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Business Development Manager

Silo Theatre

Job details

Silo Theatre
23 Jan 2022
Work type
Contract, Fixed Term
Work classification
Management & Admin, Performing Arts


Silo Theatre is a leading producer of contemporary theatre based in Tāmaki Makaurau. 

We are seeking a Business Development Manager to join our small and dynamic team.

Position Purpose:

The newly created Business Development Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to support, grow and diversify Silo Theatre’s revenue streams. This includes growing Silo’s Patron Programme and cultivating relationships with trusts, foundations and funders. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive team to identify new and innovative revenue generation opportunities, including commercial sponsorships and partnerships. 

This is a fixed-term contract role, approx 30 hours per week for 10 months, with the possibility of extension. The start date is flexible, however, we are hoping for someone to step into this role by early February 2022. 

Applications for this position have been extended.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support with the development and execution of Silo Theatre’s revenue generation strategy, in line with Silo Theatre’s new strategic plan

  • Review and manage existing and new revenue development goals and plans for Silo Theatre to achieve them 

  • Support with funding and grant applications, as well as proposals for new sponsorships and partnerships, relevant reports and acquittals 

  • Work alongside the Executive Director to evolve and expand Silo’s Patron Programme, deepening these relationships 

  • Manage and deliver key fundraising events, activities and initiatives that build connections, brand awareness and meet targets

  • Contribute to prospect research and seek out additional opportunities for support across diverse revenue streams including trusts and foundations, philanthropic giving and corporate partnerships

  • Help build Silo Theatre’s commercial sponsorship portfolio, actively developing opportunities to pitch and present to new partners

  • Identify new and innovative revenue opportunities relating to and in support of Silo’s annual artistic production delivery/core purpose

We are looking for a candidate who has the following skills, attributes and experience:

  • A creative thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with co-workers, the Silo leadership team and wider Silo community

  • A successful track record with funding applications

  • Strong understanding of business goals, communication and engagement standards for stakeholder/audience service

  • Experience managing budgets, proficient with spreadsheets and using Excel

  • Experience working with non-profit or other charitable - social enterprise businesses that rely heavily on patronage, donations, fundraising and sponsorship investment

  • Comfortable and confident using digital and electronic organisation tools and engagement platforms, as well as Microsoft Suite and other data entry software

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively organise workflow, and manage multiple projects and initiatives, meeting all deadlines 

  • A commitment to Silo Theatre's core values including honouring Te Tiriti and being inclusive of our many communities in Aotearoa

Silo Theatre is committed to seeing the candidate be successful in this position and will allocate appropriate budget resources towards mentoring.

Remuneration will be based on the candidate's skills and experience. 

We are committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunities. We welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role. You don’t need to have experience in every aspect of the position - we are equally interested in hearing from high potential individuals who are passionate about the art form, about Silo Theatre and a willingness to learn.

The role is based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Please note that due to COVID-19 we are only seeking applications from New Zealand Citizens or Residents who are either living in Aotearoa or who can return from overseas by the start date for the role. 

About Silo Theatre

Established in Silo Theatre is a leading producer of contemporary theatre in Aotearoa. We curate an annual season of local and international work that champions new forms of storytelling in order to speak directly to the world around us. We work with the most exceptional theatre practitioners in Aotearoa at every stage of their career, providing the space for them to extend their practice and create their most courageous work. Our focus is on voices that are urgent and are not heard often enough. Silo Theatre operates as a charitable trust with a governing board of trustees. The organisation is artist-led with an executive management team comprising of the Artistic Director and Executive Director.

How to apply

To apply for this position, applicants must submit a cover letter addressing the skills, attributes and experience, alongside a current CV to: 

EXTENDED: Applications close on Sunday 30 January 2022, 5pm.

For a full position description or any questions about the position, please contact Chloe Weavers, Executive Director via the email above.


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Silo Theatre

8 Dec 2021

About Silo Silo Theatre is a leading producer of contemporary theatre in Aotearoa.