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Chief Operating Officer – Nelson Environment Centre (Full-Time Role)

We are seeking candidates who excel at strategic thinking, project and team management and ensuring the delivery of core operational outcomes. You’ll enjoy working in a small, fast-paced team environment, where the nature of the work requires dynamic and flexible working.


Job Description

About Us

The Nelson Environment Centre (NEC) is a social enterprise that helps the Nelson Tasman community live more sustainably and reduce its impact on the environment. Established in 1976, we’re proud to be the oldest Environment Centre in NZ.

With 21 team members and 35 volunteers across two locations, we provide a range of services to assist people to take positive action: the ReUse Shops based in Annesbrook, Electronic Waste Recycling, and advice for businesses and organisations on how to reduce waste. We provide information and resources for the public and run community workshops on a variety of environmental topics. We also operate Kai Rescue, a food rescue initiative that collects surplus food and distributes it to charities to give to people in need. We help people to recycle, reduce waste and reduce energy use. We empower them to create healthy soils and gardens, grow food and to live well. We provide local solutions to global environmental issues through education and action.

We are now looking for a Chief Operations Officer (COO) with a passion for the environment to join our team and help us create a truly sustainable Nelson Tasman.

The Person

We are seeking candidates who excel at strategic thinking, project and team management and ensuring the delivery of core operational outcomes. You’ll enjoy working in a small, fast-paced team environment, where the nature of the work requires dynamic and flexible working. This role will suit candidates who can think on their feet and have the confidence to communicate our work to our members and stakeholders. Being a small NFP with limited resources, we’re looking for people with excellent people management skills who remain calm under pressure, can oversee a busy work programme and keep an eye on the big picture. You’ll be passionate about ensuring smooth operations and delivering real impact on the ground towards our vision of a sustainable environment.

This role could be either part-time or full-time depending on the right person’s need. Our ideal candidate will be driven by purpose not remuneration (although we will pay you!) and have values aligned to our own.

The Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this new role will work with colleagues from across the Centre to ensure the efficient and effective allocation of resources across our operations. The role will focus on operationalising strategy and allow the CE to concentrate on advocacy, networks and policy.

The role will be responsible for implementing and managing operational requirements, H&S requirements, and HR & wellbeing requirements. Other tasks will include process optimisation, supporting the Centre’s Programme Leads in all aspects of operational delivery and team management along with project management and support as required.

This is a busy, demanding, but highly rewarding role that sits at the very heart of the Centre.

Skills and Experience

The COO must be organised and self-motivated with clear experience of managing logistics, resource planning or scheduling of a busy team.

It is vital that the postholder is people-focused and can communicate clearly, promote a positive team culture, and apply a calm and rational approach to work in what is a 363-days per year Centre. Experience in working with volunteers would be an advantage.

A good understanding of systems and processes is needed, allowing the COO to identify and implement opportunities for improvement in how the Centre manages workflows and allocates resource.

The COO will be able to uphold, instil and be an active representative of NEC’s integrity, behaviours and core values both inside and outside the Centre.

Listing Attachments:

NEC – Chief Operations Officer – Job Description – June 2021

How to Apply

If an opportunity to really make a difference and to work with other passionate, like-minded people appeals to you, please send your cover letter and CV to Donna Scholfield; [email protected] or call Donna on 021 277 3006 to discuss further. Applications close Thursday, 15 July 2021.

Job Category: Leadership roles. Job Type: Full-Time. Job Salary: 60,000 – 80,000.
Closes July 15, 2021

Attached information: https://www.volunteernelson.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/formidable/8/NEC-Chief-Operations-Officer-Job-Description-June-2021.pdf

Article type: Job Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Name: Donna Scholfield
Contact Phone: 021 277 3006
Contact Email: [email protected]

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