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Board Intern Programme 2023-24

Event date: 8/09/2023 7:30 a.m. - 28/09/2023 5:00 p.m. Export event

Tauranga City Council is pleased to invite applications for the council-controlled organisation (CCO) Board Intern programme. This is a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring director to become a board intern with Bay Venues Limited, the kaitiaki of 24 community facilities in Tauranga Moana. 

The programme aims to increase diversity on our CCO boards and to provide a pipeline of prospective board members in the Bay of Plenty. This is a voluntary role with the key benefits of becoming a CCO board intern including:

  • Providing aspiring board members an opportunity to start their governance careers in a supportive environment that accelerates their boardroom experience.
  • Enabling the intern to contribute to the community by bringing their ideas to the boardroom.
  • Supporting more diversity in board appointments in Tauranga through mentorship, professional development training and building networks.
  • Providing board interns with a better understanding of the Tauranga City Council group, its processes and public service ethos.
  • Enabling board interns to develop relationships and networks with the Bay Venues chair and other board members.
  • Helping Tauranga’s corporate community by developing potential company directors. 

The opportunity involves:

  • Monthly attendance at CCO board meetings and one sub-committee meeting quarterly 
  • Opportunities for networking, participation in board discussion, assisting specific work programmes (e.g. Audit and Risk sub-committee or Remuneration sub-committees) 
  • Cross-board observation opportunity with another CCO to increase exposure to different governance styles and board dynamics.
  • Attendance at a council meeting, presentation, networking event
  • Providing a presentation to Council at the end of the internship
  • Support from Council staff and regular opportunities to connect
  • Invitation to Governance to Governance functions with the Commissioners and other CCO board members
  • Professional development opportunities, including Cultural Connections Training and Institute of Directors or Governance New Zealand training.

Candidate specifications

The intern must demonstrate a strong commitment, motivation and desire to pursue directorship opportunities and have the following attributes:

  • being at a stage in their career where they are looking to develop governance skills and gain board member roles in the next two to three years
  • having a range of skills and sector experience which includes community and public service
  • being able to commit enough time to undertake the programme effectively (approximately 12 hours p/month), preparing for and attending meetings, and proactively working with their board mentor
  • have an employer’s letter approving participation in the 12-month board intern programme
  • residing in the Tauranga area
  • having experience developing strategies and measuring business performance against strategic targets
  • showing strong interpersonal and communication capability with the confidence to participate and contribute in a valuable way during interactions and board meetings.

How to apply

For further information about the Tauranga City Council CCO Board Intern Programme, please visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/cco. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to CCO@tauranga.govt.nz

Once the applications close on Thursday 28th September, the Interview Panel will shortlist those candidates that meet the selection criteria and invite them to an interview. Short listed candidates will need to provide a signed non-disclosure and conflict of interest declaration.

Interviews will be held in Tauranga on Tuesday 3rd October, with the internship commencing on Wednesday 1st November 2023.

The intern will be appointed for a 12-month term, with the potential to extend the internship to 18-months by mutual agreement. 

Please note: Employees of Tauranga City Council or any of its council-controlled organisations are not eligible to be considered as candidates for this internship, in line with our Appointment Policy.

Posted: Sep 8, 2023,
Categories: Public Notice, General,

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