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Iconic Wellington Institute, BATS Theatre, looks to welcome an experienced Partnership Manager to our tight-knit team. This is a fixed-term (18 months) role with flexible hours (24-32 hours pw) and remuneration to match the standard of work required within this time-frame. 

BATS’ outgoing Partnership Manager has scoped the role and laid a solid foundation for the right person to come in and own. We have had some wins that will bolster the work that the incoming Partnership Manager will implement. New successful funding pathways have been established, new cash and contra partnerships have been fostered and a new donor programme has been developed and is ready to execute. We have also secured dedicated coaching and mentorship to help the right person flourish within this role.

Since the initial conception of this role the world has changed, understandably our needs have shifted since we created this role but our strategic direction remains unchanged. We’re looking for someone who is willing and ready to change with the times and guide us through upcoming fluctuations within the fundraising sector.  

If you’re someone with a deep understanding of the arts sector in Aotearoa and what it takes to be resilient in the current climate, please apply for this incredible opportunity.


At the Heart of What We Do


Matawhānui / Vision          Live art lighting-up lives.

Whakatakanga /  Mission          To create safe spaces for artists and audiences to expand possibilities. 


Whai tikanga / Values to pursue the right way 

Iwi / People     We value our people and the unique cultural identity and history of Wellington and Aotearoa. We seek to decolonise spaces and remove the barriers to success through working openly together.  


Whanaungatanga / Working together  We aim to strengthen and diversify our community as we co-create a future together. Through recognising the individual we build positive shared experiences that place belonging and identity at the heart of our work. We seek new partnerships that push out the boundaries of possibilities and forge ongoing relationships.


Tangongitanga / Innovation     We provide a platform for emerging and experienced practitioners to develop artistic risk-taking, experimentation and explore the potential of live art. BATS champions the expression of creativity, in all its diversity, through performance that challenges and rewards.


Kauneke / Development    Through active listening we regularly refresh our approach to providing a home and infrastructure that facilitates the growth of new work. We provide development opportunities by working from a space of hauora and exploring the value of art in society. 


Manaakitanga / Care and respect    We are trusted, welcoming  and accessible, operating sustainable business practises that ensure the affordability of performance for practitioners and audiences. 



The Partnership Manager is responsible for implementing BATS Revenue Generation Strategy, BATS donor programme and community fundraising campaigns. They will assist the Chief Executive in business and government sector partnership development.



The position of Partnership Manager is to ensure fundraising activities and programmes are implemented and measured. The role works closely with the Chief Executive, Operations Manager, and Marketing Manager to design and implement phases of the Revenue Generation Strategy. They work with staff across the organisation to embed appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems. They contribute to the development of BATS whai tikanga as hauora and whakawhanaungatanga drive innovation.  


  • Minimum of five years fundraising experience

  • Successful revenue growth, new programme/product development, monitoring results, evaluating and reporting

  • Customer experience development, marketing and communications

  • Digital and donor engagement experience 

  • Managing CRM databases and systems with segmentation

  • Excellent relationship skills 

  • High level oral and written skills 

  • A passion for New Zealand theatre and art 

  • A passion for fostering well-being and hauora 

  • Ability to work as part of a small team 

  • Basic knowledge of theatre production 

  • An understanding of BATS



  • Increase organisational efficiency in fundraising activity 

  • Review and embed a new BATS donor programme 

  • Work with the Chief Executive to develop business sector partnership

  • Support Trust Board in leveraging their networks to deliver to BATS revenue generation 

  • Design and manage fundraising events

  • Help implement and evaluate the BATS Revenue Generation Plan

  • Support the lobbying of local government 

  • Maintain and build relationships with current donors

  • Support grant applications  

  • Contribute to the development of BATS mission 



It is expected that the Partnership Manager will carry out the responsibilities of the position to the highest professional standard, acting with high integrity, presenting a positive image of BATS in alignment with the BATS vision, mission and values.



The Partnership Manager reports directly to the Chief Executive. 

All staff are collectively responsible for managing BATS.


Internal Relationships

  • BATS staff and volunteers 

  • Chairperson and BATS Board of Directors


External Relationships

  • BATS audiences 

  • BATS community 

  • Donors 

  • Current and Potential Sponsors/ Partners 

  • Theatre practitioners/co-operatives 

  • Creative New Zealand

  • Wellington City Council

  • Other Theatres & Arts organisations (Fringe NZ & Comedy Festivals, Young & Hungry etc.) 

  • Other relevant organisations (eg. Playmarket, PANNZ)

  • Arts organisations generally 

  • Other Stakeholders as required


Your other responsibilities may include any other duties that we reasonably require you to do.

We may change your duties from time to time to reflect the changing requirements of your position and our business.


BATS Strategic Pou

Artists          To develop, support and champion practitioners across all the cycles (BATS Cycles) of their careers from emerging practitioners, to those touring or moving to larger venues, and those returning to BATS to experiment.

Audiences     To grow our relationship with audiences and build community resilience through social connectedness. 

Industry        To be visible, recognised as a sector leader and valued locally and nationally.

Home             To provide an ambitious, well-resourced and fully functional hub for live art.


How to apply

Please email your cover letter and CV to