Position: Advisory Board Member (Human Resources)
Organisation: Dance & Arts Therapy NZ
Location: anywhere, provided can travel to Auckland for meetings.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the support and guidance of a young organisation supporting children, young people, families and adults and their wellbeing.

We have one vacancy for an Advisory Board member with specialist Human Resources/Employment experience, along with more general business experience ideally. We are looking for a board member who would like to support a relatively young organisation grow and thrive as we endeavour to meet the needs of varied and diverse communities.

The Board will support the work of Dance Therapy NZ (DTNZ) and provide mission based leadership and strategic advice on governance. The day-to-day operations are overseen by the Administrative Team, supported by the Founder and Director. The Board-Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is welcomed.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Advising on governance and oversight of the organisation and its activities and alignment to the Trust Deed objectives
  • Representing DTNZ to stakeholders and acting as an ambassador for the organisation
  • Providing direction, advice and support to the Director as she implements DTNZ’s strategic plan
  • Utilising strategic relationships with funders, partners, and other stakeholders to leverage/add value to the organisation and achievement of its mission, goals and objectives
  • Contribute to and model a culture of learning and development
  • Support with formulation and oversight of policies and procedures
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by DTNZ for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring organisational performance and effectiveness using those metrics
  • Assisting the Director in recruitment of trust board members
  • Reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Serving on committees and taking on particular assignments and roles on behalf of the Board

Board Terms:

DTNZ advisory board members will serve an initial one-year term, with review for re-appointment. Advisory Board meetings are held bi-monthly. There are currently no committees of the Board. Service on DTNZ’s board of trustees is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to board members’ duties (and a light lunch catered for meetings). You need not be based permanently in Auckland, so long as you can travel there for meetings.

Ideal Applicant Description:

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about DTNZ’s vision and mission and who has experience in leadership and governance. The selected Advisory Board member will have sound governance experience as a board member or in working with boards, strong connections and established relationships in Auckland, and have demonstrated skills in employment management, leadership, strategic thinking, and communication.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Ideally seeking a Board member with general management experience as well as expertise in their specialist area
  • Professional experience with significant leadership accomplishments in business, government, community, philanthropy, law or the not for profit sector
  • Demonstrated success as a board member, board chair, or senior executive preferably in the not for profit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of the DTNZ vision, mission and values, and to guiding and supporting organisational innovation and leadership
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable communities
  • Experience and understanding of new and developing organisations, in contributing to credibility in the community, with stakeholders and funders.

We particularly encourage applications from tangata whenua, a broad range of ethnicities, younger members of the community, individuals with a disability and the LGBTQI+ community.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining relevant experience to Anaia Treefoot (anaia@dancetherapy.co.nz / (09) 636 3029).