Lead Advisor

Date advertised:  20 Nov 2023
Job Type:  Permanent

Wellington, 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


Full-time Permanent Role based in Wellington


The Lead Advisor provides a critical, strategic, practical and operational lens across the Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme (CACP). The team guides the embedding of equity for Māori learners throughout the development and delivery of the CACP. This includes ensuring equity for te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori in all that we do. The Lead Advisor provides a te ao Māori lens on concurrent programmes, particularly providing thought leadership and guidance. They will be responsible for leading the design, and development of resources.


As the Lead Advisor, you will:


  • Lead and facilitate the delivery of key strategic frameworks across all parts of the CACP.
  • Take responsibility for and lead portfolios of work to support the embedding of equity for Māori learners across all parts of the Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme.
  • Consider and advocate for te ao Māori principles in the development of advice and guidance, frameworks, and deliverables.
  • Build workforce capability and diversity by supporting others to grow, embrace change and seek out diverse perspectives.
  • Interpret research and data from a wide range of sources, reporting and analysis and evaluation, to support the design and development of initiatives. Facilitate a change and inquiry process where required.


Salary range: $99,496 - $120,690 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


You will demonstrate knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an understanding of Te Ao Māori and promote tikanga and Te Reo Māori. You will also have knowledge of, or a willingness to gain an appreciation of te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) as it applies in the public sector.


You will also offer:


  • A relevant tertiary qualification or other relevant discipline is desirable
  • Understanding of te ao Māori, te reo Māori, tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori is desireable
  • Experience working in complex organisations
  • A track record of bringing people together and leading, coaching and mentoring others to achieve outcomes
  • Understanding of culturally sustaining practice within education settings
  • Understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and their implications on operational policy within the education sector, the significance of identity, language and culture and the machinery of government


Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team


Te Rōpū Kaiarataki supports teams across the Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme (CACP). We are responsible for operational policy, curriculum, and support programmes. We are focused on supporting equity for all Māori learners across English and Māori medium settings to ensure that their specific and distinct needs are met and supported. We are focused on building workforce capability and diversity by supporting others to grow, while embracing change.


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 Katrina Whaanga Manager Te Rōpū Hāpai at katrina.whaanga@education.govt.nz


Applications close Midnight – Wednesday 6 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.