Do you want to do more for Kiwi kids?

If so, you may be exactly who we're looking for.

At Barnardos, we're passionate about making a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids. We have over 60 years' experience helping New Zealand tamariki and whānau be the best they can.

Our trained, experienced and passionate staff work with more than 100,000 children and families in communities across Aotearoa every year. They ensure that children receive the care, support and education they deserve — and you can too. 

We provide family support and early childhood education to Kiwi families and intensive social support to those most in need. Standing behind our frontline staff is a dedicated corporate services team — including fundraising, marketing, human resources, finance and IT.

 

Why choose Barnardos?

Because at the end of each day, you'll know you’ve made a real difference in the lives of Kiwi kids up and down New Zealand. And when someone asks what your job is, you can truly say "I do more for Kiwi kids."

 

How to apply

Check out our current vacancies below. When you see one you're keen on, click Apply.

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Early learning & childcare

Assistant Centre Manager - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close Friday 26 February

Are you an experienced Teacher looking to step up? Come and join Barnardos at our Mangere Early Learning Centre and support the Centre Manager in the day-to-day running of the Centre, including enrolments, developing strong relationships with tamariki, whanau and the community, supporting the teaching team in programme planning, ensuring excellent standards of education and care are met.

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Become a Home Based Educator

All regions

Change a child's future

We have exceptional career opportunities for passionate individuals to join our team of in-home early learning educators enabling the potential of Kiwi kids.

If you are committed to children’s learning and development and can provide a safe, nurturing environment in your home for up to 4 children aged under 5 then we would be interested in talking to you.

Join a purpose-driven team

Barnardos is a not-for-profit organisation committed to doing more to protect, support and educate New Zealand tamariki and their whānau/families. Our education arm, Barnardos Early Learning, offers home- and centre-based early learning programmes for under 5s designed to meet the needs of our local communities. We support educators to use Te Whāriki, the New Zealand early childhood curriculum.

Feel supported

We encourage and support our educators to learn and succeed by providing

  • regular visits & support from qualified early childhood teachers
  • educational support and training
  • professional development
  • educational resources
  • being part of a caring, skilled team of professionals.

What it takes

To be an in-home educator, you need a

  • home and personal background that meets our robust health and safety requirements
  • desire to make every moment a teachable one
  • passion for nurturing, inspiring and delighting children in your care
  • commitment to creating lifelong learners
  • willingness to connect with parents as partners in their child's education
  • background or experience working with children.

Find out more

Visit our Barnardos Early Learning website and our dedicated Careers page for more information and to hear what our wonderful Educators have to say about being a Home Based Educator with Barnardos. 

Or take action today

If you see a future as part of a supportive, caring community of teachers, educators and parents, while still having the freedom to run your own business caring and educating under 5s, take action. Do more now for the future of our nation’s children — the tamariki of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Casual Educators - Early Learning (Auckland)

Applications close on Thursday 11 March

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. As an Educator you contribute to assessment, planning and implementation of a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.These roles are based at our West and South Early Learning Centres.

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Casual Educators - Early Learning (Hamilton)

Applications close on Sunday 7 March

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. As an Educator you contribute to assessment, planning and implementation of a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning. 

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Casual Teacher - Early Learning (South Island)

We are looking for experienced/fully qualified and registered teachers to join a South Island Early Learning Centre on a Casual basis.
Centres include: Kaikoura, Hornby Pasifika, Te Puna Oraka, Oamaru and Cromwell.

Key responsibilities
Deliver a curriculum aligned to Te Whāriki.
Implement and evaluate a learning programme that is responsive to the strengths and interests of children.
Promote learning opportunities which are inclusive and culturally responsive.
Document children’s learning and support children’s profile books and e-portfolio.

Skills and experience
Previous experience working as a Teacher in an early childhood education team setting.
The ability to use initiative and a commitment to quality practice standards and the principles of Te Whāriki.
Knowledge and understanding of current early childhood education theory and practice.
Excellent communication and organisation skills.
Enthusiasm and a strong desire to make a difference to children in their early years, while building strong links with their whānau and families.

Barnardos Early Learning is the social enterprise arm of Barnardos - New Zealand's leading children's charity. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Barnardos believes that through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright. With your help we can do even more.

