Project Leader - Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities


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Management IEA



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Project Leader - Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities 

Institute of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We are looking for just the right person to lead our passionate project team. DMIC – Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities is a model of ambitious mathematics teaching founded in equity and a key part of Massey’s professional learning for teachers in schools and kura across Aotearoa NZ to improve learning outcomes for all tamariki.

Term:Fixed Term of 2 Years
Salary:Management IEA
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 14 October 2018

Position overview

Do you thrive in complex environments, able to juggle various tasks at one time, balance a range of functions and look after critical details whilst maintaining an eye on the big picture?

The Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities (DMIC) project is focused on developing teacher expertise, pedagogical leadership, what it takes to develop in-class mentoring expertise, and conditions for sustainability and ongoing improvement. We see student engagement in collaborative mathematical discourse as an essential component for their learning of mathematics with understanding.

The project team has grown, and we are currently working with more than 77 schools across NZ. Our hardworking mentors and administration team need the coordination and support of a talented Project Leader. As Project Leader you will ensure all deliverables for existing contracts are achieved, that the DMIC leadership and workforce is well supported, and will seek new opportunities to sustain and grow DMIC over the long term.

The position must be based out of Massey Albany campus and requires some travel across of variety of geographical locations. The role is a 24 month full-time (37.5 hours per week) fixed term position with interviews for shortlisted applicants expected to be undertaken on the 25th and 26th of October.

Job description

Purpose statement

The Project Leader DMIC (Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities) is responsible for management and oversight of DMIC activities, particularly the professional learning and development programme in schools across New Zealand.

The Project Leader DMIC will ensure all deliverables for existing contracts are achieved, that the DMIC leadership and workforce is well supported, and will seek new opportunities to sustain and grow DMIC over the long term.

Responsible to

Coordinating Director Tātai Angitu Institute of Education (or Nominee)

Key accountabilities

Leadership and Management:
• Develop, implement and manage DMIC business and marketing plans;
• Develop, monitor and maintain oversight of financial performance, including preparation and review against annual budgets, and ensuring regular reporting to university and DMIC routines are met;
• Manage the recruitment, orientation & induction, professional development and performance of DMIC staff and contractors, and exit routines;
• Ensure compliance, and keep up to date with relevant University policies and procedures;
• Provide sound management and support of direct reports.

Service Delivery & Operations Management:
• Develop and manage internal systems that are fit for purpose and support the operational needs of DMIC leadership and workforce;
• Ensure resilient systems and processes are in place to consistently achieve service commitments and support efficient operations;
• Develop and oversee internal communication routines, ensuring key staff are appropriately informed of performance, developments, and emerging needs/issues in a timely way.

Contract Management:
• Oversee the delivery and compliance of existing contracts and provide project management to ensure effective and timely contract operations, delivery and reporting;
• Maintain strong and effective links with MOE as key contracting partner and funder;
• Identify additional regional and national opportunities for new small or large consultancy contracts that meet current and future demands related to DMIC, including those based on new research and findings;
• Prepare funding proposals/applications, working with others where required;
• Coordinate communications and marketing activities and events specific to DMIC PLD activities;

Relationship Management:
• Develop and maintain excellent relationships with schools and kura as clients;
• Develop and maintain excellent relationships with University staff, with partner organisations/schools/service centres (e.g., school clusters, associations and education sector networks), staff in the Ministry of Education, iwi groups and other relevant communities nationally and internationally;
• Build relationships with new clients and relevant agencies, and help manage existing clients in collaboration with DMIC leaders and staff; and
• Ensure that data and information about current and potential clients is effectively managed to contribute to business growth.

Risk Management:
• Champion the University Risk Framework and use it to assess strategic, operational and project risks;
• Ensure all staff, contractors and partners are aware of their obligations, and appropriately trained, particularly with regards to meeting responsibilities under the Health & Safety in Employment Act and the Vulnerable Children’s Act.
• Identify and manage risks specific to DMIC business sustainability and growth

• Research the sector and competitors as appropriate;
• Escalate staffing/operational issues to DMIC Leadership and/or Coordinating Director Kaihautū Matua - Tātai Angitu as necessary; and
• Perform additional duties as negotiated.

Person specification


• Required: Undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification, preferably in education, professional education, business leadership or related sector
• Required: A current and full New Zealand Drivers Licence


• At least five year’s experience in an management/leadership role, preferably in education, with a track record for achieving results
• Demonstrated capability in business planning and implementation in an entrepreneurial environment
• Bicultural commitment and capability, particularly in a Tiriti-led organisation 
• Experience in managing and leading people, with particular ability to support diverse and disperse teams
• Excellent financial literacy, strong budgetary skills and contract management experience
• Knowledge of the in-service professional education market, delivery and services
• Knowledge of the international arena, including cross-cultural capabilities
• A background of working in a large and complex environment would be an advantage

Personal attributes and behaviours

• Strong leadership and team-oriented skills, 
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, existing networks in Aotearoa NZ education sector strongly valued
• Excellent oral, written, analytical and technical skills, including understanding of operating in a tertiary academic and professional environment
• Excellent organisational and project management skills enabling multi-project capability
• A strategic and creative thinker with a can-do attitude, able to quickly adapt and meet challenges
• Willingness and ability to travel, including overnight and extended stays away from home

Additional Pre-employment Checks

• Requirement to pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) check performed by the Ministry of Justice and police vetting under the Vulnerable Children’s Act.


Company Info
Massey University Manawatu,Auckland and Wellington Campus
New Zealand

Phone: 0800 627 739
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