Applications for this role closed on 31 July 2022 – thank you for your interest

The Courageous Conversation Aotearoa Foundation® is a New Zealand registered charitable trust and sister organisation to the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation in the United States and works closely with the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute, a New Zealand registered company. Our mission is to elevate racial consciousness through interracial dialogue in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Grounded in Te Tiriti and a Māori world view, we offer a protocol for healthy and productive conversations about race and racism,deepening our collective understanding of racial equity. The Foundation assists and supports communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to pursue authentic  tiriti-based relationships, racial healing and social justice. 

The Foundation board of trustees are Ripeka Evans, Trustee and Chair of the Board and Director, Chair and Deputy Chair of commercial and Crown owned companies, and Trustee of whenua, whānau and philanthropic trusts; Glenn Singleton, Trustee and Courageous Conversation Global Foundation founder, creator of Courageous Conversation and Chair of its board of directors, Author of Courageous Conversations About Race, First through Third Editions; Chelsea Winstanley, Oscar® nominated producer, an award-winning filmmaker, producer, writer and director, and Moss Te Ururangi Paterson, Award winning Māori Choreographer and Dancer.

Our Executive Director, Sarah Smith is commuting internationally while we reach within the network for an Aotearoa based person. Sarah will maintain her business roles in Aotearoa and globally and support the handover to our next Executive Director.

He karanga tēnei – We welcome Expressions of Interest for a highly competent Executive Director to lead our organisation towards our next stage of hopeful growth and design and direct strategies that support and enhance our organisational operations with our partners. Your exceptional stewardship, communication and strategic planning skills as an executive director will be applied to support our organisation in building our philanthropic brand and foundational partnerships. You shall navigate the foundation forward connecting everything we do to our mission and kaupapa.

The Executive Director will lead and manage a small team of contractors, grow and leverage sponsorship and funding, optimise financial operations, establish business goals, ensure tax and legal compliance, nurture programmes including the ROAR programme, advise the board on organisational activities and oversee and streamline operations and execute business projects.

The ideal Executive Director for the Courageous Conversation Aotearoa Foundation® must possess a strong entrepreneurial and not for profit drive, outstanding communication and human relationship building skills. You shall be able to move seamlessly in business and different cultural settings. With strong leadership qualities, and good planning and organisational skills you shall direct our business strategy, improve our revenue, streamline our operations, effectively and efficiently direct budgets, and enhance relations with sponsors and funders, the media, stakeholders, staff, and communities.

Applications for this role closed on 31 July 2022 – thank you for your interest



Dimensions:   Executive Director, Internal & External Web/Administrators/Contractors 

Reports to:            Chair, Board of Trustees

Budget:                  TBC

Remuneration:   Confidential

Location:   Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Executive Director Responsibilities:

Develop and implement strategies aiming to promote the organisation’s mission and kaupapa

Prepare comprehensive sponsorship, funding and project applications and budgets.

Developing and cultivating high trust relationships with sponsors, funders, and external authorities. 

Design, produce and deliver public facing events in person and on-line.

Create business plans for the attainment of goals and objectives set with the board of trustees

Build effective project teams and leaders by providing guidance and coaching to contractors and staff

Act as the public speaker and public relations representative of the foundation to strengthen its profile

Devise remedial actions for any identified issues and conduct crisis management when necessary

Coach and grow programmes including the Rangatahi Organised Against Racism  programme.

Oversee day-to-day business project activities and maintain tax and legal compliance status.

Report on revenue and expenditure against funding and project  budgets.

Executive Director Requirements:

Competent in te reo and confident in tikanga Māori values and ethics.

Master’s in business administration or equivalent.

Financial management experience/ In-depth knowledge of financial/sponsorship and fundraising,advancement and development

Highly organised.

Public relations, marketing and brand management knowledge.

Advanced critical analysis of te Tiriti o Waitangi, racial equity, racial healing and the CC protocol.

Proven track record of successful leadership with a strong focus on execution. 

Sound understanding of governance and working to and in partnership with a board.

Understanding of commercial, cultural, and social drivers of sponsors and how to leverage and influence these for the benefit of the foundation.

Key Competencies

High professional, strategic oriented leader.

Culturally, commercially and technologically savvy

Team, Network and alliance builder and motivator.

An analytical mind capable of “out-of-the-box” thinking, problem solver. 

Personal Attributes

Empathetic, agile, resilient, passionate

Effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills.