Chief Executive

Teach First NZ

  • Auckland

Chief Executive - Ako Mātātupu: Teach First NZ

  • Innovative, sector leading educational equity initiative
  • Lead the establishment of a new tertiary education organisation
  • Part of the successful global Teach For All network

Ako Mātātupu is an innovative education sector leader and a social equity initiative that was founded in 2011 with the vision for all children to achieve their potential regardless of their background.  We are a tertiary education organisation committed to the recruitment and training of impactful teachers and systems-change leaders to improve educational outcomes for all children in NZ.  We tackle education inequality by:

  • developing talented individuals into highly effective teachers and inspirational educational leaders, and 
  • working for change at a systemic level to address the inequities in the education system that contribute to disparity in educational outcomes across communities.

Previously we worked with third party tertiary institutions (The University of Auckland and The Mind Lab) to provide the post graduate academic qualification that our participants complete.  However, we have made the significant decision to become a registered Tertiary Education Organisation.  We have designed and developed our own approved Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and are growing our organisation to deliver it, including an Academic Advisory Board and academic faculty, for the 2021 cohort.  This change is a natural but significant next step for the organisation.

The role

As CEO, you will head a small team of talented and committed people based in our South Auckland office.  You will lead all aspects of the organisation’s work – strategic, academic and operational.  Becoming a Tertiary Education Organisation offers us many new challenges, and a key element of your role will be to successfully oversee the development of our new academic programme including the delivery of a quality, research led post graduate qualification.

About you

You will be an experienced leader with a full suite of general management skills.  Experience in the education sector and working with Māori and Pasifika communities is critical, as is a commitment to biculturalism.  You will be known as considered, an innovator, a challenger, a relationship builder and someone who gets things done at scale and pace.  Experience in tertiary education would be an advantage, as would a track record as a Chief Executive.  Most importantly you will bring a passion for and commitment to our kaupapa and mātāpono.

For more information or to apply send your cover letter and CV to

If you would like a confidential conversation, please call Jo Bell on 021 173 3523 or Amy Tea on 027 435 3000.

Applications close Friday 30 October 2020.


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