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Company Ministry of Education
Location Carterton, Wellington
Listed Thu 12 Jul, 10:19 am
Type Full time, Permanent
Reference EDU/1344660
Based in Wellington

About us

At the Ministry of Education, our people shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

About our group

At Evidence, Data and Knowledge (EDK) our vision is 'Quality education evidence is a major contributor to the educational success and social well-being of all learners.' We provide high quality in-depth data and information to our customers whilst proactively providing insights and building capability and knowledge in the use of evidence. We are currently undergoing a marked change in the way we work by increasing our efficiency, while focusing on high end value-add services, and becoming leaders in our area of expertise.

This is a great opportunity to join our new and exciting group.

About the role

The Evidence, Synthesis and Reporting team has responsibility for developing the education narrative, bringing together and making sense of the various pieces of evidence about the state of the New Zealand Education system and learners' progress and achievement. This includes analysing and interpreting the underlying drivers and trends of education progress and achievement for priority learner groups (i.e. Maori, Pasifika). The team is also responsible for the regular reporting functions of education information covering administrative data, national and international education surveys. These responsibilities involve statistical analysis of trends and drivers, interpreting the data within its context, understanding the meaning and limitations of the data, and communicating the results using a range of products for different customers.

The Senior Analyst will work with their colleagues within and across teams, providing high quality statistical analysis, interpretation and reporting to explain the story of educational progress and achievement. They will help inform policy and programme decisions, ultimately improving student achievement. This position also acts as a technical mentor to others in the team and is responsible for supporting, monitoring, and reviewing work completed by others from a quality assurance perspective as well as supporting the growth of skills and competencies.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have a strong customer focus, proven oral and written communication skills, and be comfortable with a range of statistical and data manipulation tools. You are committed to continuous improvement and excited by the idea of looking for new and better ways to help people understand data and make use of it. Engaging with others, working collaboratively and thinking strategically are strengths you have. You are calm under pressure, managing multiple deadlines and work products at once. Experience in data visualisation would be useful.

You will also offer the following:

  • Demonstrated strong problem solving, numeracy and analytical skills and experience, able to see innovative solutions to technical problems
  • Ability to navigate complex situations effectively and efficiently, functioning under pressure or in situations which are ambiguous, while building and maintaining positive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Advanced knowledge and experience of quantitative statistical analytical frameworks and techniques, advanced technologies, methods and tools and their application
  • Confident at influencing, engaging and communicating across an organisation and externally
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and the ability to develop these in others
  • Computer literacy including MS Word, Outlook, Excel, MS PowerPoint to an intermediate or advanced level

This is a permanent position, based in Wellington. The Ministry is an equal opportunities employer.

If you'd like to bring your skills to a rewarding role within an organisation that's continuously reaching goals and striving for a better future for New Zealand, we'd love to hear from you.

Please apply online or if you would like further information please email

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.