Chief Operating Officer (COO)

About Us

Laidlaw College is the largest tertiary-level evangelical, interdenominational college in New Zealand. As a private training establishment, we offer quality education in theology, mission and ministry, counselling and education, with campuses in Henderson, Manukau and Christchurch. Study at Laidlaw is not only for those preparing for professional Christian ministry but is also for those who are seeking to deepen and integrate their faith into every area of life. We teach programmes from Certificate to Doctoral level.

Our mission is to equip students and scholars to renew their communities with a faith as intelligent as it is courageous.

The Role

We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join our team, and provide high-capacity, senior leadership in a period of growth and significant change.  

You will work collaboratively alongside the CEO and the Leadership team to ensure that all parts of the College are aligned to strategic priorities, resourced to achieve these, and accountable for their performance. You will lead and encourage continuous improvement across all areas of our operations and systems. This is a full-time Auckland based role, reporting to our National Principal/CEO. Travel to our Christchurch campus will be required periodically. 

Broadly, your areas of responsibility will include:

Strategy and leadership:

  • Working with the National Principal/CEO and College Leadership to set organisational strategy and priorities. 
  • Translating strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth. 

Team management and culture:

  • Working with the National Principal/ CEO to foster a collaborative, high-trust, high-performance, high-accountability culture. 
  • Taking an active role in attracting, retaining and developing high-performing staff. 

Business management:

  • Working to ensure that Laidlaw’s business is conducted efficiently, is growing in key markets and is future-proofed to risks and opportunities. 


  • Overseeing the operational delivery of Laidlaw’s programmes. 
  • Ensuring that Laidlaw’s campuses continue to serve the College’s needs.

Systems and processes:

  • Supporting and leading the analysis of internal operations and identifying areas of process enhancement. 

Who are we looking for?

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Models a faith to others that is personally vibrant, Christ-centred, evangelical and deeply shaped by the Scriptures.  
  • Commitment to the development of a formational community.
  • Leads collaboratively, with emotional intelligence and cultural competence.
  • Excels in strategic thinking, taking a critical view of all information. 
  • Ability to resolve issues and build consensus among groups of diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in leading and developing high performing teams.
  • Communicates effectively and professionally. 
  • Financially literate, with experience in budget management at a senior level.
  • Experience in change management and/or organisational development would be an advantage. 
  • Affinity with theologically-integrated education, which may include a research qualification in a relevant subject area.

    Why Laidlaw?

    We are a worshipping, learning, missional and professional Christian community, with a diverse and highly-capable team. We offer a work environment that supports wellbeing and personal and professional growth in a collegial context, supported by key initiatives which include:

    • Regular community gatherings, a research-led learning culture, and events where staff and students grow and celebrate together.
    • Childcare facilities, library and a café onsite.
    • Free parking and access to a staff discount card.
    • Regular events and training opportunities to support your professional and personal development.

    The salary package for this role will include an annual professional development allowance.

    Please apply via SEEK with a covering letter and CV to register your interest. Applications for this role close 5pm, Friday 5 March 2021. If you have queries or you would like to make a time for a confidential chat about your interest, please e-mail Tracey McDowall, HR Consultant, Laidlaw College, [email protected]