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For more information or to apply email: Di.Livingstone@barnardos.org.nz
Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand.

Centre Manager - Early Learning (Kaikoura)

Applications close Friday 12 March

An exciting leadership opportunity is now available in Kaikoura as a Centre Manager to bring your outstanding leadership qualities and ECE operational management skills to take our dynamic and passionate teaching team to the next level while continuing to grow an incredible environment for our tamariki.

Barnardos Kaikoura Early Learning Centre is licensed for up to 47 tamariki, including  up to 15 under 2 years of age. The Centre Manager leads a team of fully qualified Teachers, Educators and a part-time administrator helping tamariki to explore, learn and discover.

The purpose-built centre is located close to town in a unique setting that reflects the natural environment, is open plan design and is light and airy with plenty of space for tamariki.  We love the spacious outdoor area, getting together to share kai and the enthusiastic teaching team have a great environment to teach in.

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Educators - Early Learning and Homebased (Auckland)

Educators and Teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. 

We are looking for teachers to join our casual relievers pool for our many centres across Auckland. You would work and be supported by a passionate and professional team.

Alternatively work as a Homebased Educator from your own home, choosing your hours and having a supportive network of teachers behind you.

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Join our team of Early Childhood Teachers

All regions

We have a network of 23 centres right across with country, and over 40 years experience in Early Learning. We are proudly a not-for-profit organisation investing any surplus funds into our teachers, staff and other services.

Come on board with us to enjoy - 

  • The chance to make a difference – you’ll be empowered and well-resourced, so you can genuinely inspire children to excellent and equitable outcomes from within a not-for-profit who invests in NZ communities.
  • Warm, open culture – we hold a strong and continuous focus on quality for you, the tamariki and whānau we serve - striving to be one big welcoming family.
  • Continuing professional development – four hours per week professional time, internal learning and development opportunities and ongoing appraisals to support Teacher Certification.
  • Support for you -  financial support to maintain your full certification and mentoring for provisionally certificated teachers. You will also receive up to 5 additional sick days.
  • Large network of expert support – the wider Barnardos organisation and our community of 24 centres give us the platform to collaborate, motivate and inspire one another to continually improve.
  • Peer and mentor learning opportunities – be mentored by qualified and experienced practitioners, engage in tailored professional development and be part of our network of teachers across Aotearoa.  
  • Added benefits – as a Barnardos employee, you will gain access to a range of benefits such as discounted childcare and insurances, access to a wellness program and subsidised flu vaccination each year.

If you are interested in joining Barnardos please email your CV and cover letter to info@bel.og.nz and we'll make sure your details are passed on to the team in your area. 

Teacher - Early Learning (Auckland)

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning. This role is based at our Clendon Early Learning Centre.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Cromwell)

Applications close on Friday 12 March

This is an exciting and rewarding position suited to a proven and experienced Kaiako with exceptional interpersonal skills.  

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

This role is 34 hours per week, based at our Cromwell Early Learning Centre.  

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Teacher - Early Learning (Kaikoura)

Applications close on Wednesday 10 March

This is an exciting and rewarding position suited to a proven and experienced Kaiako with exceptional interpersonal skills.  

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum for infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

This role is negotiable 35 - 40 hours per week, in our purpose-built centre, which is located close to town in a unique setting that reflects the natural environment;  is open plan design and is light and airy with plenty of space for tamariki.  We love the spacious outdoor area, getting together to share kai and the enthusiastic teaching team have a great environment to teach in.

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Teacher - Early Learning (Palmerston North)

Applications close Wednesday 10 March

Qualified teachers at Barnardos work in partnership with parents and whānau to encourage children’s curiosity, learning and development. You will assess, plan and implement a curriculum to infants, toddlers and young children that reflects current approaches to effective teaching and learning.

This is a fixed term maternity cover for 30 hours a week starting in April 2021 for up to 12 months.

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Child & family services

0800 What's Up Counsellors (Auckland)

Are you looking for a role where you can make a difference?  

Our Counsellors provide a free, confidential phone and online chat counselling service for children and young people aged 5 - 19 years.  This support really makes a difference, and while the role can be extremely challenging at times, it can be extremely rewarding at others.  

It’s a vital part of our work to make New Zealand a better, safer, happier place for children and young people.

