Technical Writer

Date advertised:  21 Nov 2023
Job Type:  Fixed Term

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


This is a full-time fixed-term role through to end of March 2025.


This role will be based in Wellington.


The Technical Writer works within the Assessment Programme Stream which is a key part of the Ministry’s operational commitment to the Review of Achievement Standards, part of the Curriculum and Assessment Change Programme. 


Technical Writers work with subject matter experts in the Assessment Programme and in the sector as well as other Technical Writers on the development of new NCEA Achievement Standards and other assessment products.


The review of Achievement Standards constitutes the biggest change in NCEA assessment in 30 years and will have a direct impact on educational outcomes for young people.

The Technical Writer team is responsible for producing high-quality written products and product and process guidance.


Salary range: $71,859 - $86,939 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 the NCEA Change Programme as well as 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.


To be successful in the role, you’ll be working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders, developing relationships at senior levels.


You will also offer:


  • a Tertiary qualification or equivalent work experience
  • excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills and high attention to detail
  • experience in building relationships and partnerships to achieve shared outcomes
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and/or the ability to learn quickly
  • the ability to manage and deliver on – sometimes changing – work priorities (ie, plan and organise self to deliver work commitments to required timeframes and quality standards).


A background in NCEA technology and/or science subjects or Pacific Studies or knowledge of Pacific contexts, including Pacific ways of knowing, doing, and being would be an advantage but is not essential.<Example: To be successful in the role, you’ll be working collaboratively with key internal and external stakeholders, developing relationships at senior levels.>


Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team


The purpose of Te Poutāhū is to lead the national curricula for Aotearoa New Zealand and associated systems and processes of assessment and aromatawai.


We design, develop and provide curriculum services for teachers, kaiako, leaders, ākonga, their whānau and communities that reflect their identities, languages and cultures. We bring together curriculum, teaching expertise and evidence for the development, support and review of inclusive curricula, assessment and NCEA. Our strengths are across te reo Māori, mātauranga Māori, disability, inclusive learning support and culturally relevant content so that Te Mahau supports learning that is inclusive for all ākonga.


We support the people who are closest to, and directly serve, ākonga and whānau. We do this through Te Mahau where we connect with the sector, working collaboratively to identify priorities and design local solutions.


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 Biljana Vignjevic at


Applications close Midnight – Tuesday 4 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.