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Financial Administrator part time - The New Zealand Dance Company

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Wed 26 Feb 2020, 12:00 am


6 days ago, Tue 31 Mar 2020, 05:00 pm


The New Zealand Dance Company


Dance, Administration

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Are you interested in undertaking the financial administration for an exciting and dynamic arts organisation?

The New Zealand Dance Company seeks exceptional candidates for the role of Financial Administrator for 2020 and beyond.

We are a vibrant arts company funded by Creative New Zealand, Foundation North, Auckland Council and various trusts and foundations.  We are committed to creating a sustainable, permanent, high-calibre dance company, with an Auckland home that contributes to the fabric of NZ culture and is dedicated to nurturing NZ’s finest contemporary dance practitioners. 


We have a very successful history in the time since we were first established by Shona McCullagh and Frances Turner in 2011.  While only a Company of 10 full time staff and several more regular contractors, the nature of the environment in which we exist demands a level of sophistication and excellence in all that we do.  This is as true off stage as it is on, and the Financial Administrator is an important part of our small team.

We run a moderately complex set of accounts, with a number of performance related projects in any year, many of which span multiple years of development, rehearsal and performance.  Detailed budgeting by project, with consolidation into an overall annual budget, is required, along with monthly reporting to the Board and a variety of other reporting to outside bodies.  As a charitable trust the organisation has considerable legal responsibilities.  You will report to and be supported in your role by an experienced General Manager.

The primary accountabilities of the role are:

  • Providing an effective delivery of the Trust / Company financial situation, ongoing financial processes and future planning;
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient preparation of financial accounts including compliance with statutory obligations, compliance with funder or sponsor obligations, prompt and accurate payment of staff, and creditor and debtor processes; and
  • Providing effective administration of the Company’s contractual obligations including annual and other leave entitlements.

What are we offering?

We have a friendly and flexible work environment in the CBD in an area that is exceptionally well served by public transport. Our administrative home is a recently refurbished space with specialist dance studios, where we are the anchor tenant.  You will become part of the performing arts world with us.  Our experience is that the role averages 20 hours per week, with some periods less busy and some more so.  We are happy to fit in around your schedule, subject to prior agreement, and we can accommodate, by agreement, a flexible work pattern.  Some remote work is possible, alongside a regular pattern of attendance at our offices for meetings and collaborative activity.  The role is available either as an independent contractor or as an employee, subject to discussion and agreement as to the terms.  We will negotiate remuneration with the successful candidate, but bear in mind that we are not a commercial organisation.

Who will you be working with?

You will work alongside our executive management, and our diverse and talented team.  You will have the usual outside contact with various suppliers, contractors and industry specialists.

Who do we envisage attracting to the role?

We anticipate that you will bring a background that includes successful financial administration. You will possess superior bookkeeping and Excel skills, and you will probably have 10 or more years’ experience in financial or related roles.  You will ideally be tertiary qualified in accounting or business management, although we acknowledge there will be a range of people who possess the skills we seek but do not.

We would love you to bring a passion for the performing arts, and contemporary dance in particular.  It is a beautiful art form that is rooted in contemporary culture and is distinguished by its constantly evolving, innovative and embracing nature.

This is an exciting opportunity to help take an ambitious NZ arts company to the next stage in its development.  We want to be loved locally and internationally admired.  We have a really exciting team of people here and we’re looking for someone to join with us in the grand adventure we’re undertaking.  You will enjoy our collaborative and professional environment and contribute to our collective achievements.

A detailed Job Description can be viewed at

Feel free to call me  - Greg Innes, General Manager - about the role if you would like to.  I can be contacted on 021 279 0529 during business hours.

To apply please supply your CV and a covering letter outlining your aptitudes and the experience that you feel will ensure your success in the role.  The contact details for two referees should be included.  Referees will not be contacted without prior discussion with you.

Please note that your covering letter will form part of the short-list assessment process.

Further information about the Company can be found at

The application form will include these questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • Do you have reconciliations experience?
  • Which of the following accounting packages are you experienced with?
  • Do you have experience completing ad hoc and month end reporting?
  • Do you have experience using Microsoft Excel?
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