Chief Executive Officer


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Applications Close - End of Day: 11-10-2020


New Zealand

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Location: Whangarei - Fixed Term Contract

Ma te ako, ma te mahi, ka hua, ka ora

Through learning and work we can earn, we can prosper and thrive

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for NorthTec to adapt its delivery of vocational education and training to suit the jobs of today and the future of work in Northland and beyond. The RoVE programme will see NorthTec along with the other polytechnics and industry training organisations transform into a unified vocational education system over the next two and a half years under the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST). On April 3rd 2020, NorthTec became a subsidiary of NZIST. NorthTec is the largest provider of vocational education and training in Northland.

NorthTec’s reset vision “Ma te ako, ma te mahi, ka hua, ka ora” – Through learning and work, we can prosper and thrive” is underscored with a mission to become “a future ready institution that prepares our learners to be work ready to produce regional and iwi growth”.

The Board of NorthTec is seeking an exceptional Chief Executive, a change agent to position NorthTec for te pukenga rua - skills, training, technological change and employment success now and in the future.

The new NorthTec CEO will have a passion for vocation and a belief that learning while earning and knowing who you areand where you come from is critical to learner and Māori learner success, and that learner success translates to success for students, their whānau and whole communities.

Role Purpose:

  • Develop and communicate the vision for the whole organisation and with the IST wide network
  • Drive transformational change
  • Build a strong and collaborative team and team culture – he waka eke noa
  • Build strong connections within the education sector, and with regional employers, Iwi, Hapū, industry and government agencies  
  • Deliver outcome focused results

Key Requirements:

  • The Chief Executive Officer will be an experienced, strategic, commercial and action-oriented leader with:
  • Proven experience in actualising change, potentially within a significant organisation
  • Proven business skills
  • High cultural intelligence
  • Critical awareness of regional and Māori economic development success
  • A strong customer/learner focus
  • Proven experience building industry networks and coalitions of the willing
  • Knowledge of the importance of building alliances with Te Tiriti partners
  • Excellent strategic capability and demonstrated success delivering equitable outcomes

Please contact Nick Scarlett for further information at:

Applications close on Sunday, 11 October 2020