Chief Advisor – National Design Assurance

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  • Category: Design & Architecture
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 13-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: EDU/1488039
  • Job Title: Chief Advisor – National Design Assurance
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  • Permanent – Full time
  • Lead the review of the Ministry’s design standards and provide critical code and best practice

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

The Chief Advisor – National Design Assurance brings their understanding and perspective of property design and the construction industry to work in partnership with other members of the School Design team and other staff within EIS.  You will lead in Design Assurance as well as contribute to the management and development of a national set of education property design standards and guidelines for school building design that include reference designs. 

Your key accountabilities will include:

  • Leading the Design Assurance team ensuring the delivery of the Ministry’s design standards and providing critical code and best practice
  • Oversight of large-scale school projects, ensuring there is an integrated collaborative design and construction process and that teams are performing to the expected standard
  • Taking a lead role in reviews of previous and new school project designs to ensure projects meet Ministry design standards.
  • Creating simple plain English templates for the operationalisation of design standards in Ministry designs and projects, particularly in the creation of Design briefs. 

Please note there is further information available in the attached Job Description.

About you

You will have a tertiary qualification in a design field, ideally architecture and be a registered New Zealand architect.

You will also offer:

  • Team management experience
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people, including market leading architects, delivery managers, senior government officials and team members
  • Experience in Design administration and building requirements
  • Experience in the procurement of design services and products
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to engage effectively with stakeholders and articulate business impacts including business case presentation and analysis.

If you’d like to bring your skills to a 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 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 Job Description and 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 – Tuesday 27 October 2020.