Job vacancies

Ministry of Education : Principal Advisor


  • Permanent – Fulltime
  • Auckland based 

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 shape the policies, settings and performance of the education system for early learning, schooling and tertiary.

Our organisation is made up of talented and committed people around 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 us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS), a part of the Ministry of Education, manages the Crown’s second largest property portfolio of around 2,100 schools with a book value of $20.1 billion, the largest payroll in the country, and transportation of over 100,000 students to and from school each day.

Our vision for school property is that all schools have quality learning environments as part of a well-managed and sustainable portfolio that helps deliver equitable and excellent outcomes for every child.

The Natural & Built Environments team is a new team within Acquisitions & Designations responsible for ensuring the Ministry of Education is meeting its requirements under the Resource Management Act, protecting the operation of the school property portfolio from third party development, and ensuring the successful delivery of school property projects. The Acquisitions & Designations team covers the country with members based in Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch.

Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role

You will provide high quality technical and analytical advice to support and influence the location of future education infrastructure investment. This is an exciting new opportunity within the Ministry of Education that will play an important role in shaping the governments land investment strategy for new schools and kura.  You will need to work closely with key external and internal stakeholders to understand the scale and pace of growth across the country and help position the Ministry to take advantage of opportunities/influence others that may facilitate improved future educational outcomes.

Mōhou ake | About you 

You will need to have a tertiary qualification in spatial planning/resource management and extensive applicable experience, along with previous exposure to central and local government policy environment.

You will have well-developed strategic and critical thinking skills and analytical capability with exceptional written and oral communication skills alongside experience in presenting to and attending stakeholder workshops and other relevant forums on planning issues.

A track record of success and results in a team environment in a complex delivery organisation that involved strategic and financial/operational management accountability and a high need for stakeholder engagement.

Ideally you have worked in organisations owning large and complex property portfolios, desirably but not confined to the public sector.

A full membership or qualification for membership of the New Zealand Planning Institute or other relevant organisation would be ideal.

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.

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.

There is more information in the position description, please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using this link:

For further information, please contact Kim McGregor at

Applications close at midnight on 5 October 2021