Career Opportunities

PLAY Lead – Kia Kori Waitaha


Make an impact on the wellbeing of Tamariki, Rangatahi and their whanau
Join a supportive and driven organisation
Busy, variable position with the potential to make a real difference in the community

Canterbury Cricket is the host association for the PLAY collaboration in the Northwest of Christchurch. The partners include eight community groups and three other sporting codes.

Our vision is to provide Tamariki, Rangatahi and their whanau, with the opportunities to engage in play and active recreation in the places, spaces and ways that are meaningful to them.

We have an exciting opportunity for a PLAY Lead – Kai Kori Waitaha to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for inspiring and activating youth and junior participants to engage in PLAY. This would be largely through understanding and listening to Rangitahi and Tamariki needs and creating meaningful engagement opportunities to promote long term physical activity and connection to their community.

Your positive alignment towards play and your understanding of its impact on the health and wellbeing of Tamariki and Rangitahi will be integral to this role, along with an alignment to the purpose, values, and culture of The Canterbury Cricket Association.

An ability to inspire, coach and communicate with a wide variety of people and experience with delivering fun, social and interactive sessions will assist you with managing the delivery of the responsibilities of this role. On the day-to-day, you will be responsible for:

  • Work to a strategy that builds on the current programs and increases PLAY and engagement opportunities for Rangitahi and Tamariki.
  • Test and pilot new initiatives to keep participants and schools engaged in the program.
  • Engage with local stakeholders internal and external to the partnership to connect participants to additional recreation and sport opportunities.
  • Monitor staff performance and continue to evolve their PLAY skills and program delivery content.
  • Deliver fun, interactive physical play sessions tailored to the audience.
  • Create session plans with progressions for continuous learning and development.
  • Be creative in delivery settings using props, games and activity that promotes healthy active play and supports continued engagement.
  • Listen, learn, and understand the needs of our target communities and co-design programs and activities they want to engage in.
  • Break down barriers to participating in programs and services provided.
  • Advocate for marginalized sectors of the North West Christchurch community and share this information with Sport, stakeholders and the wider sector.
  • Reporting to measure progress and impact of initiatives and programmes.

Our ideal candidate will preferably have a tertiary qualification in education, sport management, or active recreation; and/or have significant experience working in one or more of these sectors. They will also:

  • Awareness and knowledge of the basic coaching framework and the needs of our Tamariki.
  • Proven experience in delivering fun, social, interactive sessions across a range of ages.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of key stakeholders across the play networks.
  • Be able to communicate confidently, clearly, and effectively with both written and verbal communication and can modify style and delivery to reflect the needs of people and the situation.
  • Be a motivated, self-starter who loves to use their initiative.
  • Ability to make decisions.

We support the development of our staff and can provide development opportunities for a person committed to their own ongoing professional development.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV with a covering letter, or presentation outlining your understanding of PLAY to with the subject line ‘Kia Kori Waitaha’. Applications close on May 4th 2022.

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