Senior Business Advisor

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    5 months ago
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  • Category: Government & Defence
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 01-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1509661
  • Job Title: Senior Business Advisor
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Senior Advisor - Secondary Tertiary

Wellington – Permanent, Full Time


About our Group

The Secondary Tertiary Group sits within Early Learning and Student Achievement (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 Group 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 pathways and transitions.


Senior Advisor role

The Senior Advisor, Secondary Tertiary provides corporate support across the Secondary Tertiary Team work programme, projects and new initiatives to ensure that Early Learning and Student Achievement delivers on their priorities.

For current and upcoming projects, the Senior Advisor supports the Group Manager, Senior Business Manager and Senior Managers  to organise and control project activities, and ensure projects are delivered in accordance with best practice and Ministry process and documentation requirements.


About the person

We are looking for someone who is thoughtful, 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.

We are wanting someone who is a high-level project coordinator and looking to progress into a project manager role. They will be able to get involved in the operational processes of a project, have a proactive mindset and be able to identify and mitigate risks as they arise.

The person will be sensitive to cultural values and have a good understanding of the principles of the Treaty of 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 will ideally have:

  • Knowledge/experience in Procurement and/or contract management
  • Experience in working within the public sector and understanding of the political environment and how related issues should be managed.
  • Experience in organising – identifying what matters, anticipating next steps, accurately delivering what was commissioned.
  • Business and strategic reporting experience in government, in particular facilitating with senior leaders to achieve results.
  • Strong action orientation and initiative, balanced with the ability to work within the Ministry’s structures, policies and priorities, influencing improvement opportunities and creating synergy.
  • Understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for the work of the Ministry
  • Project management capabilities would be advantageous.
  • High level of communication ability – able to write with clarity using the active voice and sequence content so that it delivers messages effectively.


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.

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Applications close on Monday 22 February 2021.