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Senior Development Manager

Job details

NZ Opera
27 Nov 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin, Music, Performing Arts


As New Zealand’s national opera company, we are working to transform the world of our audience through an experience of opera that connects, engages and empowers reflection on our human condition. We have a strong strategic vision and are excited to be able to provide the opportunity for an experienced individual to join our team as Senior Development Manager and contribute to the future of opera in Aotearoa.


Reporting to the Director Marketing & Development, The Senior Development Manager is responsible for conceiving and managing all aspects of New Zealand Opera’s (NZ Opera) development strategy. This includes ensuring that income from individuals, local authorities, trusts, foundations and embassies is maximised and a specific focus on well managed relationships to enable NZ Opera to achieve its Purpose, Vision, Values and Goals. The successful applicant will need to be a team player and an excellent communicator with extensive fundraising knowledge.


We are looking for a person who can lead the Development Strategy through:

  • Developing and implementing strategies for increasing revenue for NZ Opera from benefactors, trusts, foundations and local authorities
  • Developing and maintaining high-quality enduring relationships across New Zealand, especially Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington communities (this role may involve some domestic travel).
  • Managing applications and reporting to Government, Local Authority, foundation and trust funding, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Working with the Development Executive to manage fundraising events, season hostings and other company related events.
  • Managing existing corporate relationships as well as investigating new partnership opportunities.

We are looking for a candidate with experience in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of the principles of development
  • Knowledge of the fundraising environment in New Zealand
  • At least five years proven success of working as a fundraiser preferably in a cultural or not for profit organisation
  • A good appreciation and knowledge of opera and/or the performing arts in New Zealand
  • Experience of Tessitura or other similar CRM system
  • A basic understanding and acknowledgement of the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and te reo Māori is a welcome advantage for the position


If you are a highly motivated, passionate and outgoing individual with a desire to contribute to the artistic fabric of Aotearoa through Opera, we would love to hear from you.  We provide a supportive and inclusive work environment that respects diversity located in Parnell, Auckland.


This is a full-time, 40 hour per week role based in our Auckland office and includes some weekend and evening work.


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Applications close on Sunday 27 November 2022.

How to apply

To apply, please email your CV along with a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role to Emma Broad, Executive Assistant at

Written by

New Zealand Opera

14 Nov 2022

Interests New Zealand Opera is the face of professional opera in Aotearoa. Our mission is to bring human stories, glorious music and the passion of opera to all.