Jun 122019

  • Job Type:
  • Category: Policy/Advisory
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 11-JUN-19
  • Job Reference: EDU/1403243
  • Job Title: Advisor
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Advisor – ELSA Governance, Commissioning and Ministerials

Full time, Permanent Position – Wellington National Office


The Ministry of Education has a full time permanent position for an Advisor -Governance, Commissioning and Ministerials – within Early Learning and Student Achievement, based at National Office in Wellington.

The Ministry of Education is the Government’s lead advisor on the New Zealand education system, shaping direction for sector agencies and providers. 


The Early Learning and Student Achievement Group sets the system-level learning for every child and student. Working between policy and customer facing functions, there is a significant political, stakeholder and public interest in the high performance of this group and the education curriculum and teaching workforce outcomes we seek for New Zealand.   

This Advisor role sits within the Governance, Commissioning and Ministerials team. The team is responsible for the efficient commissioning and co-ordination of quality and timely ministerials and all information requests across Early Learning and Student Achievement. In any given day this team processes correspondence, Official Information Act requests, information requests from Ministers, written and oral parliamentary questions, media queries, select committee questions and Estimates and Annual Review material.

In addition to this BAU work, the team is also responsible for delivering and facilitating workshops on the Machinery of Government and the Official Information Act across Early Learning and Student Achievement.


Are you comfortable working in a challenging and fast-paced environment? 

Can you manage multiple priorities at once?

Can you work with subject matter experts, members of senior leadership and Ministers’ Offices?

Do you want to increase your knowledge in the Machinery of Government and be presented with opportunities to share that knowledge with others?

Then we’d love to hear from you!

If you think that you can make a strong contribution to the success of this organisation and you can demonstrate the required skills we encourage you to apply.  All applicants must be a New Zealand resident or citizen for the application to be considered.


For further information please contact Kim McGregor at or on 04 463 154.

Applications close on Tuesday 25 June 2019.

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