Executive Director

  • Promote equitable access to public library services for all New Zealanders
  • Strong relationship management and advocacy focus
  • Permanent part time (22.5 hrs/week), virtual location

Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) is the professional association for public library leaders. Their role is to foster a strong and influential network of public library leaders. This is achieved by offering their members advocacy and support services, resources and shared learning opportunities.

The past five and a half years have been a period of change, growth, and renewed purpose for the association which is now well positioned for new leadership. PLNZ has a committed membership and a strong Executive Committee that brings leadership and mana to the sector.

This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to promote equitable access to public library services for all New Zealanders. You will need to be both agile and strategic in your thinking and an exceptional listener, communicator, and relationship manager.

A passion for and understanding of the roles that public libraries play in their communities is a must, as is previous experience working in membership-based organisations and an understanding of the not-for-profit sector.

This is a permanent part time opportunity, where you will work from home. There is therefore flexibility as to where in New Zealand you are based. The role is supported by a small cohort of contractor and temporary resources.

There are plenty of opportunities and challenges to sink your teeth into, including but not limited to the Annual Forum in Auckland in May 2023, a refresh of the Strategic Framework document and the independent Review into the Future for Local Government.

Person Profile:

  • Visionary and dynamic leadership style with proven experience in developing and leading high performing teams
  • Member value focus, with experience working in a membership organisation
  • Business management experience with demonstrated abilities in organisational budgets and finance
  • Highly developed advocacy, written and verbal communication skills
  • Politically savvy and a strategic thinker who’s able to translate strategic ideas into plans and actions
  • Commitment to proactive and regular member, partner and stakeholder engagement
  • A consultative and open style with a ‘no surprises’ approach
  • Strong relationship building and networking capabilities at all levels
  • Ability to undertake occasional domestic travel

Applications close: 5pm, Monday 6th February 2023

Applications to: Nikki Walshaw at mclaren.co.nz

Position description: Available to view at mclaren.co.nz

P: 04 499 1069

W: www.mclaren.co.nz

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