The New Zealand Rugby League is on the lookout for a CEO who can lead NZRL through an exciting period of change.

You’ll be in charge of growth and development of the game across all levels while positively influencing communities throughout New Zealand.


Rugby league has played a significant part in New Zealand sport for over 100 years. Formed in 1910, New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. The NZRL catchment is divided into seven zones that service the grassroots needs of the game. These zones compete in the National Championship, as well as women’s, youth and schools competitions.

NZRL manages the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns who are both currently ranked number two in the world.

NZRL is not just about success on the field – it is also charged with caring for a community off-field, promoting the values of integrity, respect, leadership, courage and passion. The “more than just a game” philosophy has seen NZRL establish innovative social development programmes using rugby league to help communities improve their lives off the field.


The Reporting to the NZRL Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer will lead NZRL in a well-managed, successful and profitable manner as well as implementing high performance standards and expectations throughout the organization.

You will be responsible for the development and implementation of stakeholder management plans, business plans and strategies that grow the game across all levels and secures ongoing revenue streams that ensure the long-term security and viability of NZRL. Increasing the consumer, corporate, fan and participation base through the development and implementation of a well executed strategy and business plan will be very important. You will also be responsible for working closely with the Football Operations and High-Performance team to deliver sustainable long-term performance on the field.

Essential to the success of this role will require building and developing high value, long term, outcome focused relationships with Clubs, Zones, Districts, the NRL, Sport New Zealand, Commercial Partners and other key agencies and stakeholders.


You will have proven Chief Executive Officer or Senior Executive experience including reporting into a board. You will possess exceptional leadership capabilities and management experience, ability to develop and implement strategic change, strong commercial acumen and possess outstanding ability to build, develop and harness sustainable relationships across diverse stakeholder groups.

The successful candidate will be a resilient, dynamic and engaging individual with political maturity and experience with the media as the CEO will be the face and voice of rugby league in New Zealand. Knowledge and understanding of national sporting organisations as well as an interest in rugby league will be well regarded but is not essential.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 5pm Sunday 22nd April, 2018

Global Elite Sports ( have been contracted by New Zealand Rugby League exclusively to manage this search assignment.

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