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General Manager - New Leadership Role

Full Time - Christchurch

  • Are you passionate about young people on our roads and their safety?
  • Are you ready to take the lead and make a difference in a not-for-profit organisation?
  • Make an impact in this new senior executive position 

About the company 

The Proactive Drive Trust (PDT) is a privately funded charitable organisation whose core ambition is to provide first time teenage drivers with real driving skills and to be able to cope and react better in New Zealand driving conditions. This successful community initiative has a proud history that goes beyond 22 years, but there is a constant need to keep moving in business and so PDT now needs a General Manager to continue their momentum forward. 

The new role of General Manager has been developed to maintain and grow the operations working alongside key partners and engaging with government, local authorities and schools in this crucial area of education.  Are you ready to step into this key leadership role?   

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the Chairman of PDT, the General Manager is responsible for leading the ongoing development of the PDT business in the South Island region and working in partnership with other Road Safety Education Programmes. Wearing many hats, it has responsibility for: 

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan that will see the continued development, relevance and growth of PDT into the future
  • Marketing to and building relationships with schools to encourage students to participate in the programme;
  • Engaging communities and organisations to support and develop effective programmes;
  • Provide strong people leadership to a high-performance team and ensure the culture supports the business strategy 

As a leader for PDT, you will have significant input into strategic planning, business development and client management.  This role will also provide the valuable opportunity to represent an organisation that makes a vital difference in the lives of teenagers. Sound like you? 

About you 

To be successful in this role, you will be an experienced and proven senior manager with a background in leading operational and/or business development functions. Passionate about the community and socially conscious, you will have strong commercial capability and people will describe you as a motivating leader; not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get the job done. You will be a self-starter who has the confidence to work in an autonomous environment and the ability to communicate effectively to all; influencing outcomes to meet the PDT goals. Ideally you will have a background in – or at least exposure to – a not-for-profit or fundraising, education or road safety organisation. 

This is a dynamic General Management role that will suit a confident professional who is ready to take the next step in their career or a senior leader who is looking to make a difference and is seeking an opportunity to give back to the community.  Interested? 

How to apply

To discover more about Proactive Drive visit 

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Pia Warren on 027 2535 203 or by email to 

Applications close: Tuesday, 17th November 2020

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