Careers at the TEC

This page provides information about working at the Tertiary Education Commission – our people and our values. 

 Welcome from our CE Tim Fowler (YouTube, 1 min 15)


Current vacancies

Visit our vacancies page to see if there are any jobs being advertised at the TEC. 


Working at the TEC

TEC is a small Crown agency with a big job to do – ensuring New Zealanders have the skills and the knowledge they need to ensure lifelong success to build a great country.

We do this by investing approximately $2.8 billion each year on behalf of the Government into tertiary education. We monitor and manage the performance of organisations we fund. We provide information and advice to government about the tertiary education sector and give effect to the Tertiary Education Strategy.

We work alongside other agencies towards the Government’s vision of a world-leading education system that equips all New Zealanders with the knowledge, skills and values to be successful citizens in the 21st century.


Our people

To achieve our vision, we need people with the right attitude – great collaborators who are open-minded and flexible.

TEC has a staff of around 200 people from many different backgrounds and with a variety of professional and technical skills. We have investment managers, data and business analysts, solution and information architects, project managers, developers, customer service representatives, helpdesk analysts, accountants, executive and personal assistants, administrators, and advisors – to name just some of our roles.

If you think you have the right attitude and you want to help make a difference to New Zealand’s future, then we would love to hear from you.

"The people here are amazing intelligent, friendly and cooperative." 

– Sabrina, Fund Management Officer
Finance Directorate

"Smart people, hard problems; that’s what fires me up about working here."

– Seth, Investment Manager
Operations Directorate

"I work with a bunch of really good people doing stuff that’s worthwhile – such as linking our technology and information to tertiary education outcomes."

– Shane, Manager
Information Directorate

"This is a small organisation with big responsibilities. This gives me plenty of opportunities to make a significant difference for New Zealanders."

– Julie, Principal Analyst
Operations Directorate

"I have many opportunities for personal growth and career development."

– Doreen, Advisor
Operations Directorate

"Everyday here I work with smart, talented people to help support New Zealand's future success."

– Gerhard, Senior Analyst
Information Directorate


Our values 






Our culture and values

At the TEC we work together to make a difference for all New Zealanders by living up to our values. These values underpin everything we do and the way we do it. Our TEC values are:

  • We aim high
  • We partner for success
  • We work as one
  • We learn and innovate.

TEC people want to create a culture where we can all thrive and do our best work. Our people plan, Mā Tatou, Mō Tatou, is a comprehensive programme of work to help build the capability of our people at all levels of the organisation.



  • Last changed: 4 September 2015
  • Last verified: 4 September 2015