Careers and Auditions

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is a company of dynamic dancers from diverse backgrounds and presents an eclectic repertoire of classic and contemporary works both across the country and beyond New Zealand shores.


Executive Assistant/HR Administrator

We are looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to join our high performing team.

This role is busy and varied and puts you right at the hub of the ballet supporting the Executive Director and Board and providing HR administration support to the Director of People and Culture.

You will be responsible for providing diary management, travel booking, minute taking and providing support to the Executive Director by reading, researching and routing correspondence, drafting letters and documents, collecting and analysing information.  For the Board you will organise and attend meetings, take minutes and organise travel.  For HR you will provide support with recruitment, induction, maintaining personal files, position descriptions and drafting employment offers.

To be successful in this role you will need to be very proactive and organised.  You will be an excellent relationship manager and understand the need for high levels of confidentiality.  Previous experience in an executive assistant role is necessary.  You will have well developed skills in the Microsoft office suite.  You will be flexible and resilient.  If you love the ballet and the arts this could be your dream job.

This role is full-time but for the right applicant who would prefer part-time hours or flexibility we would be willing to accommodate this.

For a position description please click here. To apply please email your application to recruitment@rnzb.org.nz.  If you have a query about the role please contact Christine Hanks, Director of People and Culture 0274473887.

Applications close Wednesday 3 March 2021


Philanthropy Manager

A great opportunity has arisen within our successful development team to lead our philanthropy function.  In this role you will actively and strategically manage relationships with personal supporters of the RNZB, from “grass roots” donors such as the Friends of the Royal New Zealand Ballet through to high level benefactors.  You will provide leadership to a Development Co-ordinator and manage our regular giving, major gifts and legacy programmes.  This role develops, manages and maximises the potential of the RNZB’s relationships with private supporters, increasing income from this source both through the scale of gifts made and the number of supporters involved with the organisation.

The RNZB is at an exciting stage of its development.  With a move back into our permanent home at the St James Theatre planned for next year the company has a bright future ahead.  This move involves a capital fundraising campaign to upgrade the company’s rehearsal, well-being, production and administrative facilities and the Philanthropy Manager will play a central role in this.

We are looking for a special someone with a proven track record of fundraising success, preferably within an arts or arts-related organisation.  You will have exceptional interpersonal skills, able to manage relationships strategically and tactfully, including those with donors, artists, senior management and Board.  You will have a methodical and systematic approach to donor relationships, including research, planning and record-keeping.  You will also have experience in using CRM systems, preferably Tessitura.

If you are an experienced fundraiser and would like to be part of the exciting future of the RNZB we would love to hear from you.

For a position description please click here. To apply please email your application to recruitment@rnzb.org.nz.  If you have a query about the role please contact Susannah Lees-Jeffries, Director of Marketing & Development 021 245 4329.

Applications close Friday 12 March 2021.


Dancer positions – Please email auditions@rnzb.org.nz with your current resume, headshot, 2-3 dance photos (.jpg format) and a link to video footage of a known classical variation and a contemporary work. Video footage links should be YouTube or Vimeo links, not Dropbox or Google Drive.


Thank you for your interest in joining the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Please continue visiting this page for updates on opportunities.

S&G Main RNZB dancer Abigail Boyle. Photo by Ross Brown RNZB dancer Abigail Boyle. Photo by Ross Brown