  • 0800 What's Up is open 7 days a week. 12.00pm - 11.00pm Monday to Friday, 3.00pm to 11.00pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Permanent Part time and Casual positions available  
  • Candidates must be able to work weekends and evenings

Skills and experience

Our counsellors are given full training, but experience or qualification in the following areas are desirable

  • Previous counselling experience or experience working with vulnerable children or young people is desirable
  • Recognised tertiary qualification in the Social Services field e.g. counselling, social work, psychology is desirable

To excel in this role, you will need:

  • To value diversity and encourage it in others
  • Excellent in oral and written communication skills, especially with young people
  • The ability to work shifts including nights and weekends
  • Be technologically savvy, to pick up our operating systems quickly
  • Resilience and a clear understanding of your own self-care needs and when to practice them

Benefits

  • Learning and development programs
  • Supervision
  • Discounted childcare for permanent staff members and a wellness programme including discounts with health providers

About Barnardos

Barnardos is New Zealand's leading children's charity. We tailor our services to respond to local needs, individual challenges and diverse experiences. 

We're here for all Kiwi kids. Every day, our services and staff make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children and families across New Zealand.

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For more information or to apply email your CV and cover letter to: lian.choong@barnardos.org.nz

Please apply only if you are eligible to work in New Zealand, we may interview as applications come in, so apply now!

Visit - https://www.whatsup.co.nz/

Casual Youth Workers (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Youth Workers to provide casual relief support (day/night and sleepover shifts) which sometimes is requested at short notice in one of three community group homes in Christchurch managed by Barnardos. 

Shift times are 7.00am – 9.00am and  3.00pm – 10.00pm with a 9 hour sleepover shift Friday – Thursday of each week.

This type of work can be challenging but is also rewarding.  The role of a casual Youth Worker is to support young people to make positive changes in their lives.  If you thrive on variety, a challenge and enjoy flexible working conditions, then a role like this could be ideal for you.

To be successful ideally you will need:

  • Previous experience working with young people
  • Be currently studying towards a formal qualification in human services or similar
  • A belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • Professional integrity, resilience and dedication
  • A current full driver’s licence is required

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity, doing more for Kiwi kids. Every year our services and people make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children, young people and their families. Through our collective commitment, talents and efforts we are working hard to create an Aotearoa New Zealand where every child has the opportunity to, in their own unique way, shine bright.

In everything we do, we are guided by our values, and core principles of Ngā Pou e Whā – our vision for working with Māori. 

If you believe you have the knowledge, skills and attitude and are prepared to work hard then we would be interested to hear from you by submitting your application to wendy.lorenz@barnardos.org.nz

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Children's Contact Supervisors (Auckland)

About the role

The role of a Contact Supervisor is to provide supervision during a contact visit between a child and their visiting parent or other family member, ensuring a physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environment for the child during the contact visit.  

Our Supervised Contact services operate on Saturdays and Sundays at our centres in Mangere and Waitakere. This is a casual role, with variable working hours between 4 and 8 hours (at times can be more) during a weekend – one or both days. Flexibility to work in both centres and on both weekend days would be desirable.

You will be working alongside our Coordinators and other supervisors and full training will be provided.

Key responsibilities

  • Responsible for children’s safety during the contact visit;
  • Preparation of the session – briefings completed, risk assessment, set up of environment including appropriate toys and activities;
  • Appropriate interaction between parent and child is facilitated and is monitored vigilantly;
  • Participate in debriefing at the end of each contact session and participate in any incident reporting and investigation processes as required;
  • Ensure that all relevant documentation is completed for each contact visit;

Skills and experience

  • No pre-requisite formal qualification necessary – full training will be given;
  • This role is well suited to highly resilient individuals who have ability to deal positively with conflicts, remain calm in stressful situations, are mature and have life experience;
  • Previous experience of working with children (0-14 years);
  • Knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts such as child development, attachment theory, dynamics of family violence is desirable;
  • A current First Aid Certificate or a willingness to obtain one

Benefits

In choosing to work for Barnardos, you will enjoy the benefits of working with a large well-respected NGO, while making a difference in communities.

