Want to work for GirlGuiding New Zealand?

Join GirlGuiding NZ and make a difference in the lives of rangatahi throughout New Zealand. We are currently offering fully remote working opportunities across Aotearoa, with all necessary technology provided. Become part of our small, tight-knit team dedicated to empowering girls and young women. Explore our vacancies below and apply today to shape a brighter future.

Chief Executive

  • Critical point of change – transformational and authentic leadership role
  • Be a leading voice for girls and young women in NZ
  • Remote working – lead a geographically dispersed team from anywhere in NZ

GirlGuiding New Zealand (GGNZ) is a non-profit organisation that has been delivering programmes in Aotearoa for 110 years. Their mission is to enable girls and young women to develop into confident, adventurous and empowered leaders in their local, national and global communities.

The organisation undergone significant change over the past 12 months, including a significant restructure, and this is an exciting time to take the reins as Chief Executive. A new senior leadership team in place, all six months into their tenure, a refreshed and dynamic Board, and they’re entering stage two of a large organisation wide change project to transform internal business and IT systems.

We are looking for someone with a authentic leadership style, who can engage and empower GGNZ’s team, staff and volunteers, which is fundamental to the success of their girl-led and volunteer model.  Your ability to recognise opportunities to advance the GirlGuiding brand as a trusted and relevant organisation in advancing leadership and opportunities for our members. 

You will be someone who has the ability to adapt and plan for growth, can make sound decisions in an ever-changing environment, and effectively lead a remote team to grow GGNZ’s membership and volunteer base.

With a strategic plan in place for 2023-2027, and an approved 2024 national operating plan and budget. The strategic priorities for 2024 include:

  • Engaged team with a positive, open culture.
  • Develop and expand the base of leaders.
  • A refreshed and relevant organisational brand and marketing.
  • Embedded diversity and inclusion across the organisation.
  • Systems and processes that enable the organisation to meet its objectives.
  • Te Tiriti embedded across the organisation.
  • Increased funding support to contribute to the organisations mission.

This is a remote working position, meaning you can be based anywhere in New Zealand, but will need to be available to undertake national travel as required.  Your open and communicative style will support leading a remote working team.


This position represents the opportunity to consolidate the extensive work of the last 12 months, stamp your mark and take the organisation forward.

Person Profile:

  • Senior leadership experience in a volunteer, not for profit or community-based environment.
  • Proven ability to achieve organizational goals at an executive level, with experience in supporting a Board.
  • Strategic, analytical and conceptual thinking capabilities and the ability to translate strategic direction into successful operational initiatives.
  • Experience leading large-scale transformational change, with the passion and drive to take the organisation through change and into a future-state.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire teams and to support and develop a positive workplace culture.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills, including being a skilled public speaker.
  • A connector and collaborator with a track record of success in building and maintaining exceptional relationships with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Strong business acumen and financial management skills.
  • A consultative and open style with a transparent approach.
  • Cultural awareness, with a strong commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Experience working in the development of youth and/or women leadership would be advantageous.
  • Ability to travel as required.

Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 28 February 2024
Applications to: Kirsty McLaren via
Position description: Available to view at


Volunteer Audit, Finance and Risk Committee

Exciting Opportunity: Join Our Volunteer Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee!

Are you passionate about contributing to the financial well-being and long-term viability of a respected organization? GirlGuiding New Zealand is inviting applications for positions on our dynamic Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee. This committee plays a pivotal role in advising and supporting the National Board in matters related to financial management, risk assessment, and property strategies.

We are looking for individuals with a strong background in financial literacy, risk management, and/or property management, coupled with a genuine enthusiasm for the mission of GirlGuiding. You don’t need to be an accountant or a current member of GGNZ – so feel free to share this opportunity with your network!

Position Details:

  • Term: Three years, with the potential for renewal for an additional three years.
  • Commitment: Four meetings per year (in-person or via video conference), with potential for additional meetings, video calls, or email correspondence as needed.

Key Areas of Oversight:

  • Financial Management
  • Investments
  • External Audit and Financial Reporting
  • Risk Management, including Privacy and Data Governance
  • Property Management

To learn more about the committee’s terms of reference or to express your interest, please forward a short CV and a covering letter to Sandra Lee, the Chair of the Audit, Finance, and Risk Committee c/o [email protected]

Join us in shaping the financial future and sustainability of GirlGuiding New Zealand! Your expertise and passion can make a significant impact. Apply now and be part of a dedicated team committed to empowering the next generation of leaders.