New Zealand

Senior Advisor, Equity Index Implementation


Job Description

  • Full-time, 12 month fixed-term position
  • Based in Wellington

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

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

Successful candidates will join our project community and be based within the Resourcing Group who deliver operational funding and staffing entitlements to nearly 2,500 schools. We administer annual payments of approximately $5.8 billion to Schools and Kura.

Our group provides provide high quality advice and support to Schools and Boards of Trustees including the following:

  • We ensure Schools and Early Childhood centres receive correct resourcing entitlements through our Monitoring programme
  • We provide resourcing operational policy advice and guidance and produce one-off solutions to resourcing issues.
  • Our Resourcing Contact Centre also provides direct telephone and email support to Schools’, Early Childhood Centres and the general public

Mō tēnei tūranga – About this role

We have an exciting, fixed-term opportunity for a Senior Adviser to join the Equity Index (EQI) Implementation team which is part of a Ministry-wide programme of work.

The EQI Implementation team are leading the transition and embedding of the Equity Index into operational delivery.

In this role, you will bring a strong background in thought leadership and strategic advice. You will be responsible for making sure work is progressing on a day-to-day basis within our team and across the programme of work. The role is highly collaborative, so you will be required to form sound working relationships with colleagues and staff throughout the Ministry.

This role provides core advice and support to ensure project development and its implementation are effective. This will include designing implementation solutions for new, or the review of existing programmes of work, producing one-off solutions to school resourcing issues, and advising and guiding others on implementation.

For further information on EQI, please visit:

Mōhou ake – About you

We’re keen to hear from you if you have proven experience in policy implementation, and:

  • can demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others to find solutions
  • are a critical thinker and can bring innovative approaches to complex policy issues
  • can apply rigorous frameworks as part of developing evidence-based analysis and advice
  • are confident working at pace to complete a variety of tasks.

In return we can offer you the opportunity to join a large and dynamic programme of work that will be contributing to a challenging and high-profile change to how we fund education in New Zealand, and has a strong focus on the development of our people.

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. So, if working from home and/or having a flexible start and finish to the day will help with this, we can usually make it happen. We’d love to hear what this might look like for you, so feel free to outline this in your cover letter.

In your cover letter we’d like to know:

  • about you, your values and 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 review the position description by copy and pasting this link into your browser:

The Ministry encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated although currently this is a voluntary requirement. There is no requirement to show evidence of your vaccine status as this role is not covered by the Public Health (Vaccinations) Order.

For further information, please contact Kendra Delayen at

Applications close midnight Wednesday, 29 June 2022.

How to Apply

Please apply via this link:

Job Categories: Government and Defence. Job Types: Temporary. Job expires in 11 days.

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