  • Family friendly organisation with flexible working.
  • Reduced cost childcare and other benefits
  • Professional and supportive colleagues
  • Wellness programme which includes flu vaccinations and discounts with health providers

About Barnardos

For over 60 years Barnardos has been shaping brighter futures together with children and families in Aotearoa. Our mahi across social services, early learning and advocacy for children’s rights and wellbeing means we're there for the whole childhood journey, and beyond.

Every day, we’re making a positive, long-lasting difference to children's lives. The role of Children's Contact Supervisor sits within the Barnardos Child & Family Programme Assistant job description.

To express your interest, please email Service Manager Dunja Pjevic via dunja.pjevic@barnardos.org.nz with your CV and Cover Letter.  For more information about the role, you can also contact Dunja via email or 027 237 8862. 

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Domestic Violence Programme Coordinator (Wellington)

Applications close Wednesday 24 March

Barnardos runs domestic violence safety programmes for children, young people, and adult women who are living with, or have experienced, domestic violence with the aim of reducing the rate of family harm.  

These programmes are delivered following the Ministry of Justice structure for funded programmes, which was introduced following the Domestic Violence Amendment Act, 2013.  

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Registered Psychologist, Team Leader (Christchurch)

Applications close Friday 26 March

Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi at Barnardos NZ is seeking a registered psychologist with leadership and management skills to lead a multi-disciplinary team that provides quality assessment and therapeutic support to young people. 

  • Lead, manage and support the Clinical team
  • Provide quality clinical supervision to Residential staff
  • Deliver regular training to staff in  Clinical, Education and Residential teams 

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Residential Youth Worker - Casual (Auckland)

Applications close Monday 1 March

Our Specialist Group Home provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic programme for up to five young men, to develop life skills in preparation for transitioning back to their whanau, caregivers or otherwise into independence. 

  • To provide casual cover for permanent staff on leave and during school holidays
  • As part of a team of Casual Residential Youth Workers you will assist with the daily care and programme delivery for our rangatahi.
  • Understanding that relationship is key to supporting positive behaviours, you will be excellent at developing rapport and role modelling positive relationships.
  • As an engaging and fun youth worker, you will be ready to get stuck in and participate in activities with our rangatahi and be a champion advocate for their voice.

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Residential Youth Worker (Christchurch)

Applications close Sunday 7 March

We are seeking a suitably qualified and/or experienced Residential Youth Worker for permanent full-time work – 40 hours/pw, 2 shifts 6.30am – 3.00pm OR 2.00pm – 10.30pm as rostered.

The role maintains responsibility for the daily care of youth in a Barnardos residential home (Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi) within the framework of the policies and practices of Barnardos, key agencies Oranga Tamariki and Community Based Treatment providers to achieve the best possible outcomes by providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth to grow and develop while in a residential facility.

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Residential Youth Workers (Invercargill)

Applications close on Friday 26 March

Barnardos are looking for suitably qualified, culturally responsive and/or experienced Residential Youth Workers to join our new specialist group home in the city. If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, and are looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, allowing a work/life balance, then a role like this could be for you!

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Residential Youth Workers – Casual Day and Night Shifts (Christchurch)

We are looking for suitably qualified and/or experienced Youth Workers to provide casual relief support which sometimes is requested at short notice.

Day shift hours are 6.30am to  3pm OR 2.00pm to 10.30pm and for Night shifts 10.30pm – 6.30am.

The role maintains responsibility on a casual basis for the care of youth in a Barnardos residential home (Te Poutama Arahi Rangatahi) within the framework of the policies and practices of Barnardos, key agencies Oranga Tamariki and Community Based Treatment providers to achieve the best possible outcomes by providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth to grow and develop while in a residential facility.

Duties

  • Care for youth by assisting them to engage in therapeutic interventions
  • Support youth make positive changes in their lives through education, treatment and residential care
  • Support programmed activities for youth that enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual development while in residential care
  • Administrative tasks including (???? Ask Debbie) for night shift workers

Skills and experience key to this role are:

  • Previous experience working with young people is preferred
  • Be currently studying towards a formal qualification in human services or similar is desirable
  • A belief that young people deserve the opportunity to grow and learn
  • Professional integrity, resilience and dedication
  • A current full clean NZ Driver’s licence is required

Some of the work can be quite challenging so you will need to have resilience and passion for working with youth, be a flexible person with a positive attitude and exhibit the ability to build strong professional relationships with young people, whānau/ families, staff and service providers.  

