Chief Executive – Aotearoa

Preferably based in Christchurch

  • A national health and well-being opportunity: Make a difference for hundreds of thousands of lives impacted by endometriosis and pelvic pain.
  • A well-timed opportunity: Build on ENZ’s national media exposure, formal health-sector recognition, a post-Covid focus on well-being, and a renewed spotlight on gender equity.
  • A highly respected opportunity: ENZ punches above its weight – our impact and successes are under-pinned by leading clinicians, celebrities, politicians, and the thousands of every-day people who offer support and speak-out for change in addressing this debilitating condition.
  • A rewarding opportunity: The feel-good factor is huge. You will be nationally recognised for your achievements, zeal, and leadership with a reasonable salary for the charity sector.
  • An empowered opportunity: Reporting to a skilled governance board, you will have scope to use all your leadership talents, whilst staying connected to front-line service delivery. For a proven achiever, this could be an ideal entry-level executive position or an enlightened career move for a seasoned professional who wants to contribute to a better world.

Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ) represents the tens of thousands of people with endometriosis and we work with those who treat the condition and researchers to find solutions. We have achieved so much in the last 30 years, led by our amazing co-founder and international award-winning CEO, Deborah Bush MNZM QSM. We are people centred, evidenced-based, and deliver quality outcomes. ENZ provides unique and professional services and programs to reach individuals, communities, schools, workplaces, and all stakeholders involved in improving health outcomes for those with endometriosis and persistent pelvic pain.

Applications close 5:00 pm, Monday 8 February 2021. The Chief Executive position description can be viewed below or contact Cam Brinsdon at Board Clarity Ltd at or phone 0272332641.

Position Description


Endometriosis New Zealand (ENZ)


Strategic and operational management to ensure the efficient and effective running of ENZ, including people leadership, service / programme / resource development and rollout, development of practices, funding, and policies to support and grow ENZ. To work with all stakeholders to improve health outcomes for those with endometriosis and pelvic pain.

Reporting To

Trustees of the Board through the Chair


Sponsored or modest rented offices, preferably in Christchurch, and other locations where ENZ may have or may be required to carry on business from time to time

Direct Reports

All staff (Note: Deborah Bush the current CE will be engaged on a contract for service, reporting to the Board for an average 20 hours per week, for at least 12 months).

Key Working Relationships
(most frequent contacts)

Chair and Board Members
Endometriosis and pelvic pain community
ENZ’s wider community and stakeholders (national and international)
Health professionals
Endometriosis special interest groups
Medical colleges and medical fraternity.
Ministries of Health and Education, other government agencies and politicians.

General Contacts

General Public
Workplaces / schools / hospitals / private health clinics
Funders / donors
Business partners
Regulatory bodies


A tertiary qualification is preferred

Specific Skills

Ability to lead and motivate self and others
Possess a drive for achievement
Analytical / lateral / conceptual thinker
Strong leadership competencies
High degree of initiative, innovation and autonomy
Ability to empathise and relate well to others at all levels, internally and externally
Proficient written / communication skills to reach all internal / external contacts. The ability to develop, write and produce resource materials, funding applications and sponsorship deals.

Required Experience

General management, planning and change management
Considerable understanding of the NGO sector, including fundraising and all aspects of managing a charitable trust
Effective public speaking
Strong record of achievement
Expert knowledge of endometriosis and associated medical conditions, or experience that indicates this knowledge can be quickly acquired
Have empowered and led internal and external contacts
Exposure to a governance board
Understand research principles with the ability to partake in and encourage research.


As per Board direction or as delegated. Employ and end employment after consulting the Board, finances within delegations and budget limits, bank / account signatory.


Strategic Plan

Develop a strategic plan reflecting the Board’s priorities, that maximises the function of ENZ and delivers positive outcomes for the people ENZ serves. Ensure that the strategic direction is communicated across ENZ’s operations, enabling each staff member, volunteer, and stakeholder to uphold the vision and reach ENZ’s goals. Enhance the overall value of the organisation through maximising ENZ’s influence, reputation, and intellectual property. Ensure the plan is cognisant of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and reflects the organisation’s Trust Deed Considers global trends and best practices.

Financial Management

Work with the Board Treasurer, accountants and auditor. Ensure the efficient and effective use of ENZ’s financial assets within the limits of authority as set by the Board and with due regard and respect of charitable funds. Ensure financial reports are presented to the Board as they require. With Board approval prepare / oversee funding applications and budgets for special projects and the operation of ENZ. Ensure actual costs match budgets as granted. Ensure all responsibilities regarding accountability reports to philanthropic trusts, donors, funders, and sponsors are met.

Resource Management

Ensure the effective and efficient use of ENZ’s physical and human resources. Ensure the effective division and delegation of responsibilities and regular review of staff performance to the Board. Build an effective high performing team. Ensure service performance reports are presented to the Board as they require.

Medical/Sector Developments

Keep abreast of medical, associated business, health and education sectors, societal, economic, and political developments which may affect ENZ and report to the Board on such. Represent ENZ and other related organisations at conferences and meetings as required and approved by the Board.

Stakeholders and NGO Sector

Ensure ENZ complies with all its obligations under relevant statues and regulations affecting ENZ’s business including the Charities Act. Present and represent ENZ across the sector and in the media in a positive and informed manner.

Health and Safety

Ensure the safety and health of employees and others in the workplace

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