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Kaitohu Mātauranga – Education Advisor

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Do you have expertise in growing assessment capability in the education sector?

We are looking for a Kaitohu Mātauranga – Education Advisor to join us at NZCER. In this role, you will join a small team that provides high-quality professional advice to schools and kura. The successful applicant will promote and support effective use of NZCER’s suite of assessment and survey tools, as well as delivering professional learning and development (PLD) opportunities.

At NZCER, we are in the process of refreshing the PAT assessments to ensure they are equitable, accessible and culturally sustaining. Your role will be to continue to grow their use in schools and kura, and provide professional development to strengthen assessment practices. This is an exciting opportunity to facilitate improved teaching, learning and assessment practices that will contribute to transformational change for all students. 

You will be working with Kāhui Ako, leadership teams and groups of, or individual, kaiako. Some of this work takes place kanohi-ki-te-kanohi, involving travel around Aotearoa New Zealand, but we are also increasingly delivering support online via webinars and online hui. While we are based in Wellington, we will consider flexible and/or remote working options for the right candidate.  

The Kaitohu Mātauranga – Education Advisor will grow NZCER’s education sector networks and strive to continuously improve our service delivery.  You will also contribute to research and resource development projects in collaboration with other kaimahi at NZCER. You may already have experience in the provision of PLD, you may be a champion for the use of assessment and survey data in your school or kura, and/or be a principal or teacher with leadership experience looking for a change in your career. 

NZCER is a vibrant, bicultural, independent education research and development organisation. Our purpose—through research, resources, and services—is to find ways for kaiako, ākonga, and whānau to have the best possible education experiences and outcomes. We generate and share insights from our research, and develop educational solutions to support learning.  

We use the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa to help us uphold mana Māori in our work, relationships, and ways of working. We offer te reo Māori classes in-house.

We welcome applications from people with:

  • sound knowledge of and experience in Aotearoa New Zealand education
  • a knowledge of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, what it means, and how it applies to an education context 
  • a sound understanding of effective assessment practices and the wide range of assessment tools commonly used 
  • more than five years’ experience in an education sector role that involves using data effectively to improve practice
  • experience working with Māori, with Māori data, and in Māori contexts.
  • excellent communication skills with an ability to convey complex ideas
  • an ability to effectively facilitate adult learning
  • experience as a school leader or school educator/teacher is highly desirable
  • experience working in Māori-medium education would be an advantage as we seek to strengthen our support for the sector
  • a passion for making a difference for every learner.

To view the position description see here

To apply for this role, please forward a covering letter and detailed curriculum vitae to Marie Sim, HR Advisor:

Applications close 28 September 2022.