overseeing and managing components of projects, such as regional plans, provider selection, technical advice and support to schools, and evaluation of service models
  • building and managing strong relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders across communities, schools and providers
  • leading wide-ranging communications from providing progress updates, facilitating key conversations, collaborating across the project teams, and overseeing the engagement of schools
  • managing key dependencies, delivery quality, risks and issues change and contract controls
  • overseeing and support the management of the appropriate procurement processes, including the establishment of agreements between schools and providers
  • contributing to the evaluation of the service delivery design model(s).

About you

Do you want to work on projects that will make a real difference for our ākonga? If so, then we have a great opportunity for you!

You will demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to operationalise and implement policy
  • Experience supporting the delivery of projects in a complex, highly scrutinised environment
  • Working co-operatively and flexibly with others to solve problems or complete tasks
  • Experience of providing high quality and timely advice, written and verbal
  • An understanding of procurement and contract management
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • A can-do attitude with a focus on delivering outcomes
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga

Are you ready to make a difference?

This is a fixed-term position to the end of December 2021. Secondments could be considered. The role can be based in Wellington or Dunedin.

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, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.

For further information, please contact Lucy Lawrence at 04 463 2820 or


How to Apply

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/652557_JobDesc.pdf Applications close on Sunday, 5 April 2020.

Job Categories: Education / Training. Job Types: Full-Time.

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