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Yachting New Zealand positions available

Updated: 11 January 2022

Sailing and training administrator role at Yachting New Zealand

Yachting New Zealand are looking for an administrator with a yachting background to support the organisation around all things for big boat sailing (keelboats, multihulls and trailer yachts), race officials and volunteer training.

Based in our Takapuna office, this is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned, tech-savvy administrator who has the ability to multi-task. This permanent position is for 32hr (O.8 FTE) and has some flexibility around the hours you choose to work during the week.

You will be working closely within the team at Yachting New Zealand and supporting two important Yachting New Zealand committees - the Cruising, Inshore and Offshore Racing Committee and the Race Officials Committee - both of which are tasked to provide guidance regarding growing and delivering the sport of yachting.

You will also be responsible for:

  • the Yachting New Zealand national boat register
  • national yacht handicapping system (PHRF)
  • website and online systems
  • providing support around safety and technical matters
  • national events
  • implementation of race official and volunteer training
  • Yachting New Zealand’s online training platform.

Your ideal background

Your can-do attitude, coupled with great interpersonal skills and attention to detail, will ensure you succeed in this role. As a highly organised person, you are customer-centric, practical, logical and thrive on the challenge of working in a busy and varied position. We are also looking for:

  • National Certificate in Business Administration (level 4) or equivalent experience
  • Experience in using a customer relationship management (CRM) system
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work autonomously while being part of a collaborative team
  • Demonstrate knowledge and interest in New Zealand yachting and boating sector

If this sounds like you, apply today. Please send your CV and include a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position. 

Submit applications to Raynor Haagh

Applications close 5 pm Friday 14 January 2022.

Updated: 11 January 2022

Education and environment coordinator | Rūnā Kaiwhakahaere

Yachting New Zealand are looking to make a big difference in both the educational and environmental spheres and need someone to help deliver that. It’s why we’ve created a new, fulltime role for someone to oversee our new schools’ programme as well as supporting the implementation of our environmental strategy.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and organised educator with experience in planning, project implementation and curriculum development who also has a passion for the water and the environment to join our team at Yachting New Zealand. We’re the national sports organisation for sailing and boating in New Zealand, from grassroots through to high performance, so we’re equally interested in harvesting Olympic champions as environmental ones.

We recently reinvented the way we engage with schools and Kura throughout Aotearoa New Zealand by developing a schools’ programme called RŪNĀ (follow your star) that uses an integrated, experiential curriculum that helps Kiwi kids develop water skills while researching local history (Korinorino), harnessing the power of the wind (Kōkōkaha) and restoring marine ecosystems (Moanamana). It is the first of its kind in this country and the first module (Kōkōkaha) was introduced in schools throughout New Zealand in 2021 to overwhelming success. Now we want to take it to the next level.

That’s where the new role comes in. The successful applicant will support the ongoing implementation of Kōkōkaha and help coordinate the sailing experiences delivered alongside that by our RŪNA providers and Yachting New Zealand’s roaming trailers. There is still work to be done on the design and implementation of our two further modules, Korinorino and Moanamana, so experience in curriculum design, website engagement and teacher resource development will be valuable in this role.

We also need someone who can help implement our environmental strategy and support our network of clubs and class associations as they become more environmentally savvy. You don’t need to be David Attenborough, but a love of the environment is a necessity, as is good computer and communications skills.

 Key accountabilities of the role include:

  • Oversee and manage Yachting New Zealand’s engagement with schools
  • Coordinate the implementation of Yachting New Zealand’s environmental strategic objectives
  • Manage RŪNĀ service delivery and content 
  • Coordinate and support the network of RŪNĀ providers
  • Coordinate and support delivery of RŪNĀ through Yachting New Zealand mobile trailers
  • Support the development and implementation of additional RŪNĀ modules
  • Lead the implementation of Yachting New Zealand’s environmental strategy
  • Support the integration of schools’ engagement with Yachting New Zealand’s environmental strategy
  • Conduct all activities in line with Yachting New Zealand’s strategic plan, operational plans and budgets.

To be successful in your application, you will have:

  • An understanding of, and experience working in the schooling sector, including knowledge of curriculum development strategies, and placed based curriculum implementation principles
  • Commitment to the principles of Tiriti o Waitangi and to understanding Tikanga and te Reo Māori
  • Understanding of Education Outside the Classroom practices including risk and safety management procedures
  • Experience in environmental education and sustainability preferred, but not essential
  • Strong relationship management skills
  • Strong capability in the use of a range of information technologies including the use of cloud-based content management and customer relationship systems
  • Innovative and creative marketer including the effective use of social media
  • A passion for the environment, sailing and the ocean

Applications close at 5 pm Friday, 28 January 2022 

For a job description or further information please contact Raynor Haagh or call (09) 361 1471.

Applications with a cover letter and CV should be sent to Raynor Haagh

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Contact for more details.

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Apply to or

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Applicants would need to demonstrate a passion for sailing and working with youth.

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