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Strategic Alignment, Momentum, & Inclusion (SAMI) Driver

Full time | Contract role (6-12months)

Applications close: 7 October, 2018

This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase your talents in operational planning, implementation and monitoring to enhance our vibrant Waitaki community.

  • Empower community inclusion

  • Influence community sustainability

  • Enrich community connectivity

For a copy of the full job description , please click here.

About the Waitaki Community Gardens Trust

The Waitaki Community Gardens Trust vision is ‘inspiring community sustainability’ with three key areas of strategic focus;

  • Empowerment

  • Sustainability

  • Localism

As an organisation entering our 10th year of operations; we are intent on advancing a series of significant projects which deliver to our strategic goals.

Our Strategic Goals

  1. To build powerful intergenerational pathways for knowledge sharing, creating child-centred solutions that advocate for inclusion, support diversity, deliver community-based education solutions and support lifelong learning.

  2. To increase resilience within our gardens, our purpose and our community - future proofing through futuristic approaches that provide accessibility, cleverness and agility beyond foreseeable community needs.

  3. To develop our land, stories and people to create a thriving quadruple bottom line Waitaki community that is enriched through balanced Social, Cultural, Environmental and Economic development.

About the role

This is a new role, supported by a proactive Board of Trustees and a talented team, providing an exceptional opportunity to make your mark in a thriving regional setting.

Your success measures are geared to enhance the wellbeing of our community across our four pou (quadruple) bottom line, i.e. providing social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits to the people in the Waitaki region.

You will:

  • develop operational plans for the organisation as well as several key projects,

  • develop business cases and prepare feasibility assessments,

  • secure funds and resources to deliver to the operational plan and projects,

  • enhance current executive, board and stakeholder reporting against strategy,

  • develop and implement policies and procedures.


  • This is an autonomous role - your opportunity to make a difference, your way.

  • Well respected organisation with an engaged and supportive community of stakeholders.

  • Live, work and play in one of New Zealand’s most progressive regions.

  • Enjoy the astounding natural beauty on your doorstep.

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant qualification in change management, strategy implementation and / or relevant experience.

  • Proven experience in identifying and securing funding via grants, partnerships (Government and Commercial) and sponsorship.

  • Proven track record in leadership. Can provide examples of initiative or programme leadership that delivered meaningful impact.

  • Experience in leading cross-organisation initiatives, engaging stakeholders and drawing together diverse teams to deliver initiatives.

  • Solid knowledge and experience with data collection, models and methodologies, analytic systems and tools.

  • Experience in working in or with the not-for-profit sector.

  • Experience in developing new commercial products or services and taking them to market an advantage.

  • Experience in tech and primary sectors an advantage.

For a copy of the full job description , please click here.

Applications close: 7 October, 2018

To apply, please email your cover letter and CV to: Cara Tipping Smith, Interim SAMI, c/o

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The Waitaki Community Gardens

Off Chelmer Street, Oamaru - between The Public Gardens and Fenwick Park

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