Chiasma is a registered New Zealand charity and the leading member-based volunteer organisation that creates links between academia and the wider science and technology industries. Launched 15 years ago at the University of Auckland, it has since branched into Dunedin and Wellington. Each regional branch is run by a local student-led committee with a National committee coordinating and supporting the regions, under the guidance of an Alumni Advisory Board.

Chiasma’s mission is to inspire and engage our tertiary students to develop successful careers in science and technology. Our organisation serves this mission by empowering tertiary students with the necessary skills, networks and mindset. In turn, these innovative, well-connected and commercially aware graduates will contribute to the growth of New Zealand’s knowledge-based economy.

Chiasma is looking for a young, passionate leader to serve in the role of National CEO.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The core responsibility of the National CEO is to ensure Chiasma’s sustainability including in each regional branch and to lead the National team to achieve the long-term strategic vision of the organisation. In this role, the National CEO will:

  • Work collaboratively with the Advisory Board to develop the strategic direction and goals of the organisation, and act as the main point of communication between the Board and regional centres.
  • Develop a suitable National team structure, and recruit and manage this team to successfully deliver Chiasma’s strategic and operational objectives.
  • Engage externally with current and potential partners and sponsors, and represent Chiasma in the wider community.
  • Support regional centre executives to ensure that Chiasma’s National and regional direction and aspirations are aligned.
The ideal candidate will have
  • Experience running a volunteer-led organisation and proven ability to work proactively.
  • A strong understanding of Chiasma’s national operations and the issues facing each centre, or a demonstrated ability to rapidly gain a strong understanding.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills and strong relationship management skills.
  • Willingness to travel nationally.

Please note this is an unpaid, volunteer role.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV with references to Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board:

Application closes Saturday 30th of November 2019, however interviews will be conducted as applications are received before the closing date.

Interested to join the National Team in other roles? Express your interest here: