20 May 2022

Full-Time Principal Advisor – Spatial Planning

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationAuckland, New Zealand

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Job Description

  • Permanent – full-time
  • Auckland based and we can be flexible on location

Help shape the future of Education

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

We shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around Aotearoa, 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 us

Te Puna Hanganga, Matihiko – Infrastructure and Digital – Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga – Ministry of Education, leads inclusive, accessible and integrated national, digital and physical infrastructure and transport services to the education system.

Our vision for school property is that all schools have quality learning environments as part of a well-managed and sustainable portfolio that helps deliver equitable and excellent outcomes for every child.

The Natural and Built Environments team is a new team within Acquisitions and Designations re sponsible for ensuring the Ministry of Education is meeting its requirements under the Resource Management Act, protecting the operation of the school property portfolio from third party development, and ensuring the successful delivery of school property projects. The Acquisitions and Designations team covers the country with members based in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch.

Mō tēnei tūranga – About this role

You will provide high quality technical and analytical advice to support and influence the location of future education infrastructure investment. This is an exciting new opportunity within the Ministry of Education that will play an important role in shaping the governments land investment strategy for new schools and kura. Working at the interface of planning and investment you will bring your design thinking and strategic skills to bear on complex problems related to future investment and growth. You will need to work closely with key external and internal stakeholders to understand the scale and pace of growth across the country and help position the Ministry to take advantage of opportunities/influence others that may facilitate improved future educational outcomes.

Mōhou ake – About you

You will need to have a tertiary qualification in spatial planning/resource management or similar such as urban design/urban development and extensive applicable experience, along with previous exposure to central and local government policy environment.

An understanding of the complexity of urban development along with experience in large scale Greenfield/Brownfield projects will be important in the role. This will be allied with a learning mindset that can add new skills and bolster your existing strengths.

You will have well-developed strategic and critical thinking skills and analytical capability with exceptional written, oral and visual communication skills alongside experience in presenting to and attending stakeholder workshops and other relevant forums on planning issues.

Most importantly you will have a passion for solving complex urban problems through interdisciplinary thinking. This includes the application of decision making in situations of high uncertainty.

A track record of success and results in a team environment in a complex delivery organisation that involved strategic and financial/operational management accountability and a high need for stakeholder engagement.

Ideally you have worked in organisations owning large and complex property or infrastructure portfolios, desirably but not confined to the public sector.

A full membership or qualification for membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute or other relevant organisation would be ideal.

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.

In your cover letter we’d like to know the following:

  • 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.

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 Kim McGregor at TPHM.recruitment@education.govt.nz

Applications close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

How to Apply

Please apply via this link: https://jobs.education.govt.nz/jobs/EDU-1615468B

Job Categories: Government / Local Government. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 100,000 and above.

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