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Situations vacant: YNZ Education Lead

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Yachting New Zealand have bold plans to make sailing more accessible to Kiwis from a wide variety of backgrounds 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 the New Zealand curriculum 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 this country, 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). It uses an integrated, experiential curriculum, having been co-designed with teachers, tamariki and rangitahi to ensure it reflects their needs and wants, and also offers an on-water experience at a local sailing and boating club for young people to put their knowledge into practice. 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.

We need someone who can help embed RŪNĀ into our club landscape and to connect schools, kura and local communities. They will also support clubs to be operationally sustainable. Ultimately, RŪNĀ will introduce more New Zealanders to our sport both in the classroom and out on the water, and make sailing more accessible to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.

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.

The job is based at Yachting New Zealand’s headquarters in Takapuna but offers a degree of flexibility.

If this has tickled your interest, you can find out more about the role in the full job description below.

We’re ready to fill the role so send your CV and cover letter to Raynor Haagh ( by July 9.