Lead Adviser – Communications

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  • Category: Education & Training
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 14-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1501798
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Lead Adviser – Communications

Pathways & Progress – Early Learning and Student Achievement


About us

At the Ministry of Education, our people shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes. Our sights are set on ensuring our education system serves every individual child and young person fairly, and creates the best foundation for equal opportunity. Our organisation is full of hugely talented people, from a wide range of backgrounds. They work collaboratively, setting goals and reaching them, to shape a world-leading education system. Our people are broadening their own horizons and, ensuring our education system is equipped to broaden the horizons of our children and young people, thus ensuring the best possible future for New Zealand.

We get the job done – Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi

We are respectful, we listen, we learn – He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou

We back ourselves and others to win – Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake kia wikitoria

We work together for maximum impact – Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui tonu

Great results are our bottom line – Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga mutunga


About our team

The Early Learning and Student Achievement Group sets the system-level learning for every child and student. Working between policy and customer facing functions, there is a significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group and the education curriculum and teaching workforce outcomes we seek for New Zealand.   

The role of the Pathways & Progress group is to set the direction for what students learn, how they progress and how school leaders and teachers can achieve that for every child and student across school years 1-13. 

The group uses evidence and educational trends to design targeted solutions, resources, tools and services that lift educational achievement for all. The group co-designs and co-develops innovative approaches to achieve policy intentions, plans successful implementation strategies and monitors to ensure a return on investment. 

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives who will enrich our focus on learners and the education workforce.


About the role

The Lead Adviser is responsible for the provision of communications advice, planning and support for the implementation of teaching and learning initiatives across years 1-13 to support students to lift progress and achievement.

Working within the Pathways & Progress Team, and across a broad range of communications activities and channels, the role is primarily focused on implementing and supporting effective communication with external audiences.


About you

We are seeking an experienced Lead Adviser who can provide high quality advice on communications and stakeholder engagement, including identifying risks, issues and opportunities. We will count on you to provide best practice communications and stakeholder engagement to support delivery of key activities and projects.  You will use your expertise to prepare communications plans and materials for a wide variety of audiences, using a range of channels. We are looking for someone who can bring out-of the-box communication ideas to support the delivery of our projects.

Our successful applicant will be able to tick the following:

  • Proven experience in a similar communications role, ideally in the public sector
  • A strong strategic thinker who is able to see the big picture and translate information into practical advice
  • The ability to implement communications strategies and plans that encompass a broad spectrum of communications activities including media, stakeholder engagement, channels, internal and external communications
  • The ability to meet the needs and interests of diverse sets of stakeholders and audiences
  • A collaborative team member who responds flexibly and quickly to changes and challenges over the course of a project

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 Kahukura Hill at Kahukura.hill@education.govt.nz or phone 04 463 2503.


Applications close Midnight – 7 February 2021.