Regional Leadership Advisor

Date advertised:  26 Jun 2024
Job Type:  Fixed Term

Hamilton, NZ Thames, NZ Taumarunui, NZ

Help shape the future of Education


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


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.

 About this role | Mō tēnei tūranga

  • 2025 Leadership Advisory Programme opportunity
  • Commencing 28 January 2025
  • Fixed-term, full-time role (12-, 18- or 24-month secondment)
  • Waikato – flexible location


As a Regional Leadership Advisor, you will support the development of a long-term role that supports principals to lead transformational change across the education system. While being a critical connector between school leaders, regional Ministry offices, other central education agencies and providing localised support for school leaders you will focus on building leadership in the sector.

You will be based regionally and work collaboratively with principals/tumuaki individually or within Kāhui Ako and other existing cluster networks, providing localised support for school leaders. Your role would include facilitating collaboration across principals/tumuaki, enabling them to share their expertise across the schooling network, regionally and nationally and focus on transformational change.


You will use your knowledge, expertise and experience to provide support and advice, addressing issues where and when they arise as a highly trusted educational professional. Your focus will be on improving leadership capability in schools and kura.


You will work closely with regional colleagues and play a key role in facilitating the sharing of good practice across the system, supporting collaborative networks such as clusters of schools and Kāhui Ako, and supporting innovative approaches to curriculum design and teaching and learning.



The Leadership Advisor reports to the Regional Director of Education, is in the Leadership Team and works alongside an integrated team within Te Mahau to support schools and school leaders.

You will also be supported nationally by a Chief Advisor located in Te Pou Ohumahi Mātauranga | Education Workforce and by the network of other Leadership Advisors.



For more details about the role, you can view and download the expectations document here

You can view and download the expression of Interest (EOI) form here.

The applicant's current /most recent terms of employment and remuneration will apply.   



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.


About you | Mōhou ake

You will be an experienced current school Principal or be recently retired (within the last 12 months). Applicant's current /most recent terms of employment and remuneration will apply.


You will also:


  • Have mana and status in the sector, someone who relates well to others and leads with integrity.
  • Have proven capability in school management and strategic and instructional leadership?
  • Have the ability to coach and support leaders across the sector (primary, intermediate, and secondary.
  • Have the ability and willingness to adhere to the Public Service Standards of Integrity and Conduct.


 About our group and team | Mātau rōpū ake


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


Te Mahau │ Te Tai Whenua is the key interface between Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education and education providers. It is our role to ensure that sector leaders and the communities in which they operate have access to the expertise, programmes and resources that will allow our children and young people to reach their full potential.


We give effect to government and Ministry policy and support education and community leadership within a self-managing system, to bring about the positive changes required to lift aspiration and raise educational achievement for all.



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

 If this opportunity interests you, please submit your completed Expression of Interest (EOI) by using the ‘apply' button.  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 Marcus Freke, Director of Education Waikato at  


Applications close 9.00 am Monday 29 July 2024


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.