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School Finance Advisor

Waikato District, Waikato
Full time
Expires in: EXPIRED
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Mō tēnei tūranga mahi | About this role

  • Permanent, full-time position 
  • Waikato - Hamilton
  • Have a real impact on the future generations through sound financial advice and guidance

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

  • 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

We use information, insights and service design functions to help the three Te Mahau frontline groups design and deliver services for our sector. We service and support the frontline groups and play an integration role between the enabling functions and our frontline services.

Our group provides nationally consistent service design, practice guidance and systems to support the integrated teams led by Directors of Education providing flexible and responsive services.

We deliver national resourcing functions, including inclusive learning support, and national regulatory functions.

Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role

We are seeking a School Finance Adviser to provide strategic and operational advice to schools and kura so that they can achieve high quality financial management that contributes to excellent student achievement and good governance and management. They will monitor schools' financial performance and provide proactive guidance and support to schools through managing relationships that strengthen schools' regulatory compliance.

Please note there is further information in the attached Job Description.


Mōhou ake | About you

You will have had previous experience in:

  • Providing technical accounting and financial reporting advice succinctly and in a manner that is understood
  • Assessing business processes and systems of internal control
  • Identify risks and issues and problem solving to mitigate risks
  • Discussing complex and difficult issues and working collaboratively in achieving the desired outcomes
  • Utilising your excellent communication skills to solve problems, present outcomes and make recommendations.

You will also offer:

  • A formal tertiary qualification and be a member of the Chartered Accountants NZ or equivalent organisation
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with initiative, who is willing to take a “hands on” approach as required
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • High quality planning and organisational skills, attention to detail and the delivery of quality support and advice
  • Sound knowledge of current Accounting Standards
  • Experience across the education sector and specific knowledge in providing financial information/guidance for schools is desirable, but not required
  • 4+ years' experience working in a business advisory function
  • the ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

You'll be joining a small, high-performing team with a culture of constructive open-minded debate and working together to make an impact. It's a great developmental pathway as you gain political nous and systems thinking that will equip you in potential secondments to other business units. As an organisation, we are committed to building racial equity and excellence in the education sector.

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 want to 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.

For further information, please contact Chad Britton, Manager, School Financial Advice at

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.

Applications close Midnight - Sunday 10 July 2022


Waikato District, Waikato