17 Oct 2020

Full-Time Senior Advisor – Engagement – Regional (Christchurch)

Ministry of Education – Posted by MinEducationChristchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand


Job Description

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  • Fixed-term – full-time – two years
  • Provide school property engagement support on school major redevelopments and new school builds
  • Broad communication and engagement role

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 us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS), a part of the Ministry of Education, manages the Crown’s second largest property portfolio of around 2,100 schools with a book value of $18.3 billion, the largest payroll in the country, and transportation of over 100,000 students to and from school each day.

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.

About the role

You will provide school property, project-specific, external and internal engagement support on all school major redevelopments and new school builds in your region.

This will be done through development of stakeholder engagement plans, talking points for school visits/community huis, support on media enquiries, proactive story/event opportunities, creating content for school websites and reviewing correspondence to schools and stakeholders.

This an exciting new role for the right person to grow and define to increase engagement support to our frontline staff and to contribute to the shaping of an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

You will report to the Team Leader – Service Support and will also be supported by a regionally based Lead Advisor – Engagement. The successful applicant must be able to confidently contribute to the driving forward of the EIS engagement and communications strategy.

This regional role covers the South Island.

Please note there is more information in the job description attached.

About you

We are looking for an experienced Senior Engagement Advisor with significant corporate communications experience covering internal and external engagement advice and implementation support. You will be adept at managing stakeholder risks, issues and opportunities, and contributing to the development and implementation of plans to ensure risks are mitigated. Please note that some travel will be required.

You will also offer:

  • strong writer and proof-reading skills
  • experience working with the media
  • ability to spot good news stories and share them through the media and other communication channels
  • ability to build trust and confidence quickly
  • be able to think on your feet and react
  • a strong risk radar
  • the desire to be part of the delivery of quality learning environments for tomorrow’s learners.

If you’d like to bring your skills to a challenging but 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 the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

How to Apply

Please review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://expressonline.haineslink.co.nz/pdfs/665414_JobDesc.pdf If this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the 'apply online' button. For further information please contact Stephanie Phillips at 


Applications close midnight - Thursday, 29 October 2020

Job Categories: Communications/Public Relations. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 80,000 - 100,000. Job expires in 5 days.

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