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General Manager

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Job details

Orchestra Wellington
12 Aug 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin, Music, Performing Arts


One of the oldest professional orchestras in New Zealand, Orchestra Wellington is renowned for our high quality performances, huge audiences and innovative programming.  Our mission is to be the most accessible orchestra in the country, enabling people from all walks of life to experience the thrill of live music.  Each year, we reach more than 65,000 people in Wellington and the wider region through our concert series at the Michael Fowler Centre, family, community and education performances and accompanying ballet and opera productions. 

The orchestra is now looking for a new General Manager to lead the organisation forward.  This is a key role which is responsible for:

  • The strategic direction, business performance, financial sustainability and day-to-day management of the organisation
  • Management of the orchestra’s resources – capital, financial and people, including a small administration team of five
  • Development of an exciting annual programme of concerts, education and outreach activities, in partnership with the Music Director, as well as forward planning for future seasons, hires and major projects
  • Income generation, commercial opportunities, partnerships and innovation
  • Stakeholder relationships, including artists, performance partners, funders, donors, Mayors and Councillors, media.

Essential attributes:

Excellent communication skills, influencing skills and stakeholder relationship management

Strong financial management – setting and meeting budgets and income targets, and ability to present financial information to the Board in a way that enables them to make decisions

Excellent people management skills

Ability to articulate a strategy that embodies the organisation’s vision, and build a business plan to achieve it

Artistic and musical knowledge, commitment to artistic excellence

Commercial and business acumen – income generation through hires and partnerships

Commitment to education and community outreach

Understanding of marketing and audience engagement

Ability to assess and manage financial and artistic risk

Self-starter, independent thinker, good at managing workload for self and others

Calm under pressure, ability to make sound decisions quickly on incomplete information and under pressure

Desired experience:

5+ years in a leadership position within the arts & cultural sector

Management of significant operational budgets

Demonstrable commitment to education and outreach

Experience in growing income from commercial partnerships and fundraising

5+ years managing teams

How to apply

For a full job description or to request an informal confidential chat about the position, email Margaret Myers (

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to Margaret Myers ( by the closing date.  Only applicants who have the right to work in New Zealand may apply.

Written by

Kirsten Mason

22 Jul 2021