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Senior Advisor – Chief Executive’s Office

Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
Posted by:Jackson Stone
No Longer Available


  • Join New Zealand’s largest school
  • Unique education provider with a continuingly evolving role
  • Wellington-based

Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) is New Zealand’s largest state school with over 20,000 ākonga (students) per year. Te Kura provides distance education from early childhood level to NCEA Level 3, including to young adult and adult ākonga.  They have regional offices in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch, with kaimahi (staff) also working in the community to support students’ learning.
Te Kura’s vision is for its ākonga to achieve their educational and personal goals, enabling them to participate as productive members of their communities. That means putting its ākonga at the centre of their learning by providing a flexible, personalised approach, so that they can choose when and where they learn.  Ki te tī, ki te tā, ki te katoa – Anytime, anywhere, anyone.
Te Kura has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Advisor to join the Chief Executive’s Office and contribute to its mission to engage with and support every ākonga to strengthen their love of learning, facilitate their current and future successes in life, broaden their horizons and honour who they are and where they come from. Te Kura is particularly focussed on addressing the inequities in the education system through its response to and engagement with ākonga who are unable to attend their local school.
The Chief Executive’s Office is a small team providing high-quality advice and support to the Board of Trustees, Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executives, and other Te Kura kaimahi. The core functions of the CE’s Office are internal and external communications, planning and reporting, data analysis, strategic and operational policy development, risk management, legislative compliance and executive support. 
The role of the Senior Advisor in the CE’s Office is to work with the Curriculum, Learning Delivery, and Systems and Support wāhanga and rōpū to ensure Te Kura has the capability to deliver high-quality education and make a supporting contribution to the achievement of the school’s strategic priorities. This will often involve providing ad-hoc analysis and advice as required and working on projects as a subject matter expert or in a project management role.
To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Experience in planning and reporting and/or policy and risk management in the New Zealand public sector
  • Demonstrable commitment to building your knowledge and skills across tikanga and te reo Māori
  • Proven successful experience supporting, influencing and coordinating across work groups, including when working with virtual teams
  • Strong problem resolution skills with the ability to anticipate and resolve problems, working with others across diverse perspectives

This is a great opportunity for someone with a sound understanding of the New Zealand education sector and experience influencing senior management and key external stakeholders to have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of ākonga in one of the most interesting, innovative and challenging parts of the sector.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday 12th June 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or David Hollander on 04 550 8000