Project Manager

  • Company:
    Education in New Zealand
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
  • Category:

Project Manager, Interventions Review, Strategy & Implementation

  • Fixed term or secondment to September 2022
  • Head Office, Wellington
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    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

    Our aim is to put children and young people at the heart of the education system and encourage all New Zealanders to participate in lifelong learning. The Sector Enablement and Support Group is the key interface between the Ministry and early learning schools and kura services me ngā kōhanga reo, education providers, and communities.

    About this role

    This role will be in place for 18 months to be part of a small team involved in the national review of supports for children and young people with the highest levels of learning support need, commissioned by Ministers through the Learning Support Action Plan 2019-2025. The purpose of the review is to ensure we provide the right supports for children and young people into the future to have positive education outcomes and achieve their full potential.

    The Project Manager is responsible for the effective operational management, planning and delivery of the Review of Interventions for students with High Learning Needs. 

    They will need to work collaboratively with the Manager Interventions Review, who has responsibility for thought leadership and stakeholder engagement for the Review. 

    This is a wide-ranging position, and some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Plan and manage the day to day operation of the Review project, applying project management principles and systems.
  • Oversee and manage the Review project, considering long-term objectives, organisational strategy and change management requirements.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive project plan and align and sequence activities to ensure that linkages and dependencies between related projects and initiatives are identified and managed.
  • Ensure the deliverables from the Review project and work-streams, including the final report from the Review, are to the appropriate level of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the project plan and governance arrangements.
  • Establish programme office requirements including project initiation processes, quality standards, monitoring, reporting and benefit realisation measurements.
  • Please note there is further information in the attached Job Description.

    About you

    Your background should include project management experience, ideally in the public sector and the ability to demonstrate the following experience:

  • Effective leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience leading and influencing a team without having direct authority.
  • Effective team building skills and the ability to mobilise others to get the project over the finishing line.
  • Good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling projects.
  • Good understanding of the procurement process including negotiation with third parties.
  • Good knowledge of programme and project management methods including MSP and PRINCE2.
  • Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures.
  • Experience in managing public sector processes, in particular the identification and management of media and other risks.
  • Experience developing, managing, and controlling project planning including risks, issues, changes, quality, timelines, costs, resources, interfaces and dependencies.
  • To be successful in the role, you’ll be working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders, developing relationships at senior levels. You’ll be communicating your ideas through high quality communications orally and in written form. We’ll count on you to shape, frame and design our process and thinking using a diverse and inclusive approach.

    You will also offer:

  • sound understanding of the purpose and current provision of learning support services and supports across a range of needs and settings
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • You’ll be joining a small, high-performing team with a culture of constructive open-minded debate and working together to make an impact. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.