Principal Advisor - Policy

Posted on 26-May-2023
Application Close Date: 09-Jun-2023
Job Details
Position Type:
Permanent Full-time
Job Reference:
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Job Specification

Principal Advisor, Operational Policy – Permanent

We are looking for a capable and committed Principal Advisor to join our team in the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) Assessment. 

Whakatairangatia ngā kete o te mātauranga ki te ao mārama! E te tai whakarunga, e te tai whakararo – nau piki mai, nau kake mai ki te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa.

May the baskets of knowledge (education) be brought into the world of light. We welcome one and all to join us at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

About the role 

We need someone who wants to make a contribution in education, relishes challenge and variety and who can get to the best outcomes through their ability to tap into expertise both inside NZQA and in the sector.

You will support our work in the delivery of NCEA assessment and our role in quality assurance, qualifications development and systems monitoring.  This role is critical in advising and supporting the DCE and the Assessment Division senior leadership  in our  change programme and in our ongoing system improvements. 

On a day-to-day basis, you would be responsible for:

  • bringing “equity by design” to the formation of all operational policy thinking, including ensuring that the aspirations and obligations within Te Tiriti o Waitangi are embedded
  • working closely with the Ministry of Education and assessment expertise in NZQA on the development of operational policy advice
  • developing a forward view of the Division's operational policy programme and system performance indicators, using evidence to identify emerging policy and strategy issues
  • developing think pieces and discussion papers and identifying areas for research and evaluation
  • preparing Ministerial reports and NZQA's contribution to interagency consultation.

Skills and experience

To be successful, you will need:

  • highly developed policy/operational policy skills
  • the ability to test current thinking
  • sound knowledge of the machinery of government
  • knowledge of the education system, and desirably of NCEA
  • the ability to clearly articulate the rationale and evidence for policy recommendations in well-structured and robust papers and reports
  • ability to apply analytical, conceptual and innovative thinking skills, and process complex information quickly and thoroughly.

About us

NZQA is a te reo Māori learning organisation and is committed to equity and lifelong learning. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds that will enrich our understanding of the education system. We prioritise the importance of understanding tikanga in building a culturally responsive workplace.  NZQA is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment to Māori and Pacific staff and has active Māori and Pacific staff networks which contribute to NZQA's strategic action plans - Te Kōkiritanga and Takiala Pasifika.

What we can offer:

  • A supportive team / whanau environment
  • A role with lots of variety
  • Development and career progression opportunities
  • To find out more click here NZQA Staff Benefits

Apply Now!

For more information about this role and NZQA please refer to the job description, NZQA's Customer Charter and Organisational Values. If you are applying/viewing through Seek, please click ‘apply now' to access these links.

If you would like to discuss further, please email

Applications close at 5.00 pm on 9 June 2023.