Senior Adviser

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Policy/Advisory
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 31-JAN-20
  • Job Reference: EDU/1446047
  • Job Title: Senior Adviser
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Senior Advisor - 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.


Senior Advisor role

The Senior Advisor, Senior Secondary, will be responsible for leading a number of Subject Expert Groups (SEGs) to develop the complete suite of products from the Review of Achievement Standards (RAS) products over a five year process.  In addition, Senior Advisers contribute to designing and developing curriculum, 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.

As the Ministry embarks on the Review of Achievement Standards as part of the NCEA Review, we are looking for experienced leaders who have experience in pedagogical practice within the secondary sector and understands assessment methodology.


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, be a skilled facilitator 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

  • Candidates must be experienced middle or senior leaders in secondary schools.
  • Candidates must have current or recent teacher registration.

This is a unique opportunity to work closely with sector experts to redevelop achievement standard resources and provide support for the sector to implement these changes over the next 5 years.


If this opportunity interests you, apply now using “Apply online” button. You can view a job description above, or for further information please contact Glenys Robinson, 021 436654 or email

Applications close on 16 February 2020.