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Major Gifts, Bequests & Sponsorship Manager

Full-time permanent role of 40 hours

Forest and Bird is New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation.  Since 1923, we have been advocating and speaking out for nature on land and in our seas, and co-ordinating community-based projects throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Due to internal promotion we are on the hunt for an amazing Senior Fundraiser who can take ownership of three of our fundraising portfolios.

This full-time position of 40 hours per week based at our Wellington Office has become available due to an internal promotion.  It takes ownership for three of our fundraising portfolios – Major Gifts, Bequests, and Sponsorships. This role is not for the faint-hearted and will provide you with a level of challenge and variety you’ll be hard-pushed to find elsewhere!

A key component within this role includes identifying opportunities where we can raise funds to support our organisation to carry out our core purpose of conservation. These opportunities may be existing ones you can leverage or might be new ones you create. Your interpersonal skills will get a great work-out as you build authentic and enduring relationships with our awesome donors and supporters.

There will also be opportunities to demonstrate your other key attributes including monitoring and reporting, researching, fundraising copy preparation, and mentoring other staff. Also, when the boss (GM Fundraising & Membership) is away – you’ll step in as 2IC to hold the ship steady.

To be successful in the role you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent);
  • A Fundraising qualification would be advantageous;
  • At least 5-10 years’ experience as a senior fundraiser with specialist knowledge in at least one of the fundraising portfolios - Major Gifts, Bequests or Sponsorship;
  • Well-honed relationship and interpersonal skills;
  • Personal skills including – organisation skills, project management skills, analysis experience;
  • Lastly - an unfaltering LOVE for fundraising, and immense RESPECT for the difference our donors make!


We are open to this role being based in Wellington or Auckland for the right person.


To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to our HR Advisor, Susan James at . All applications will be acknowledged. Shortlisted applicants shall be required to complete an application form prior to an interview. The closing date for applications is 5pm, Sunday 10th June 2018.


Specific queries about this role should be directed to Jess Winchester, GM Fundraising & Membership on (04) 801 2219.

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Job Description

Door to Door Manager

Are you an experienced door to door (D2D) charity fundraising team leader who wants to take your career to the next level?

If you want to become part of a family of fundraisers and you have a minimum of two years D2D team leading experience apply for this role. Sponsorship opportunities are available as part of your progression plan. Your main focus will be encourage, empower, train and develop your team while raising vital funds for the charity and build a strong and vibrant community.

Key tasks include:

  • Donor recruitment
  • Training and development
  • Site planning and locations management

Key selection criteria:

  • Strong track record of fundraising performance
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise staff
  • Effective problem solving and mediation skills
  • Minimum two year’s experience as a team leader


A competitive salary with a vehicle and the opportunity to work in a dynamic and fun team culture.  If your skills, experience, attitude and aspirations fit this role, please submit your resume and a covering letter to


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