Learning Area Lead

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    Education in New Zealand
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    negotiable / month
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Learning Area Lead – Secondary Tertiary

Wellington – Permanent, Full Time

About our Group

The Secondary Tertiary team sits within the Early Learning and Student Achievement Group (ELSA) and covers the transition from senior secondary through to tertiary and employment.

ELSA works to make learning and teaching relevant, real and valued. We deliver and maintain critical services for the education sector to support responsive learner pathways from early childhood into further education, training, the workforce and society. ELSA performs a crucial role working between the strategy and policy teams, and the sector facing functions. The Secondary Tertiary team is responsible for operational policy, curriculum and support programmes for Year 11-13 learners, the secondary-tertiary interface. This includes senior secondary curriculum, NCEA (including the ongoing NCEA Review and preparing for the Review of Achievement Standards) and secondary-tertiary programmes.

Learning Area Lead role

As the Ministry embarks on a comprehensive review of the NCEA Achievement Standards as part of the NCEA Review, we are establishing a new team who will bring oversight and guidance to the development of new NCEA assessment standards and resources. The team will comprise of Learning Area Leads who will ideally have experience in pedagogical practice within the secondary sector and understand assessment methodology.

The Learning Area Lead role will work collaboratively with Ministry Senior Advisers, sector leaders, education agencies and providers on the NCEA change initiatives to support improvement by focusing on supporting teaching professionals to understand the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) outputs (products) and to tailor and customise approaches to meet their learners’ needs.

This role will also provide leadership and input into the work of the Ministry and subject expert groups to ensure all products are relevant and fit for purpose related to their core learning area.

The Learning Area Lead will provide learning area expertise to support a number of subject expert groups (SEGs) to develop the complete suite of products from the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS). This will include contributing to designing and developing teaching and learning initiatives for senior secondary education to support a smooth transition to further education and the world of work. They provide savvy advice on implementing policy, from design through to implementation, and on the design and delivery of curriculum and assessment content. They ensure a deliberate focus on student achievement is maintained by providing thought leadership and guidance in senior secondary education.

About the person

The person we seek will be agile and adept at handling ambiguity and complexity. Our ideal candidate will take pride in producing high quality work, and will be comfortable working independently to achieve defined objectives. The person will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

They will have sharp interpersonal skills, superior writing skills, and will be comfortable working with a diverse range of stakeholders and representing the Ministry. 

Experience and qualifications

This role does not have qualification requirements, but it would be useful if candidates had:

  • A tertiary qualification in education, or in a field which privileges critical thinking and clear communication
  • Secondary teaching experience or experience in policy, operational policy, change and implementation, curriculum / service design or education in general.
  • We will be conducting interviews for this role before the close off date stated below. We will be in contact with you for further details.

    Applications close Thursday 24 December 2020.