Secretary General/CEO

Wellington based
  • Contributing to the core of New Zealand’s future – youth
  • Enormous breadth of engagement/relationship management and advocacy
  • Wellington based

We Build Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities, through investing in the next generation

This is an opportunity to join one of New Zealand’s most recognised and trusted brands – the YMCA (‘Y’).  It is part of an international movement that has played a major role in the development of children across the globe for over 175 years.

The organisation is the middle of a strategic process to ensure their offerings are diverse in line with the changing needs of children and the environment they are growing up in, and to keep evolving. It is also important to ensure the organisation is both sustainable and agile to the changing environment that they work in.

The New Zealand Y operates a federated model. Alongside the National Office, there are 11 autonomous Regional Organisations across the country and a substantial number of sites offering a variety of services, associated with those Regional Organisations. 

Opportunity has arisen for a highly skilled leader to take on the leadership and management of the National Office, an entity that represents the interests of the Y nationally.

Critically, you will possess a collaborative style that might be described as “servant leadership,” applied to relationships with both the National Office staff and through delivering value to the Regional Organisation.

While genuinely open to your previous background, you must have as a key personal and professional driver, the delivery of positive social outcomes, quickly developing a passion for what the Y delivers and who they represent.

Be assured, your experience will be well utilised, including the following key aspects:

  • Superior leadership to ensure the team is unified and has a clear vision
  • Positively and effectively engaging with a particularly diverse array of “stakeholders.”  Central to that are the Regional Organisations. However, advocacy with key entities across the governmental/political realms is also essential (such as Sport NZ, TEC, MSD and philanthropic organisations)
  • Ongoing development and implementation of strategic initiatives, with a future focus.
  • Proven capacity to work collaboratively with a diverse and highly committed Board
  • Financial and operational competence as expected in a person assuming this level of responsibility.

Evidence of these attributes is imperative given that, as expected in any senior leadership role, there are significant challenges.

Developing strong links with the 11 Regional Organisations is critical to gaining the successful outcomes associated with these challenges, for the good of both the Y, and those they represent, the children who represent New Zealand’s future

For further information in strict confidence, please email your CV with Cover Letter to quoting ref.3302901 or contact Tony Walsh on 029 271-1101 or Graeme Sandri on 021 029 248 8502.


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