Snow Sports NZ 2024 Board Vacancies

Purpose and Context
Snow Sports NZ is the national sporting organisation representing the interests of free skiing, snowboarding, adaptive snow sports, freeride, alpine ski racing and cross country skiing. Our purpose is to lead the growth and success of competitive snow sports in New Zealand. Our vision is Fuelling our Competitive Stoke.

Snow Sports NZ represent the interests of our sports nationally and internationally. We are a membership organisation and recognised by Sport NZ, the International Ski and Snowboard Federation, the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Paralympics New Zealand, and other key international snow sports organisations.

We are a not-for-profit Incorporated Society (246217) operating out of Wānaka, Otago.
Organisational priorities currently include:
  • Maintaining the organisation’s High Performance focus in readiness for the 2026 Milan Winter Olympics/Paralympics.
  • Appropriate management, decision making, governance and risk management of the Dry Slope Project.
  • Continued focus on wellbeing/athlete voice in the programme and mechanisms to facilitate feedback.
  • Progress commercial and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Progress the Maunga Wāhine project in line with Sport NZ and community expectations.
There is one Elected Member vacancy and the incumbent board member is not standing for re election. There is also one Appointed Member vacancy and the incumbent board member is not standing for reappointment.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of Snow Sports New Zealand. Working with a highly skilled and qualified board and management team, leading and building on the international success of our snow sports athletes.

For more information on the organisation, please visit
Time Commitment and Term
Approximately nine board meetings per year, held by a combination of in person meetings in Wānaka and virtual meetings. The roles will start following the AGM in late September 2024, for an initial term of three years.
These roles are not remunerated but all expenses are reimbursed. D&O insurance is in place for all board members.

Person Specification
The Board Appointment Panel is interested in hearing from those with governance experience and a strong affinity for snow sports.

Additionally, one or more of the following backgrounds would be of particular interest:
  • Strong knowledge of park, pipe, and/or resort management and operations.
  • Solid understanding of governance principles, legal obligations, roles and responsibilities as well as board dynamics and decision making processes.
  • Experience building positive stakeholder relationships with various stakeholders and community/membership engagement.
  • High level of personal experience, or track record of supporting CEOs, in the development of organisational strategy & monitoring/supporting its execution/KPIs.
  • Ability to assume a role as Chair in due course.
The role is open to individuals living throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to maintaining a diverse board and seek applications from candidates of all genders and backgrounds.

To Apply
For further information on the role please contact the organisation’s adviser, Simon Telfer, via [email protected].

To express interest in the role please visit (brief registration required)

The closing date for applications is 4.00pm on 24 May 2024.

Online interviews are scheduled for afternoon 1 July or morning of 2 July.