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Bay of Plenty, flexible location (Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupō or Whakatāne)

Permanent, full-time

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 help shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary. We do this by building relationships and understanding the needs of those who receive our services.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our mahi by doing the following:

  • Taking practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Giving priority to regional and local voice
  • Delivering greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support
  • Improving feedback loops and information flows

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people across 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 every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our group and team

Te Mahau - Te Tai Whenua (Central) is a frontline group. Our frontline groups will collectively provide leadership and integrated services to the sector and others. This includes services such as learning support and education advice, and regulation functions for kōhanga, schools, kura and early learning services.

As a frontline group we develop and harness existing relationships with communities at the regional and local level, including deep relationships with iwi and hapū.

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

Mō tēnei tūranga - About this role

Are you currently in the education sector and ready to make a career move? Here is an opportunity for the right person to join us. 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. Our vision is ultimately about ensuring children succeed personally and achieve academically so, in years to come, they are productive, valued in their community and competitive in the world.

The Lead Advisor works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to identify issues and opportunities, improve equitable outcomes, and problem solve, plan and broker support.

This role supports regional office operational planning for education provision. This requires working with schools and kura, Communities of Learning/Kāhui Ako, Boards of Trustees, other groups including government agencies, and regional and national Ministry of Education staff so that the Ministry is able to respond effectively in its service delivery.

Mōhou ake - About you

To be successful in this role, you will need to be able to:

  • build and manage strong, effective relationships using exceptional communication skills to influence stakeholders
  • work with data and information to identify issues and come up with solutions to solve complex problems and make decisions
  • lead and work with others to support and implement change initiatives
  • present and facilitate group discussions
  • work collaboratively with Ministry colleagues within the regional teams and across the organisation to support service delivery
  • understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We are looking for people who have:

  • knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand education system and relevant legislation
  • an understanding of the relationship between policy intent and the range and combination of tools available for implementing new initiatives
  • successful experience in working with school leaders, Boards of Trustees or Communities of Learning/Kāhui Ako to strengthen school practice and raise student achievement
  • an understanding of working with iwi, Māori and Pacific communities
  • a full driver’s licence as travel will be required.

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

We need to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, orientations, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector. We provide flexible working environments where everyone feels relevant, valued and supported.

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, your whakapapa
  • your interest and motivations for this role
  • the abilities, strengths, personal attributes and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation.

Please note that this role is affected by theCOVID-19 Public Health (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

To be offered this role, the successful applicant will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a medical exemption and provide evidence of their vaccination status.

There is more information regarding this role in the position description attached.

For further information, please contact Pennie Muldoon at 07 349 7464 and/or email

Click here to view the role description

Applications close on Wednesday, 18 May 2022.

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