Senior Manager – Contracts and Implementation

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    6 months ago
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  • Category: CEO & General Management
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 05-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: EDU/1511292
  • Job Title: Senior Manager – Contracts and Implementation
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Senior Manager

Education Workforce, Contracts and Implementation

Location: Wellington - Wellington Central

Work Type: 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 and team

The Early Learning and Student Achievement (ELSA) group is a key part of the Ministry, with over 300 staff. It sets system-level learning standards and supports education leaders to lift progress and achievement for all children and young people. The group achieves this by advising on New Zealand’s curricula, the provision of personalised learning pathways, and a quality and sustainable education workforce.

At the heart of our work is making sure that every day, in every early learning service, kōhanga reo, school, and kura, the education workforce and curriculum delivery is world class, and focused on what New Zealanders need for their best future.


About this role

The Senior Manager is a great chance for someone with a passion for education to make a real difference in the sector. From a strategic and operational level, the Senior manager will lead, manage and administer a large multi-million dollar portfolio of scholarships, awards and teacher supply programmes, designed to ensure that there are the right teachers, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time. 

There is a significant opportunity to align the systems and processes of the team to ensure workflow is tidy, accounted for and transparent. This will include scoping through to implementation of IT systems and processes. 

Furthermore, they will work closely with other senior managers in the organisation to implement and monitor new programmes – targeted strategically to achieve equitable and excellent outcomes. Furthermore, works closely with the Education Workforce Leadership Team and works collaboratively with its members to deliver team outcomes and lift overall team performance.


About you

The preferred candidate would be someone that is passionate about the education sector and the direct impact that an effective scholarship programme can have on the experience and success of New Zealand learners in the classroom. It would also be to have previous process improvement experience in application and payment systems to deliver both improved customer service, but also better financial assurance.

It would be preferable that they have worked in a government agency before and were familiar with the machinery of Government.


You will also possess:

  • Project experience using Lean 6 sigma and Agile processes 
  • Strong people leadership skills – Experience growing teams and work programmes
  • Business acumen – understanding finances, forecasting, reporting, monitoring, holding people to account
  • Persuades and inspires across the sector and organisation 
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and communication skills
  • The ability to progress current sector thinking – challenging the status quo
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

You’ll enjoy working in a motivated team with great potential and a passion for education. It’s a unique opportunity for someone ambitious to make their mark on a team. There is scope for flexible working and as an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.


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 here.

For further information, please contact Scott King at


Applications close 26 February 2021.