Job description - Chief Executive

CAN's Chief Executive: Roles, duties, requirements


CAN's Board has the job of appointing the Executive Team, according to CAN's Rules (PDF). The Chief Executive will be responsible for the duties below, but these can be delegated as follows-

  • To other Executive Team Members by agreement;
  • Delegated by the Board to Executive Team Members, to staff or to volunteers;
  • To CAN volunteers in accordance with Board policy/ instructions.



  1. Stakeholder management & engagement e.g. meeting transport officials, preparing submissions
  2. Political engagement - canvassing and meeting policy-makers, politicians
  3. Working with CAN's Project Officer on mass media engagement
  4. Recruiting potential members
  5. Oversight of our Events
    • CAN-Do
    • 2Walk&Cycle Conference
    • Bike Expo
  1. Regular full reporting to and taking instructions from CAN's Board 
  2. Financial
    • Paying the bills
    • Preparing a quarterly report to Treasurer of Board
    • Budget management
    • Fundraising
  3. Management of the main volunteer positions
    • Membership database
    • Shop
    • Chainlinks 
    • Website management
    • Submissions creation/ lobbying
  4. Employee management
    • Reviewing timesheets, check workload and tasks accomplished, keeping employee agreements in line with legislation, Health and Safety management, etc.
    • Employees include Project Officer and Share the Road Project Manager
  5. Contracts management
    • Oversight and management of contracts and contractors e.g. checking goals are being met and agre oneing terms of payment
    • Current contracts include
      • Share the Road
      • 2Walk&Cycle conference 
  6. Resources for CAN's Network and communications with CAN members and groups around the country
  7. New ideas/ product development and execution

Desired qualities and experience

  • Not for Profit experience
  • A commercial perspective and experience of balancing tight budgets
  • Abilities and connections that will be helpful to the CAN Board
  • An understanding of good governance and leadership
  • Ideally, knowledge + experience in one or all of the following: fundraising, lobbying, marketing, communication, relationship management
  • Good communication skills
  • An understanding of Information Technology 


  • Working with a great bunch of people in an area of social change
  • Gaining varied and challenging experience in working with a dynamic non-profit organisation
  • Be a part of a positive step change to NZ cycling environment. 

Here's a diagram of CAN's Structure 2017


CAN Structure Diagram