Chief Operating Officer

  • Anonymous Company
  • Christchurch Central, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Jul 09, 2024
Contract Management

Job Description

A exciting new 12 month position. Working across two primary regions (Ōtautahi and Tāmaki Makaurau) alongside our founder CEO and Board. 

Working with the Speed Freaks directly impacts the lives of others.  Our work shows what can be achieved when we work together to grow a community that cares for and understands that - whilst we all have different journeys - we can come together through the transformative magic of connection offered by running and walking. 

Building on the impressive three-year growth of the Speed Freaks Trust, the COO will develop and lead the operational structures, systems and processes required to sustain current service provision, in support of our strategic plan. Ensuring that our curious and innovative approach, is maintained and enable the expansion of delivery across multiple sites in the near future. 

This is a full-time role, and some travel will be required. This position offers the opportunity to work from home and within our local bases in Ōtautahi and Tāmaki Makaurau. However, our strong preference is for this role to be based in Ōtautahi.

Key Responsibilities  

Strategic Development: Work with our CEO to execute our recently reviewed strategy and to develop our day-to-day operations in alignment with our strategic plan and ongoing growth. 

Stakeholder Management: Cultivate and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Specifically, the COO will focus on sustaining and growing both our volunteer pathway and our stakeholder engagement. We are a proud strategic partner with ParkrunNZ

Operational Excellence: Ensure our operating model and core processes remain appropriate for the size and scale of the organisation. 

Health and Safety, risk Management: Ensure all legal and statutory requirements are met. Regularly review policies and procedures to maintain a high standard of risk management and health and safety. 

Operational Management: Prioritise existing and plan for future resources, working with the CEO to support the development of our staff team and volunteers 


About you  

To be successful in this role you will possess excellent communication skills with demonstrated skills and experience of the following;

Significant experience working in a related sector at the COO/ GM level, this may be Health, social enterprise, Community, and wellbeing sectors.  

Operational development, including online and social media applications.

Experience in service delivery in private and/or not-for-profit sectors. 

Ability to network and build relationships with diverse stakeholders and work across all sectors of the community, with knowledge of the volunteer and peer workforce. 

Knowledge of the running and walking community and the transformative power that this community offers others. 

Commitment to continuous improvement to achieve great outcomes for all. 

Understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the importance of developing cultural competencies in our work. 

A positive and passionate approach to work that fosters hope and builds community for tangata whai ora in their recovery journey.    


Speed Freaks

Job Summary

A exciting new 12 month position. Working across two primary regions (Ōtautahi and Tāmaki Makaurau) alongside our founder CEO and Board.

How to apply

Application Process. 

Applicants for this position must supply a CV and a covering letter identifying who they are and outlining how they meet the requirements of this role. 

If you would like to discuss the position further, please contact the Speed Freaks Trust CEO (Anna Christophorou) by email: 

Closing Date for application: Wednesday 24th July.


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