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ADRA New Zealand Chief Executive Officer

Adventist Development & Relief Agency N

 ADRA New Zealand

Chief Executive Officer

Commitment: Full-time

Location: Auckland – New Zealand


About the role

ADRA New Zealand is seeking applications from qualified and experienced professionals for the role of Chief Executive Officer.

As the Chief Executive Officer, you will play a pivotal role in our organisation, with responsibilities that include:

  • Visionary Leadership: Setting the strategic vision for ADRA NZ in alignment with our mission and values.
  • Operational Management: Efficiently managing the day-to-day operations and resources of the organisation.
  • Impactful Change: Spearheading initiatives that lead to meaningful change in the lives of the people we serve.
  • Team Leadership: Building and leading a dynamic team of dedicated professionals.

The CEO leads a team of dedicated professionals and works with a variety of stakeholders including Board members, other NGOs and Government authorities, Church leadership, regulatory bodies, and the ADRA global network, to ensure that ADRA is a professionally acclaimed faith based organisation delivering positive impact towards both the ADRA global purpose and vision of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Zealand.

Supported by a dynamic staff and volunteer team, the CEO works to unite the different talents of our stakeholders to pursue our strategy and work hard to achieve it. The successful applicant will be a management professional who loves to make a difference and who will meet the challenges of this diverse role with energy and enthusiasm.

About ADRA New Zealand

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the official humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  As part of the global ADRA network which reaches into over 100 countries, we are motivated by our faith, to enable people and communities in New Zealand, the South Pacific, Asia and other parts of the world to improve their health and livelihoods and assist people to prepare for and recover from disasters around the world.


ADRA New Zealand is fully accredited with the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade and Council for International Development.

Our Values – We conduct our work by being:

Connected – working collaboratively for the best outcome for those living in poverty or distress.

Courageous – persevering through challenging situations.

Compassionate – empathising with the communities we work with and with each other.

Selection Criteria


1.       Commitment to the purpose of ADRA, and to the achievement of our overall strategy and priorities with demonstration of our ADRA values and desired team culture lived out in all aspects of work practice.

2.       Dedication to leading within a Christian ethos with conduct that is respectful and congruent of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when in the workplace or otherwise representing ADRA New Zealand.

3.       Appropriate qualifications in humanities and social science.

4.       At least five years’ experience in a similar role with proven transformational leadership skills and demonstrated ability leading results in realisation of vision and strategic priorities.

5.       Commitment to and ability to work cross-culturally, and across differing professional groups, with respectful and appreciative understanding and communication.

6.       A desire to personally and corporately promote ADRA’s ministry to the Seventh‐day Adventist Church constituency and leadership.

7.       The ability to travel nationally and internationally.

8.       Demonstrated experience in humanitarian and non-profit operations.

9.       Knowledge and understanding of the Seventh-day Adventist Church structure, purpose and ways of working to invest in the overarching mission.

Other Requirements

  • At the time of application, the successful applicant will already have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand.
  • Commitment to abide by the ADRA New Zealand Code of Conduct and organisational policies and procedures. A copy of relevant policies is available on request.
  • ADRA New Zealand takes the prevention of sexual misconduct, harassment and child protection seriously and screens applicants for suitability. The successful applicant will be required to obtain a police check for each country in which the individual has lived for 12 months or longer over the last five years, and for the individual’s country of citizenship (including dual citizenship holders). The successful applicant will need to provide their consent to a criminal record check. ADRA New Zealand recognises that in limited instances it may prove impossible to obtain a reliable criminal record check. In such circumstances a statutory declaration outlining efforts made to obtain a foreign police check, and disclosing any charges and spent convictions may be accepted.
  • Applicants will be requested to disclose whether or not they have had a substantiated Sexual Exploitation Abuse or Harassment claim of any nature made against them in New Zealand or overseas. This is included in the Job Application Form.

How to Apply

If you are ready to take on this impactful role and lead ADRA NZ to new heights, please submit your application, including your resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and vision for the organisation. Please also address the selection criteria in your application letter providing examples of past experiences and qualifications.

Applications will close on the 15th December, however we will be interviewing suitable candidates as they apply. Please forward your letter and resume, along with the names of three work related referees to: [email protected]

ADRA New Zealand is on a committed journey to work and lead from our Christian faith-based ethos, to grow in our understanding of the privilege to work in bicultural Aotearoa, and at all times be a child-safe, PSEAH dedicated, inclusive and EEO employer.

The appointing body reserves the right to fill this position at its discretion and to close applications early.

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