Learning Area Lead

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    4 months ago
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  • Category: Education & Training
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1483305B
  • Job Title: Learning Area Lead
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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 and support their successful implementation.  The team will comprise Learning Area Leads who will ideally have

  • Experience in pedagogical practice within the secondary sector.
  • Expertise in a particular Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum, or expertise in effective practice in teaching literacy or numeracy in the secondary sector.
  • Experience and expertise in leading effective Professional Learning and Development in the secondary sector.
  • Proven ability to gain trust and work closely with teachers and stakeholders to lead change in practice.
  • Strong understanding of the importance of Mātauranga Māori in the context of their learning area.

The Learning Area Lead role will work collaboratively with Ministry Lead Secondary 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 new standards and assessment materials for each subject are consistent and coherent within their learning area.

Within the Ministry, Learning Area Leads will also provide savvy advice on implementing policy, from design through to implementation, and on the design and delivery of Learning-Area-Specific 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.
  • Experience in leading change to improve student outcomes within the secondary sector


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.


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 Sunday 28 Febuary 2021.