Work with us: Programme Manager, Auckland [CLOSED] | Sustainable Coastlines

Programme Manager

Job Description

Love our coastlines? Want to play a key role in restoring and protecting them? Are you community focused with an epic ability to bring people together towards a shared kaupapa? If you’ve had experience managing large scale events and motivating a high performing team in the environmental space – you could be the passionate person we’re looking for!

About Us

Established in April 2009, the Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust is a multi award-winning New Zealand charity that exists to connect people to nature and inspire change. Our long-term, shared vision is to restore the mauri for our moana and our mission is to support communities around Aotearoa to prevent litter and restore waterways. We want to see beautiful beaches / oneone kōrekoreko, healthy waters / waiora and inspired people / tāngata whakaohooho. We believe we can be part of the solution, working with local communities,  government and business across Aotearoa and the world.

The Role

We’re looking for a new member of our Operations team to manage the planning and delivery of the “on-the-ground” components of our Love Your Coast programme, in order to deliver the award winning mahi Sustainable Coastlines is known for.

The Love Your Coast (LYC) Programme Manager will lead the implementation of the Love Your Coast programme strategy. They will focus on the planning, continuous improvement and execution of the “on-the-ground” components of the Love Your Coast programme, in conjunction with direct reports, to deliver this world-class programme.

Working with the support and guidance of our People & Operations Director, and with strategic direction from our Programmes Director, the purpose of this position is to coordinate and implement significant beach clean-up projects, environmental education and campaigns across Aotearoa. This includes but is not limited to: school education and events, corporate events, sponsor projects, public events, monitoring and evaluation, training and support.

This position will also involve managing an evolving team of Sustainable Coastlines Employees, Volunteers and Interns to effectively deliver our core programmes and closely collaborating with the Love Your Water and Litter Intelligence Programme Managers, whilst also managing internal relationships with other teams, such as funding, partnerships and communications. The LYC Programme Manager will oversee the management and growth of our highly accomplished staff and be responsible for supporting them to achieve their own performance goals.

Personal Attributes

  • Creativity and strong problem-solving skills with the ability to think on your feet
  • Highly organised
  • Keen and fast learner
  • Empathy and great communication skills
  • Knowledge of tikanga Māori and at least basic te reo Māori desirable
  • A commitment to the mission, vision and values of Sustainable Coastlines
  • Ability and desire to travel domestically and be on the road on an occasional basis

Skills & Experience

  • A strong connection to the ocean and understanding of water and ocean related issues, either professionally or otherwise
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience in managing and nurturing a team and creating a positive and supportive team culture
  • Ability to manage money; a proven history of successfully completing and documenting projects within budget constraints
  • Proven success in the planning, implementation, and completion of large scale events, ideally with previous experience in environmental or outdoor activities
  • Proven success in the planning, implementing and completion of educational activities and programmes
  • Confidence in presenting and talking with large groups and building relationships with a range of stakeholders, including community groups and mana whenua
  • Strong industry experience and knowledge, ideally in Community Engagement and/or Environmental Sustainability
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective and meaningful external relationships
  • Proven ability to manage time, money, resources and priorities to successfully achieve projects’ outcomes

Values Alignment

Our core values are:

  • Respect indigenous knowledge – We’re committed to being a better collaborator by increasing our understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga, te reo, and te ao māori.
  • Create the high five effect – We motivate people through passion, fun, positivity and a sense of achievement.
  • Together is better – We’re caring, collaborative, diverse and inclusive.
  • Strive for brilliance – We’re curious, tech-enabled people, open to new approaches.
  • Make waves – We focus on high impact solutions and measurable outcomes.

Come join our whānau to connect people to nature and inspire change. If you want to work in an exciting, inclusive, fast-paced non-profit, then we’d love to hear from you.

How to Apply

Email your CV and cover letter to Maurine Talpin:
[email protected] by 31 August.


Job Category: Environment / Conservation. Job Type: Full-Time. Job Salary: $70,000 – 74,999. Closes 31 August, 2021