Current Vacancies

Chief Executive Officer - Canoe Racing New Zealand

  • National Sport Organisation - Olympic Sport!
  • Strategic and operational leadership position
  • Auckland or Cambridge location

Canoe Racing New Zealand (CRNZ) is the National Sport Organisation (NSO) responsible for flatwater (sprint and marathon) and ocean (surfski) kayaking in New Zealand. CRNZ has a history of outstanding performances at the Olympic Games and over the last five years has been focusing on building participation and engagement in paddling by implementing the 2020-2028 Strategic Plan (attached).

Reporting to the Board of Directors via the Chair, the CEO will lead CRNZ towards its strategic objectives through leadership and contribution to CRNZ activities, inspiring the support of all CRNZ’s community including affiliated Clubs, staff, athletes, volunteers, stakeholders, and investors.

Due to the small size of CRNZ (10 staff), the CEO role requires a balance of leadership and direction with know-how and a willingness to support business operations. This includes understanding high performance (including what it takes to achieve objectives at Olympic Games) and community/recreational sport.

The CEO’s key responsibilities are:

  • Be the chief advocate for the sport, the organisation, and our people, growing awareness of paddling and the profile CRNZ
  • Lead a high-performing team and maintain a culture of excellence, inclusivity, and care
  • Problem-solve and lead the organisation through challenges that arise, and
  • Maintain the current funding streams while seeking to develop new opportunities.

To be considered for this role you will preferably be tertiary qualified with significant diversified experience in strategic leadership roles, ideally from within a sports environment. You will be a dynamic leader with a proven track record in managing and growing like-sized businesses, budgets and resources, with proven strength and experience across the core functional responsibilities of leadership, governance, relationship / stakeholder management, financial accountability and commercial management.

Your commercial and financial acumen will successfully deliver against strategic objectives whilst building strong networks and relationships across a wide range of stakeholders.

A background in paddling is not required; however you must be committed to providing strong foundations for the growth and success of the sport both at the elite and community/recreational levels.

How to Apply

Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately. If you are intending to apply, please do so now.

Applications Close: 5pm Thursday 16 February, 2023 - We reserve the right to close the role early if sufficient merit applications are received.

Application Format: Candidates must complete and submit the COMPULSORY Sportspeople Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) at the time of applying. The Form contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application. Sportspeople Recruitment recommends a letter of introduction and a CV merged into the Application Form as one MS Word file where possible.


The Chief Executive Officer, Canoe Racing New Zealand search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Karen Good on +64 21 231 9602, FREECALL NZ 0800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000.

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