Executive Officer: Music Therapy New Zealand Organisation

Closes: 10 January 2024

Region: National – preferred Wellington

Work type: Independent Contract

Have you worked in the non-profit charity sector and have at least five years’ experience in a senior administration or executive role, understand governance and working with external stakeholders and members, feel at ease taking minutes, responding and taking the initiative with members’
enquiries, have Xero accounting software experience, have experience with updating and maintaining websites, and have organised conferences and symposiums for up to 100 people? If so, you may be the person that Music Therapy NZ is looking for. 

About the role 

  • Music Therapy New Zealand is a Registered Charity, further details about us can be found on our website at: 
  • This is an independent contract role servicing our nationwide membership, ideally based in Wellington where a number of our external relationships are also based. The weekly time commitment of approximately 35 hours per week is estimated for this role requiring flexibility in how this is structured, reporting to the Chairperson.  There is some limited administration support when demand is high, and liaison with the Registration Board that has a Registrar. It is a demanding role supported by a volunteer-led Council that includes registered music therapists and
    other independent professionals. You may be asked to respond to members or attend meetings in the evening or on weekends

Attributes required for the role

It is also a varied and interesting role covering our community from across New Zealand.  You do not need to be a musician, but an empathy with the power of music and therapies is helpful. 

We honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi, accord value to te ao Māori (the Māori world), support kaitiakitanga and are responsive to the needs of the Māori community. You will participate in initiatives to embed te ao Māori into the way we do things. You need to be willing to develop and build your own confidence and capability to contribute to the organisation’s vision to be a treaty-responsive organisation.

  • It is important that you have a strong not for profit background with the key skills in this role being:
  • Fluency in a range of administrative processes including governance of non-profit or registered charity organisations, meeting procedures and minute taking, responding to correspondence and writing reports.
  • Demonstrate an ability to look for opportunities, to engage with external stake holders including government agencies to promote Music Therapy in New Zealand and identify opportunities on which Music Therapy may be able to capitalise on.
  • Good time management and organisational skills, a sense of humour, flexibility, ability to work in a team environment and taking initiative are key in this sole charge role.
  • Good financial management skills including the use of Xero account software, GST, account reporting, budgets and knowledge of the auditing process.
  • Website updates using WordPress as well experience in managing Facebook/Instagram posts.
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality when dealing with personal information.
  • Good communication skills and ability to respond appropriately to a range of people from a range of different cultural and organisational backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with a range of online / software packages including Microsoft Word and Excel, Xero, google suite, Zoom, Canva, WordPress and Facebook and Instagram

This is an independent contractor role that will suit someone looking for some flexibility in how we structure your week up to 35 hours per week due to some evening online meetings being part of the role. While this role can be carried out anywhere in the New Zealand, we have a preference for a Wellington based appointment, although this may require travel elsewhere for meetings on a quarterly basis which are held on the weekend.

For a more detailed job description please contact the Music Therapy New Zealand Chairperson on

Applications for this role should be sent to and close by 5pm on
10 January 2024.

Journal Co Editor: Music Therapy New Zealand 

Closes: 31 January 2024

Region: National

Work type: Honorary Portion as Journal Co Editor

Term: The contract term is for two years

About the role

The New Zealand Journal of Music Therapy (NZJMT) is a peer reviewed, online, open access scholarly journal, published annually by Music Therapy New Zealand (MThNZ) for music therapists, students, allied health professional, and others interested in music therapy. The journals’ purpose is to raise awareness of music therapy and related approaches in the wider community and to extend the knowledge and understanding of music therapist. The journal promotes the values of MThNZ  (

  • Life / Waiora

Promoting and working towards sustainability and a balance, overall wellbeing

  • Reciprocity / Whanaungatanga

Fostering relationships that are connected, reciprocal and inclusive

  • Creativity / Auahatanga

Celebrating our diversity, passion, spark and vitality

  • Professionalism / Te Taumata

Supporting and advocating for the highest quality, evidenced based ethical practice with integrity and confidence.

The journal encourages innovative content with most article submissions being sent for formal anonymous peer review. The journal also publishes critical reviews of recently published books and resources relevant to the contemporary practice of music therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are seeking a new co-editor to join the existing editorial team. This  role works  closely  with the other Co Editor, authors and peer reviewers to produce this annual publication.  

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and values:

  • Align with the purpose and values of the journal.
  • Be a registered music therapist and have an academic with an analytical mindset and attention to detail for the written word.
  • Have relevant editing experience or have a good understanding of the editorial process for academic publications.
  • Understand contemporary music therapy practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Be committed to promoting strong bicultural and multicultural partnerships, inclusion and diversity through the journal.
  • Be a team player and work well in collaboration with others with excellent organisational skills, flexibility, taking initiative and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Understanding the importance of confidentiality when managing personal information.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to respond appropriately to a range of people,

This is an honouree position with flexibility in time allocation. noting that the journal is an annual publication. Excellent self-management and deadline setting skills are required in order to meet publication timelines. An honorarium will be given upon publication of the journal issue.

For a more detailed job description please contact the Music Therapy New Zealand Chairperson on  

Applications close by 5pm on 31 January 2024.