On day shifts you will be working alongside of passionate Residential, Clinical, Education and Administrative team members. The night shift consists of two people working together to ensure security is maintained and various administrative and housekeeping tasks are completed.

For more information please contact alison.rance@barnardos.org.nz or phone 03 349 0088

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Residential Youth Worker - Day shift (Invercargill)

Applications close Friday 26 March

Barnardos are looking for suitably qualified, culturally responsive and/or experienced Residential Youth Workers to join our new specialist group home in the city. If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, and are looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, allowing a work/life balance, then a role like this could be for you!

This is a part-time position.

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Residential Youth Worker - Specialist Group House (Christchurch)

Applications close on Wednesday 10 March

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and/or experienced residential youth workers to work across the group homes.

  • caring for young people on a daily basis
  • engage young people in interventions by supporting them to make positive changes in all areas of their lives
  • connectedness to whanau and whakapapa is encouraged and supported

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Residential Youth Workers - Specialist Group Home Day Shift (Christchurch)

Applications close on Wednesday 10 March

We are looking for a suitably qualified, culturally responsive and/or experienced residential youth worker for a Specialist Group Home in the city. If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, and are looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge, then a role like this could be for you! This position is permanent part-time (30 hours per week day shift)

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Service Manager (Wellington)

Applications close Sunday 28 February

We are looking for a passionate, energetic and resilient leader for our staff in the region. We want someone who is committed to working closely in partnership with tamariki, whānau, hapū, iwi and community to deliver our vision for every child to shine bright.

You will lead a team providing a range of social and community work services including intensive home visiting, Social Workers in Schools, Family Violence programmes, Teen Parents and supporting children and parents during critical life changes. 

The work is varied – from supervising our staff, shaping the delivery of new services, ensuring the quality of our practice and providing accurate data about our reach.

You will be joining a regional and national team of dedicated people determined to make that difference.

This role is for 40 hours per week.

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Service Manager - Care Services (Christchurch)

Applications close Thursday 11 March

We are looking for a proactive, energetic and resilient person to lead the practice and operational management of a strong team of social workers, residential youth workers and support staff who work in our Canterbury Specialist Group Homes for 12 months full time.

If you thrive on variety, enjoy flexible working conditions, have in-depth experience leading, managing and developing staff and have previously competently worked in a  leadership role, and can ‘hit the ground running’ then this could be the role for you.

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Social Worker - Residential Care (Invercargill)

Applications close Wednesday 24 March

Due to a growth of services Barnardos are excited to welcome Social Workers who have a passion for working with young people and their family/whānau to join our Residential Care Team in Invercargill.

The Social Worker will work closely alongside the Residential Youth Workers,  rangatahi and their whanau.  This role provides the opportunity to empower and make a difference in the young person's life.

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Social Worker - Residential Group Homes (Christchurch)

Applications close on Wednesday 10 March

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated Social Worker who preferably brings a strong cultural connection for a permanent full-time (or part-time by negotiation) role supporting community based group homes in Christchurch/ Otautahi.

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Team Leader - Care Services (Christchurch)

Applications close Thursday 11 March

Are you a Team Leader with the energy, enthusiasm, experience and drive required to supervise & support a team of residential youth workers in Christchurch group homes? 

We believe people do their best work when what they love doing connects with what they are best at, so if you are an experienced leader of people, or are ready to extend your current leadership skills to step up into a challenging and exciting role we’d like to hear from you!  

The position entails:

  • Providing support, professional supervision and leadership to the team
  • Responsibility for the day-to-day management and practice of the services
  • Managing recruitment, induction and supervision of staff
  • Ensure best practice standards are met or exceeded  

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Corporate services

Fundraising Coordinator (Wellington)

Applications close Friday 19 February

As Fundraising Coordinator you will support, maintain and improve fundraising activities in order to meet the fundraising and relationship needs of Barnardos New Zealand. This role is 30 hours based in our central Wellington National Office, and plays a key support role to the Fundraising Manager and Fundraising Team.

In addition, you will assist in supporting the team to strengthen relationships with trusts, community groups, regular givers and sponsors. You will assist with applying for and reporting on funding applications and coordinate an established grants programme.

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