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General Manager

Job details

Touch Compass Dance Company
25 Jan 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin


General Manager

  • An inspiring leader with strength, vision and mana.
  • Experience working within the Arts, disability, Māori, Pasifika or Not-for-Profit sectors
  • Highly skilled in financial management, general management, and administration
  • Ability to work as a collaborative, innovative business partner to the Artistic Director
  • An interest in /passion for the Arts

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

Ko wai tātou/Who we are:

Touch Compass is Aotearoa’s foremost disability led professional performance company that delivers high quality performance works and arts activations. Our future vision is:

  • To be renowned for provocative, authentic, exceptional performance.
  • To be recognised as an authority of disability aesthetics and accessible performance in multiple spheres including live and digital.
  • To be the go-to authority for resources regarding the articulation of disability aesthetics.
  • To be the hub for innovation, disability led artists and creative practitioners.

Recognising Te Tiriti O Waitangi principles, our mission is to explore the intersection of disability, Māori and Pasifika culture to deliver a unique contribution to the Arts and society. Collaborating with high calibre artists, choreographers and directors, Touch Compass aims to be a leading performance company nationally and internationally. We want audiences to experience sophisticated, nuanced multi-dimensional performances that build cultural understanding through new readings of the disabled body from disabled and culturally diverse performers.

He aha tāu e mahi ana/What you’ll be doing:

You will own, lead and drive the business side of Touch Compass’ activities in collaboration with the Artistic Director, our administration and production team, and the Board. Responsible for general management, finance, administration and Board communications, you will lead the development and execution of a comprehensive business plan that helps grow our artistic programme and build the company’s financial sustainability. Your activities will include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Overseeing all financial aspects of Touch Compass’ operations including annual and periodic planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting.
  • Supporting the Artistic Director and team with the development and execution of Artistic Programme, ensuring the artistic plan is  adequately budgeted, controlled and delivered on time.
  • Managing and growing effective and productive relationships with funding bodies including our major partner Creative New Zealand, sponsors, donors and other partners
  • Overseeing recruitment and HR processes, ensuring all staff are contracted and onboarded appropriately, and have the administrative processes, tools and training in place to carry their roles effectively.
  • Identifying and leveraging strategic relationships to create opportunities and build revenue, calling upon your considerable business skills and high levels of commercial acumen.

As one of our two leaders, you will play an active and vital role in working collaboratively to build the Touch Compass brand and realise our vision. You will provide objective leadership and guidance, ensuring accessibility and inclusiveness are at the forefront of everything we do. Managing financial systems and maintaining effective monitoring and reporting procedures, you will be confident that income generating targets are realistic and develop strategies to achieve them. With previous experience working with relevant legislation and regulations, you are accountable for compliance across all areas of the business including HR employment law and adherence to the Charities Act.

Ko ngā mea ka hiahiatia e koe kia angitū te haere/What you’ll need to be successful:

You will need to be a versatile, entrepreneurial and inspiring leader who thrives on the challenge of working as part of a small team to deliver a ground-breaking programme of artistic events and activities. Collaboration, proactivity and the ability to manage relationships are essential. Experience, skills and traits required include:

  • An inspiring and empowering management style with proven success in developing and managing both people and processes.
  • Highly developed financial acumen, audit and compliance skills, and familiarity with legal and policy frameworks.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of strategy, and in leading key projects and programmes of work to completion.
  • The demonstrated skills to design and operate within an annual budget and ensure management and HR policies are up to date.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to negotiate, be persuasive, develop trust, and maintain positive working relationships. Able to be confident representing and advocating for an Arts organisation to a variety of different audiences.
  • Creative, independent thinking and problem-solving ability. An agile approach to administrative tools to support and streamline the business across a variety of workplaces.
  • Values led: authentic, genuine, dynamic and focused with high levels of integrity.
  • Strong background in ensuring key relationships are fostered across all sectors of New Zealand’s communities, as well as an understanding of commitments to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Significant experience imbedding principles of Kaitiakitanga into an organisation.
  • Personal resilience – able to sustain a high level of energy and positivity, and constructively navigate change and uncertainty.

This role offers the opportunity to work for a significant New Zealand arts brand in a genuinely positive and collaborative culture.

He aha tātou e mahi nei/Why work with us:

You will have the satisfaction of knowing your work has a real impact on people’s lives, you are committed to the future of performance in Aotearoa and the power of the Arts to challenge and connect.  You will ensure Touch Compass’ legacy by providing creative pathways for performers to grow and foster their artistic voices.

To express an interest on a strictly confidential basis please email your cover letter and current CV through to Heather Walker at MANA Recruitment at or if you have questions regarding the position, please call on (09) 632 1108.

How to Apply

To express an interest on a strictly confidential basis please email your cover letter and current CV through to Heather Walker at MANA Recruitment at or if you have questions regarding the position, please call on (09) 632 1108.

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12 Jan 2021