Principal Advisor Secondary Beginning Principals - South Island

Evaluation Associates | Te Huinga Kākākura is a dynamic, friendly New Zealand-wide company with recognised expertise in a range of education consultancy services. We are looking for a highly motivated, confident and capable educational leaders with the skills to support beginning principals/ngā tumuaki to impact positively on student outcomes.

The opportunity 

We are seeking to recruit a Principal Advisor fixed term to support the service for secondary beginning principals/ngā tumuaki across the South Island, primarily in the Canterbury and Otago/Southland regions. The principal advisor appointment will commence no later than the 19th April 2024 and run until 31st December 2025.  We have a preference that the person be at least .8 FTE or close to this. The capabilities required and key tasks are outlined in the job description. In summary, the successful applicant for this role will:

  • have recent successful school principal experience in New Zealand secondary schools or kura

  • have a strong commitment to bringing effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • have a disposition and demeanour which garners principals' trust and confidence

  • have the skills and disposition to effectively coach principals as they develop their organisational leadership; identify and pursue professional goals and confidently problem-solve when issues arise

  • have a strong commitment to supporting beginning principals/ngā tumuaki to achieve success in their new role and raise achievement for every student

  • have the skills and disposition to effectively facilitate group learning both face to face and virtually

  • be open to learning and growing professionally

  • be a team player – with the ability to collaborate with the wider team of principal advisors, the Ministry of Education, local principal groups and other key stakeholders

  • be a clear communicator (oral and written)

  • be a highly competent IT user – including the use of standard tools such as Word and Excel – and also have the ability to quickly pick up new technologies

About you

  • You are motivated by our company purpose – to raise achievement and reduce disparity in schools and kura across Aotearoa

  • You have successful leadership and teaching experience

  • You have in-depth knowledge of the New Zealand Curriculum

  • You have a deep understanding of assessment for learning pedagogy, evaluation and inquiry

  • You share our commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • You’ve got great relationship skills – you are honest, respectful and say what needs to be said and are open to learning

  • You are knowledgeable about assessment theory and have experience with the assessment tools that support the NZC and/or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and learner progress; particularly e-asTTle and the Curriculum Progress Tools

  • You love working with a passionate team of colleagues who really care about having an impact on the education system

  • You are looking for a position where you can play a strong role in shaping it to make the greatest difference

  • You are a clear communicator (oral and written)

  • You are open to learning and growing professionally

  • You are a highly competent IT user – including the use of standard tools such as Microsoft Office and the ability to quickly pick up new technologies

A post graduate qualification would be an advantage but is not essential.

Travel is involved, so a current New Zealand driver’s licence is required.

On offer

  • The opportunity to make a significant contribution to teaching and learning in New Zealand

  • Amazing values-based culture where people are at its heart

  • Part-time role 0.8 FTE

  • Length: two years until 31 December 2025

  • The opportunity to build powerful networks with other educators

To apply

If this opportunity piques your interest, don’t delay – apply online today via Seek

Applications close 5:00pm Wednesday 17 January 2024. Please note we require a full CV and covering letter.  Please include in your covering letter:

  • Your current location.

  • We will consider applications from those who wish to be considered for an FTE that is different than the preferred 0.8 FTE being advertised.  Please state this clearly, describing your preferred FTE (e.g. 0.7 FTE).

  • The names of two referees, preferably school principals in your region and, where possible, a principal you have mentored previously.

Interviews are expected to be undertaken from Monday 5th February to Wednesday 14th February.

If you have any queries in relation to this role please email

Read the job description here