Senior Advisor – Pathways & Transitions

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    Education in New Zealand
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Senior Advisor – Pathways & Transitions

Wellington – Permanent, Full Time

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

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, and 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, Pathways and Transitions provides advice on implementing policy, from design through to implementation. They will help shape a senior secondary education system that delivers quality and equitable pathways for all learners, allowing them to transition successfully for a life of learning, earning, caring and contributing.

The Senior Advisor will be part of the team currently delivering the NCEA Review, School Leaver’s Toolkit, and Vocational Education in schools. 

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.

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 able to work collaboratively, research and analyse to provide advice to managers and others in the Ministry, 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 desirable if candidates had:

⦁ A tertiary qualification in public policy, economics, 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