Who are we?

New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) is a not for profit and membership-based national organisation representing the interests of its member boards.

NZSTA is the most influential leader of effective school governance in Aotearoa, embodying the intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Its vision is to lead and strengthen school governance in New Zealand to ensure that all schools are effectively governed so that every student realises their highest possible educational potential.

Details about the role

The Lead Accountant will be responsible for providing timely, accurate and relevant financial information and related advice and guidance to the key internal and external stakeholders of the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA).

The Lead Accountant is responsible for maintaining the accounting systems and processes, preparing monthly financial reports, controlling the master data of the general ledger, and ensuring compliance and filing of returns for NZSTA and managing monthly finance reporting for the Senior Leadership Team. You will also play a key role in ensuring the integrity of data within the financial system, forecasting and all banking responsibilities.

This is a permanent full-time position (40 hours per week), based in our national office on Lambton Quay, Wellington. Flexible working arrangements are also a consideration for the role.

Person profile

  • A minimum of three years proven experience in a senior accounting position within a corporate environment, or similar position which has provided management and financial accounting experience
  • A tertiary degree in Business or Commerce with an accounting major
  • Knowledge and experience of financial and computer systems, including Xero, iPayroll and the Microsoft Office suite of products
  • Experience in providing financial advice
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Well developed analytical, problem solving, planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and integrity whilst maintaining confidentiality
  • Understanding of and commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga Māori including comfort in te reo Māori environment.

Our values

High – Expectations | High – Trust | High – Transparency | High – Accountability

Apply today

If you're excited by the opportunity to join a team who are passionate about strengthening school governance in Aotearoa, then don't delay in applying.

Please submit a tailored CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation for your application, highlighting relevant skills and experience. Alignment to our organisational values is critical to our success – ensure you provide examples which can reflect and demonstrate this.

Send your CV and cover letter, either through SEEK or directly to us at: recruitment@nzsta.org.nz

For further information about the role, please contact Rick Smith, Director Shared Services on Ph 027 249 7494 for a confidential discussion.

View the position description here


We will be processing applications as they come in. Don’t delay - make sure you apply as soon as possible! Applications close Monday 6 June 2022. Immediate start available.


NZSTA Recruitment

P: 021 190 7273

E: recruitment@nzsta.org.nz


Additional Information

  • Credit checking and Ministry of Justice vetting will be undertaken
  • Only applicants who are eligible to work in New Zealand (permanent work rights with no restrictions) and meet our requirements, will be considered for this position.