Service Manager, Learning Support (4 positions)
There are four Service Manager positions across Bay of Plenty – Waiariki to be based at Tauranga and Rotorua / Whakatane. One of these is due to retirement and the other three are new positions.
At least two of these positions are in areas with high numbers of Priority Learners.
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 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.
About this role
This role presents an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work in an organisation committed to raising achievement and reducing disparity. We are in the midst of a positive change initiative that’s setting a platform for New Zealand’s young learners to be the best they can be.
You will lead and work with a committed professional team delivering a range of Learning Support specialist education services to children and young people. You and your team will work with early childhood providers and schools to strengthen inclusive practices, raise student achievement and deliver on communities’ aspirations. You will have a key role within the Learning Support Delivery Model (LSDM), facilitating the timely provision of services in response to local needs. A focus on Māori-medium settings and better support for Māori learners in general is an important part of our mahi.
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:
The ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, and manage workload and resource issues
Develop strong connections and networks across the Ministry, local education providers, iwi, communities and whānau to achieve educational priorities for the region
The ability to communicate efficiently and work collaboratively is a high priority skill for these positions
The ability to work collaboratively within the context of the LSDM to achieve positive outcomes that draw on the combined resources and expertise of the sector, services, and wider community
The ability to strengthen sector responses to neurodiversity and a wide range of learning support needs
The ability to facilitate the effective use of tools, approaches and people resources that are prioritised within the Learning Support Action Plan
Broker support from across the Ministry and other agencies to deliver joined up work programmes tailored to local needs
Experience at influencing and leading innovation, people, programmes, and change
Ability to assess needs, risks, and performance issues and address gaps proactively
Ability to follow through and finish complex or sensitive tasks and issues
Reporting and assessing skills
Ability to use and interpret data including the ability to use information to influence decisions
A big picture view and ability to think strategically
You will also offer:
Demonstrated ability to uphold, honour and give practical effect to the Treaty of Waitangi to help shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes for Māori
Demonstrated ability to engage in a culturally responsive and respectful ways with Māori, Iwi, Hapu, Whānau and ākonga.
A relevant tertiary qualification
Current full driver’s licence