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Fundraising Manager

The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDC) seeks an exceptional candidate for the role of Fundraising Manager from November 2021 for a fixed term of six months part-time (20 – 30 hours per week) with the potential for the role to be extended.

We are a vibrant arts company funded by Creative New Zealand, Foundation North, Auckland Council and various trusts and foundations. We are committed to creating a sustainable, permanent, high-calibre dance company, with an Auckland home that contributes to the fabric of New Zealand culture and is dedicated to nurturing New Zealand’s finest contemporary dance practitioners.


We have a very successful history in the time since we were first established by Shona McCullagh and Frances Turner in 2011 and are now in the next chapter under the leadership of Executive Creative Director Janine Dijkmeijer and co-Artistic Directors Tor Colombus and James O’Hara. We are a small, but mighty group with a vision of the future in these uncertain times that is simultaneously idealistic and realistic. The nature of the environment in which we exist demands a level of balanced excellence in all that we do. This is as true off stage as it is on, and the Fundraising Manager will be a key part of our team.

The primary purpose of the role is to:

  • Lead the development of a fundraising strategy and annual plan for The New Zealand Dance Company, to achieve annual targets
  • Generate revenue from diverse funding sources, include funding trusts and foundations, philanthropic giving, and corporate or not-for-profit sponsorship (cash and value-in-kind)
  • Be the core relationship manager for these relationships, stewarding donors, and partners
  • Ensure all reporting and compliance is completed, on time and to a high standard, reporting any variances (if any) as they occur
  • Create an environment that will encourage increased giving from all related funding sources, inclusive of philanthropic, trust and corporate
  • Manage and oversee delivery of key fundraising events and activities that builds alliances with the corporate sector and potential donors within the community
  • Support the development and implementation of an audience development strategy for the Company.

You will report to and be supported in your role by an Executive Creative Director and a Finance/Operations Manager and collaborate with the co-Artistic Directors, Artistic Manager, Creative Producer and Administrator.

Who do we envisage attracting to the role | He kōrero mōu

We anticipate that you will bring enthusiasm and excitement to a role that is key to NZDC’s success. A strong writer/editor is crucial alongside being organised, a critical thinker, detail oriented and creative. A positive attitude with a tenacious solution focused demeanour is also helpful to being successful in the role. Ideally, you would have 3-5 years’ experience in fundraising and/or individual giving and development and grant writing in Aotearoa.

We would love you to bring a passion and knowledge for the performing arts, and experience or appreciation of contemporary dance in particular – a form that is distinguished by its constantly evolving, innovative and embracing nature of movement reflecting the “now”.

This is an exciting opportunity to help take an ambitious New Zealand arts company into its next chapter. We want to be loved locally and internationally admired. We have a really exciting team of people here and we’re looking for someone to join with us in the grand adventure we’re undertaking. You will enjoy our collaborative and professional environment and contribute to our collective achievements.

What are we offering | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou

We have a friendly and flexible work environment in the CBD in an area that is exceptionally well served by public transport. Our administrative home is a recently refurbished space with specialist dance studios, where we are the anchor tenant. In the current and ever-changing times, some remote/hybrid work is possible, alongside a regular pattern of attendance at our offices for meetings and collaborative activity.

How to apply | Me pēhea te tuku tono

Applications should be emailed to [email protected] or applied for through SEEK, before the closing date of Sunday 17th October and include an up to date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role or would like a copy of the Position Description, please email [email protected]

NZDC is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and contractors in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.