The Coastguard Unit President does not need to know one end of a boat from another. It is your managerial, administration and people leading skills we are looking for.
Great governance and leadership are an essential part of ensuring our Units have the skills and support they need to save lives at sea. Coastguard Units across Aotearoa have a President supported by a Committee or operational committee that is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Unit’s operations. Working closely with committee members, office holders, Unit volunteers and Coastguard New Zealand support staff, Presidents are a vital cog in a Unit’s success.
Manage the Committee meetings and Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Lead the Unit through the development and implementation of its annual operational plan and setting of strategic goals
Represent the Unit in local media and within the community by acting as an ambassador for Coastguard and an advocate for the Unit
Oversee the development of unit operating guidelines, policies and procedures and that these are implemented
Be a signatory for all Unit bank accounts and support the Treasurer by checking and signing off on all payments
Liaise with the Regional Manager in relation to the operation of the Unit within the Coastguard strategic direction and compliance with Coastguard Policies and Procedures
Monitor the moral of the Unit and take steps to ensure that our people are well trained, equipped and appropriately supported
What we’re looking for from you:
A great President is someone who can communicate effectively, ensuring volunteers are well informed and engaged
Has or is prepared to develop good working knowledge of the constitution, policies and procedures of the Unit and Coastguard
Is a great people leader, with the ability to support volunteers throughout the Unit and bring them together united in the vision of saving lives at sea.
Time commitment is approx 2-5 hours a week, depending on the time of year and projects that the unit is working on. You will also be required to attend the unit monthly committee meeting and some training nights.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
Applicants for this role are required to undergo Police vetting.
You can find out more about this process on the Police website:
As we are constantly dealing with members of the public both on and off the water, we run open days, attend community events and have groups visit our units such as school groups, Scouts, Guides etc we are required to screen due to coming into contact with Children and Youth and also potentially the aged or vulnerable. Also due to your need to be across the financials of the unit and a role model for the conduct of those within the unit, all volunteers undergo the vetting process.