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Festival Assistant

Job details

New Zealand Comedy Trust & NZ International Comedy Festival
3 Dec 2021
Work type
Full time employment, Contract
Work classification
Management & Admin, Performing Arts, Other


The New Zealand Comedy Trust was established in 1995 to manage the NZ International Comedy Festival and foster the growth of comedy as a performing art in New Zealand.

The Comedy Fest has since grown into one of the most loved boutique events of its type in the world.  Held simultaneously over three weeks in Auckland and Wellington during May each year, the Festival is now a major nationwide event with a total attendance of around 90,000 each year.

As our Festival Assistant, you will be part of a busy team responsible for the smooth running of the 2022 Comedy Festival.  This is a varied and fast-paced role, and you will be involved in all aspects of administration for the Festival, as well as providing support for the wider team.  You will be the main contact for all artist queries, and will assist with contracts, ticketing, event planning and general office duties.

To succeed in the role you will have:

  • Previous office experience (1-3 years).
  • Effective time management and administration skills, along with a keen eye for detail.
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines and to work effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent communication, relationship management and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel.
  • A high level of initiative, self-motivation and enthusiasm.
  • The ability to work collaboratively as part of a small, dedicated team.
  • A passion for comedy and live performance.
  • Experience in the arts or entertainment industries is highly desirable, and a love for laughter is essential.

If you want a career in the arts, this is a great starting point. You’ll get to work in a fun, festival environment where we work hard but also have a good time.

The NZ Comedy Trust aims to elevate New Zealand comedy as a celebrated and integral feature of the arts sector.  We create opportunities to develop, promote and grow a sustainable and representative comedy industry in Aotearoa.  At all levels of programming and within our team, the New Zealand Comedy Trust champions the values of representation, contributing to a culture of inclusion and celebration.

This is a fixed term position running from January to June 2022, and based in Auckland Central. More information about the work of the Trust can be found at and

Applications close 10pm Friday 3rd December 2021. 

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to Lara Fischel-Chisholm at by 10pm Friday 3rd December.

Please include the reference Festival Assistant in the subject line.

Written by

New Zealand Comedy Trust & NZ International Comedy Festival

26 Nov 2021