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Situations vacant - YNZ programmes coordinator

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Sail for life is a mantra Yachting New Zealand believe in which means we run myriad programmes tailored for individuals of all ages and stages.

Yachting New Zealand are looking for someone to join our team as a programmes coordinator. The principal responsibility will be to deliver the highly-successful Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! programme but will also involve a handful of other tasks including:

  • Supporting the delivery and development of programmes like Yachting New Zealand's learn to sail programme and online learning tool, Embark
  • Administering the national events system and national event review panel
  • Administering the Yachting New Zealand appeals process
  • Providing support to the Yachting New Zealand race officials committee
  • Administering the national race officials qualification system
  • Contributing to Yachting New Zealand's best practice manual for clubs

Yachting New Zealand is the national sports organisation in New Zealand for the sport of sailing at all levels. We are a not-for-profit organisation of approximately 25 employees around the country and more than 200 member clubs, classes and affiliated organisations.

The Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! programme is Yachting New Zealand’s initiative to get children into sailing and last season a record 4000 took part. Offered to schools throughout the country in terms four and one, it is designed to give primary and intermediate school students the opportunity to try sailing in a safe and well-managed environment.

The successful applicant will manage the three Volvo Sailing... Have a Go! instructors around the country as well as maintain and build relationships with a number of key stakeholders including schools, clubs and funding agencies.

The programme coordinator is a permanent, part time role (0.6 FTE) and some flexibility is offered around days and hours worked.

We're looking for someone who has been involved in yacht clubs and their programmes and has experience with coaching and training programmes, working with volunteers and managing and delivering projects.

The successful person will need to be a good communicator and adept at relationship management, be highly organised and think laterally and find ways to solve problems.

See the link for a full job description

Applications by email should go to Any queries can be directed to Andrew Clouston at

Applications close on Friday, August 16 2019.