Head of Marketing and Development

  • Rare, newly created opportunity
  • Strategic, operational and commercial focus
  • Based in Wellington

Founded in 1946, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is the country’s national professional orchestra.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Head of Marketing and Development will lead a team of nine and will be an integral member of the Senior Leadership Team.

This is both a strategic and operational role, where you will actively participate in the development and implementation of the NZSO strategic plan, as well as take full ownership of the marketing and development strategic plan. You will be accountable for audience and sponsorship development, fundraising and philanthropy, marketing and sales as well as PR, communications and customer service.

This is a pivotal role with a strong commercial focus, which will provide the opportunity to work with a wide variety of interesting, talented and highly committed professionals and supporters.

 Person Profile:

  • Successful track record at a senior management level
  • Experienced in developing and implementing marketing, brand, communications, sponsorship and fundraising strategies
  • Proven business acumen and experienced in budget management
  • Superior communication, negotiation and conflict resolution capabilities
  • Effective planning, project management and organisational abilities
  • A collaborative approach with the ability to lead and build teams as well as manage and motivate staff
  • Exceptional relationship management skills with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Tertiary qualification in marketing, fundraising, public relations, business or similar is preferred
  • Interest in orchestral/symphonic music
  • Legal entitlement to work in New Zealand

 Applications close: 5.00pm Monday 1 September 2014
Contact: Nikki Walshaw
Reference: 6794N

P: 04 499 1069
E: mcla@mclaren.co.nz
W: mclaren.co.nz

Section Principal Double Bass (International applicants welcome)

  • Applications close: Monday 28 July, 2014
  • Recorded auditions due by: Friday 1 August, 2014
  • Live audition dates: Tuesday 5 August, 2014 (Wellington, New Zealand)


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The NZSO is Aotearoa/New Zealand’s only full-time, full-strength, professional symphony orchestra. It has a young, supremely talented music director who is in demand from orchestras all around the world. Its guest conductors and soloists are of the finest calibre. The Orchestra itself achieves high artistic standards that are regularly acknowledged in reviews of its CDs in leading journals worldwide. The Orchestra’s programmes are creative and innovative while nevertheless mining the deep satisfactions of the symphonic repertoire. An NZSO concert is a thrilling experience, with great performances supported by skilled and helpful professionals in operations and client services.

We are uncompromising in the artistic demands that we place upon ourselves and idealistic about taking the riches of symphonic music to New Zealanders of all walks of life and socio-economic circumstances. The NZSO gives over 100 concerts per annum in 30 different New Zealand centres, reaching a live audience of 125,000 and countless more through CD recordings and broadcasts on Radio New Zealand Concert. The orchestra maintains a strong education programme.

The mantra that shapes our corporate culture is “Quality and Coverage”.

The orchestra’s artistic mission is promoted through cutting-edge marketing that helps ensure an average audience capacity of 80% is achieved. Since box office revenue is matched by corporate sponsorship, the NZSO is committed to building strong relationships in the business world.

Our full calendar of symphonic activity requires shrewd and expert financial management. As a not-for-profit company with an annual turnover of $17 million and a zero-based year-end target, our budgets have very fine margins. It is imperative that they are accurate and that the artistic, marketing, and operations teams – and above all the orchestra itself – delivers on them.

The NZSO provides a unique working environment. It is the country’s national orchestra established by Act of Parliament as a Crown Entity. As such, it is monitored by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage it has a civil service dimension. It is governed by a cabinet-appointed board that is able to contribute a wide range of commercial and corporate experience. The NZSO thus incorporates an unusual mix of public service accountability and commercial savvy.

The NZSO offers excellent working conditions for its 90 musicians and nearly 30 management staff. Most of the management staff are based in Wellington in spacious offices adjacent to the Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Town Hall. We maintain a smaller office in Auckland. The NZSO is committed to best practice in HR matters. We seek to offer all employees – both musicians and management – opportunities for professional development and maintains a strong health and safety programme. We encourage a culture of enjoyment and pride in what the whole NZSO family achieves and do our best to facilitate a healthy work/life balance.

Our location in New Zealand’s capital city offers employees a healthy lifestyle in beautiful surroundings with sport, recreation and cultural opportunities readily at hand.

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