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Vacancy: Rugby Manager - Youth Rugby

Vacancy: Rugby Manager - Youth Rugby

North HarbourFebruary 28, 2024

A great opportunity has arisen for the role as our Rugby Manager (Youth Rugby). North Harbour Rugby was formed in...

A great opportunity has arisen for the role as our Rugby Manager (Youth Rugby).

North Harbour Rugby was formed in 1985 and encompasses a geographical area that includes 12 rugby clubs and 18 secondary schools within the North Harbour region.  

Harbour Rugby is proud of its Purpose, “Improve Lives, Through Rugby”. The Union also aspires to achieve the following Vision- Growing People, Connected Community, Harbour Rugby:  A Community Driven Provincial Union.

This purpose and vision is supported by the Harbour Way:

  • Be A TEAM “Be proud of who we represent and put the team first”
  • Be CONNECTED “Connect together and with our Community”
  • Be ABOUT PEOPLE “Value our people and help others reach their goal”
  • Be THE EXAMPLE “Lead with Integrity and do what we say we are going to do”


The purpose of the Rugby Manager – youth is;

Accountable for growing and maximising  Youth Rugby, incorporating secondary schools, clubs and volunteer engagement /participation for HarbOUR Rugby.

To be considered for this role the person must be a leader to drive the Harbour Way in our community.  This must be backed up by strong personal qualities and a management style that connects, grows & potentiates our people. The person must have excellent Rugby acumen. Some coaching/management experience would be an advantage. The person must also exhibit a passion and desire to connect with our community game.


Please send a cover letter and CV's to North Harbour CEO, Adrian Donald.

[email protected]


The closing date for candidates to submit applications is Thursday 13th March 2024.

For all questions, please call 021 71 2225


Rugby Manager - Youth Rugby  





Rugby Manager Youth, North Harbour Rugby Union (“NHRU”)


Reports to (title)

Head of Rugby Engagement and Participation


Direct reports


As per NHRU organisational chart

Functional relationships with

Union staff; NZRU staff; The Blues; other Provincial Unions; NPC/FPC Management team; Clubs; schools; other stakeholders.

Salary and other Benefits





The Rugby Manager, Youth is accountable for growing and maximising the engagement and participation of Youth Rugby in the region within clubs and schools.

HarbOUR organisational purpose (Improving the lives of HarbOUR People through Rugby), mission (Creating better experiences for HarbOUR people) are to achieve our vision of being the most community-focused Provincial Union in New Zealand.




Lives the HarbOUR Way

  • We value our people
  • We are passionate and love rugby
  • We celebrate our success
  • We work hard and have fun


Personal Standards

  • Customer and relationship focus;
  • Deliver what they promise; deliver on targets and within agreed timeframes;
  • Drives a culture of continuous improvement, and sets high standards for self and others;
  • Ethical; trustworthy; respected; high levels of personal integrity



Youth Rugby Participation and Development 



  • Create Rugby environments that support the growth of Youth Rugby in the region.
  • Coordinate and align other North Harbour staff around the Rugby Environments to maximise participation, growth, and development of identified individuals and groups.


Emerging Talent programmes

  • Create and Lead Emerging talent programmes that align with the NHRU and NZR Emerging Talent principles.


Relationship and Stakeholder Management

  • Work cross-functionally with other organisations to ensure Harbour Rugby is well-respected
  • Work closely and collaborate with key intermediaries i.e. that support Youth Rugby - NHRU Secondary Schools Rugby Committee


Research and Innovation

  • Research and investigate other forms of rugby engagement and participation for Youth Sports
  • Successfully implement and manage new programs that attempt to engage and develop the “social player” in schools


Administration and Operational Management


  • Assist with Community programmes as required- which would include various community tournaments
  • Preparation of planning and reporting documentation as required.
  • Excellent standards of written and verbal communication.
  • Operate within budget at all times.


Article added: Wednesday 28 February 2024


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