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Chief Executive Officer - Swimming New Zealand

12 October 2016
03 November 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Contract Type
Salary to attract high quality candidates

Full Job Description

  • National Sporting Organisation
  • Commonwealth Games and Olympic Sport
  • Significant leadership role

Swimming New Zealand (SNZ) is the National organisation that represents competitive pool and open water swimming - helping to ensure every New Zealander swims to their potential.  Swimming is New Zealand’s second most popular recreational activity with 30.2% (1 million) of New Zealanders choosing swimming as their preferred activity. SNZ also has an active role in the promotion of water safety, learn to swim, education and certification of swimming instructors and swim schools. SNZ is a Core member of Water Safety New Zealand.

Reporting to the Board Chair, the Chief Executive Officer will lead the organisation to deliver its strategic outcomes within the Board’s policy framework. This is a significant time for the organisation and the sport, requiring a contemporary, innovative and entrepreneurial CEO to lead, manage and direct SNZ and its various stakeholders.

Working closely with the SNZ Board, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your leadership skills, by managing and sharing in the development and achievement of the future vision of this popular sport, building towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

To be considered for this role you will need to be a dynamic and inspirational leader, with the ability to engage and develop lasting, positive relationships with the stakeholder family. Your commercial acumen will be matched by your skill in identifying and then capitalising on opportunities, finding innovative solutions and thinking outside the square. You will need to demonstrate a successful track record in managing and growing like-sized businesses.

You will be an existing Chief Executive or a senior manager within a large organisation.  Experience in the management of a not-for-profit and/or member-based sport organisation would be highly regarded, ideally from within an Olympic sport.  An understanding of competitive swimming or high performance sport will be an advantage but not a necessity; however you must be committed to providing strong foundations for the growth of the sport.

This is a unique opportunity to make a difference for the future of swimming in New Zealand, both locally and on the world stage.


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