Lead Adviser

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  • Category: Government & Defence
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 29-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1509304
  • Job Title: Lead Adviser
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Lead Advisor, Strategic Design – Learning Support

  • Permanent
  • Head Office, Wellington

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

Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with disabilities and additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education. One in five children and young people receive some form of learning support throughout their early learning and schooling education.

The Strategic Design team is focused on turning policy thinking into action, leading service design, workforce development, and monitoring and evaluation processes for new and existing services, in collaboration with colleagues across the Ministry. We also support the investment and budget decisions required to make this happen.  Our work is challenging and very rewarding and this is a unique opportunity to work at a system level to strengthen the education system’s provision of learning support for disabled children and young people and those with learning support needs.

About this role

We have a key role working across the Ministry’s national and regional offices and with other agencies. The Lead Advisor will support the Manager Investment and Strategic Design and leads substantial and/or complex pieces of work to achieve the successful implementation of new initiatives and change into front line services.

They also lead projects and work closely with Ministry teams and other government agencies to support the translation of high-level policy and strategic intent into service and implementation design.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will be able to work collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders. You will have experience of writing for a range of audiences including operational staff, senior management and Government officials.

Additionally, the successful applicant will need to demonstrate:

  • ability to plan, lead and contribute to the identification, design, development, implementation and evaluation of new services, practice, initiatives and changes, including supporting tools and resources
  • strong commitment to giving practical effect to Ka Hikitia and te Tiriti o Waitangi to ensure positive and sustainable change for Maori ākonga
  • experience in providing high quality and timely advice in a variety of formats to a range of audiences
  • the ability to make connections between strategic design, innovation, policy development and service delivery to achieve sustained change
  • the ability to develop effective working relationships and build credibility with customers at all levels, team members and colleagues
  • excellent writing and communication skills.


You’ll be joining a small, high-performing team with a culture of constructive open-minded debate and working together to make an impact.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome Māori and Pacific candidates and those with disabilities who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to honouring the Treaty of Waitangi’s guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

If the role sounds of interest and you have the capability, we require we would love to hear from you.

 For further information, please contact Kristina Perry, Acting Manager, Investment and Strategic Design at kristina.perry@education.govt.nz

Applications close on Sunday 14th February 2021.