Current Vacancies

Chief Executive Officer - Rowing New Zealand

  • National Sport Organisation - Olympic Sport
  • Strategic and operational leadership position
  • Engage the New Zealand rowing stakeholder family
  • Based at Lake Karapiro (hybrid options available)

Rowing New Zealand (Rowing NZ) is the national sports organisation for all rowing in New Zealand and is responsible for the management and development of the sport through club and community level participation as well as managing the international teams representing New Zealand from the juniors to the successful elite team, including at World Championships and Olympic / Paralympic Games.

Reporting to the Board of Directors via the Chair, the CEO will be responsible for delivering the vision, strategic leadership and management of Rowing New Zealand (RNZ). The CEO will inspire, lead and empower a diverse community including, athletes, volunteers, stakeholders and investors.

The CEO will represent RNZ at all levels, advocating for the sport with key funders and policy makers, building relationships with stakeholders, and engaging with the rowing community in club rooms and on riverbanks. The role will also manage and empower a high-performing team of circa 20 staff. Due to the small size of RNZ, the CEO role requires a balance of leadership and direction with know-how and a willingness to support and adapt business operations to ensure organisational best practice.

To be considered for this role you will be a dynamic leader with calm, impactful and persuasive communication skills. You will have a reputation for swiftly building trusted collaboration, underpinning lasting and positive working relationships with a complex network of stakeholders.

You will have experience in strategic leadership roles, ideally but not exclusively, within a sport environment. You may already have CEO experience or be ready for the step into a leadership role. Regardless, you will require a strong 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 acumen and entrepreneurial growth mindset will be matched by your skill in identifying and capitalising on revenue generating opportunities, whilst your financial acumen will successfully deliver against strategic and operational objectives.

An understanding of both elite/high performance sport (including what it takes to achieve performance objectives at Olympic Games) as well as community/recreational sport would be viewed favourably. A background in rowing 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.

This is a rare opportunity to lead one of New Zealand's most successful Olympic Sports whilst building on and continuing the success of rowing to achieve the strategic vision to be the best rowing nation in the world.

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 Sunday 28 April, 2024 - we reserve the right to close the role as soon as 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 CEO Rowing New Zealand search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment - our 254th CEO search.

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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