Senior Adviser: School Governance

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  • Category: Education & Training
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 26-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1508414
  • Job Title: Senior Adviser: School Governance
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Senior Adviser School Governance

Sector Enablement and Support

  • Full-time Permanent role
  • Mātauranga House, 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

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 schools, wharekura, education providers, and communities. Our teams around the country work closely with the Early Childhood and Schooling sectors, providers, and communities to provide support, expertise and resources to help children and young people reach their full potential. We also directly provide Learning Support for around 40,000 children and young people.

The School Governance team provides expert advice and support for school boards by providing technical advice and support to our regional offices and our education partners.

About this role

We are looking for an education professional with recent experience in a New Zealand primary or secondary school to join our School Governance team.

The Senior Advisor School Governance works with our regional teams to provide advice and support for school boards. You will also contribute to advice for Ministers and other support agencies (including the New Zealand School Trustees Association). 

You will provide expert knowledge and strategic oversight of school governance, support for boards, board constitutions, statutory interventions, planning and reporting, and school elections.

The role works closely with our regional and national office teams, and school boards to do make sure school boards are supported to govern schools.

You will need:

  • strong organisational and planning skills
  • good influencing skills and the ability to work with colleagues in person and remotely
  • experience in working co-operatively with others to solve problems and complete tasks
  • sound judgment, as well as well-developed analytical and evidence-based decision-making skills.

About you

Recent teaching experience in New Zealand primary or secondary schools is an advantage.

We are looking for a client-focused and organised person who can use their influence and skills to achieve positive outcomes. 

To be successful in this role, you will be working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders.

You will also offer:

  • a relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent work experience.
  • knowledge and understanding of school governance in New Zealand schools
  • the ability to provide quality advice and guidance on the implications of legislation and regulations, particularly in relation to school governance
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

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 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.

There is more information in the position description attached, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online’ button.


For further information, please contact Doug Ferry at 04 463 8262 or

Applications close on 15 February 2021.