Learning Support Advisor

Date advertised:  20 Nov 2023
Job Type:  Permanent

Gisborne, NZ

Help shape the future of Education


He mea tārai e mātou te mātauranga kia rangatira ai, kia mana taurite ai ōna huanga

We work to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes


At Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education, we work to provide services and support nationally, regionally and locally to the education sector, and in some cases, directly to ākonga and whānau.


We shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.


We are making significant changes to how we deliver our purpose.


So that we:


  • Take practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Give priority to regional and local voice.
  • Deliver greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improve feedback loops and information flows.


Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around Aotearoa, 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 our ākonga in our education system.


Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role


The Learning Support Advisor provides effective, efficient and equitable learning support for students who cannot readily access the curriculum in accordance with the goals, objectives and policies of the Ministry of Education.


The ideal candidate would have proven experience in working and supporting tamariki with High and Complex Needs.


  • Technical/professional knowledge and skills – having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position - related areas, keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships – developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.


Salary range: $67,928 - $115,000 per annum + 3% kiwi saver.  The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.


For more details about the role, you can view the job description here.


We also offer:


  • Flexible working arrangements where everyone feels valued & supported.
  • The ability to purchase extra days leave.
  • A range of employee network groups.
  • An inclusive environment that encourages your personal cultural competency journey.
  • Development and learning, including mentorship programmes and internal secondments.
  • Wellness initiatives to support your overall health and wellbeing.


Mōhou ake | About you


To be successful in the role, you will have proven experience and outcomes in Learning Support. Additional qualifications in Learning Support would be an advantage.


You will also:


  • Have demonstrable knowledge, experience, and skills in supporting children and young people with severe and challenging behaviours.
  • Have an ability and willingness to work in collaborative partnership with other professionals, agencies, families and the sector.
  • Bring excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to sustain productive professional relationships.
  • Offer a genuine commitment to evidence-based interventions, which demonstrate inclusive education practice and contribute to raising student achievement.
  • Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic diversity and a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi


Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team


Learning Support is a critical part of the Sector Enablement and Support Group in the Ministry. We are charged with leading the education sector in ensuring that children and young people with additional learning needs are supported to achieve their full potential through education. Across our takiwā, we provide leadership and guidance to deliver education service for school/kura, early learning services, whānau and ākonga, and our local communities.


We also collectively strengthen relationships with our diverse communities who support Māori, Pacific peoples, ākonga with learning support needs, and ākonga from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Our regional Directors of Education have the lead role and relationship with early learning, kōhanga, school/kura, and this means they will be across all the services we provide at a local and regional level.


Our mahi is also supported by the Pou Ārahi who support the takiwā and the wider Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga to give practical effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to lift cultural capability.


The Office of the Hautū provides operational and system support that enables the Hautū and the leadership team to lead large operational business as well as supporting them to undertake their leadership of wider Te Mahau business.


Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?


If this opportunity interests you, please submit your cover letter and resume by using the ‘apply' button. In your cover letter we’d like to know about you, your values, or anything else you’d like to share. We’re keen to understand your motivations, strengths, transferable skills, and the diverse perspectives you will bring to the role.


For further information, please contact Claire Swann, Service Manager at 027 243 1625, claire.swann@education.govt.nz


Applications close Midnight – Sunday 3 December 2023.


We want our people to feel valued for their unique qualities and have a sense of belonging. If you require assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process, please let us know.