Saturday, January 20, 2024

Alwyn Poole: What a Ministry of Education “Senior Advisor” vacancy ad (on Seek) looks like.

Without comment from me (many of these come up each week).

Senior Education Adviser

Ministry of Education


Teaching – Secondary (Education & Training)

Full time

Posted 18h ago

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.

We are making significant changes to how we deliver our purpose.

So that we:
  • Take practical action to give effect to te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Give priority to regional and local voice.
  • Deliver greater responsiveness, accessibility and integrated services and support.
  • Improve feedback loops and information flows.
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 our ākonga in our education system.

Mō tēnei tūranga | About this role

Key priorities of this role will include:
  • Working with individual kura/schools and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako to significantly improve student attendance, engagement, and achievement.
  • Using detailed analysis of schools/kura performance and student achievement to influence change and maximise education outcomes for students.
  • Brokering support for schools/kura where potential is identified – this may include building capability and strengthening governance and management, regulatory compliance, curriculum, monitoring and assessment, student and whānau, family and community engagement.
Salary range: $84,425 – $102,271 per annum + 3% kiwi saver. The successful candidate will be appointed at a salary which reflects individual skills and experience.

For more details about the role, you can view the job description here.

We also offer:
  • Flexible working arrangements where everyone feels valued & supported.
  • The ability to purchase extra days leave.
  • A range of employee network groups.
  • An inclusive environment that encourages your personal cultural competency journey.
  • Development and learning, including mentorship programmes and internal secondments.
  • Wellness initiatives to support your overall health and wellbeing.
Mōhou ake | About you

If you can evidence your experience across the following areas, we would like to hear from you:
  • An ability to develop strong working relationships.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Te Reo Māori ona tikanga.
  • Experience working with Māori and Pacific communities and/or services.
  • Have experience in assessing information to make objective judgments against criteria and recommend courses of action.
  • Can analyse complex issues and provide clear and succinct written and oral reports.
  • Have experience in dealing with complex relationships, including influencing and negotiation skills.
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • In-depth professional knowledge and recent experience within a school/kura setting.
  • A current full driver's licence is essential.
Mātau rōpū ake | About our group and team

Te Mahau | Te Tai Raro is a frontline group. Our frontline groups will collectively provide leadership and integrated services to the sector and others. This includes services, such as learning support and education advice and regulation functions for schools and early learning services.

Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi? | Are you ready to make a difference?

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, or anything else you'd like to share. We're keen to understand your motivations, strengths, transferable skills, and the diverse perspectives you will bring to the role.

For further information, please contact

Applications close Midnight – Friday 9 February 2024

We want our people to feel valued for their unique qualities and have a sense of belonging. If you require assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the recruitment process, please let us know.

Alwyn Poole, a well-known figure in the New Zealand education system, he founded and was the head of Mt Hobson Middle School in Auckland for 18 years. This article was published HERE


hughvane said...

The worms and borer are still entrenched in the mechanisms of government departments, few shown more grotesquely than in the advertisement published here. Getting rid of the dross - if it ever happens - will be a major challenge for the new coalition.

David Lillis said...

Correct, Alwyn.
We have two Government agencies that administer education. I worked as a researcher/statistician at one of them and interacted extensively with the other.

Dreadful bullying where I worked and reports of bullying at the other. My own efforts to address it have got nowhere, and in a few weeks I hope to publish a piece on this unacceptable behavior. Bunches of denials and ignoring of those who complain. Highly-remunerated jobs for those who play the game.

Managers and Team Leaders who have no relevant background, no tertiary qualifications in some cases, plagiarism, taking over the work of skilled staff, brutal performance management of good people out of work, including physical intimidation, lying about the person and excluding the person from meetings etc - and much more.

Time for a comprehensive review of our Government agencies in education. I could remain silent on this stuff but then nothing changes and I feel duty of care to report what I have seen. Too bad if they don't like what I am saying!

Two years back I published articles that are based largely on my observations in the education space:

David Lillis

Anonymous said...

Unclear whether this is a vacancy in a Māori specialist role or across mainstream schools. I wish they would make this clear for starters. Then what real world expertise are they looking for?

Allan said...

Another swamp in urgent need of clearing.

robert Arthur said...

Govt departments are yet to realise that the PM (Post Maorification) era has dawned. That style of advert seems to have been standard for the public service for years. Little wonder all departments are completely infiltrated by trace maori/pro maori. Presumably a translation to plain English is provided in Maori Studies courses, from which applicants are clearly expected. I am sure Alwynn could translate but in his positon Cancellation is still an overwhelming threat. Little wonder teaching does not attract those objective focussed types able to pass on real knowledge. The clear message that they have to be and become bsorbed in matters maori and devote inordinate time and effort trying to make maori appear normally capable is enough to deter any positive objective person.

Anonymous said...

Bullying under various guises is the American business management theory. It has been going on for years now in one form or another. Jack Welch was a major and well known proponent. Because it favours compliant behaviour then bullies and bullying are justified. Any one not compliant is of no systemic value irrespective of what they skills they may have.

Anonymous said...

"Have yet to realize the post-Maorification era has dawned...."?

OR: This will not be accepted by the woke, CRT-infested public service.

Which is it?

Why has the MSM not been removed? Or the woke judiciary? Or the universities?

A few warnings have been issued as polite " letters of ministerial expectation". These may or may not bring results.

A stand off is imminent between these institutions and the Coalition. If the latter breaks down, the path to He Puapua is clear.

Gaynor said...

I would suggest any random sample of adults from the population would do better in running the MoE than the degenerates we have now.

They are less likely to be so hopelessly indoctrinated in all the nonsense our children are being subjected to.

It is not just the Maori and sexual agenda combined with revisionist history and crazy pseudo science but also the methods derived from constructivist ideology.

No normal citizen would have ever come up with such stupidity that causes devastating failure particularly in the basics.