Executive Director

Update: April 9th - applications for this role have now closed. We will be contacting applicants and advising next steps shortly.

Do you want to make a real difference to the communities of Aotearoa New Zealand?

Would you like to be part of the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the world?

Community Foundations of New Zealand is the national membership organisation supporting and uniting our regional Community Foundations across Aotearoa NZ. We encourage and enable generosity, make giving fun and impactful while helping to create legacies. We work to ensure every New Zealander is able to make a lasting change wherever their home or heart may be.

We are a young organisation, established 2013, and work for the growing network of Community Foundations, which operate in a unique space between the philanthropy and the charity sector.

Our Community Foundation members (17) work with generous donors building endowment funds for communities and distribute the income as grants or social investments, with a mission to strengthening the local charity sector. We also connect people and channel resources to where they are needed, so our members are increasingly focused on being facilitators and connectors of community-led change. Integrity, high trust, professionalism, and innovation are values which underpin our mahi.

This Executive Director leadership role will be focused on developing the next exciting stage of the organisation’s growth. The primary responsibilities for this role include establishing nationwide partnerships, helping create and implement training and development programs for our network, as well as providing advocacy at a national level, and working with and reporting to the CFNZ board.

This position will suit someone with a passion for growing community philanthropy, who has the skills to lead the organisation to the next level. It will require strategic vision and senior leadership capability to open doors to untapped potential of community philanthropy. The role will involve some travel to locations around NZ.

Your location is flexible; while Wellington is preferred, we will consider any location around NZ, as much of the work can be carried out remotely.

This is a contract role for 30 hours per week, pro rata FTE $120-125k p.a, initially for a fixed term of 12 months, with potential to move to a permanent position and with good future earning capacity for the right candidate.

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Application process

Email and attach your CV and cover letter.

Your cover letter should set out:

- What is your ‘why’? What has motivated you to apply for this role? Why are you interested in this sector?
- Explain how your experience will enable you to lead this organisation.

    Interview process

    Our application pool will be shortlisted and 2 interviews will be conducted, including a presentation.

    - Applications close on Thursday 8th April
    - Week of 12th April first interviews
    - Week of 19th April second interviews, including candidate presentation
    - Appointment will be made week of 26th April, position to start in June 2021 (earlier if possible).

    Any questions?

    If you have any questions about this role, please contact:

    - Board Chair, Raymond Key - or
    - Marketing and Membership Services Director, Eleanor Cater -

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