Aotearoa Foundation

Program Staff/Aotearoa Foundation

Aotearoa Foundation

Professional Services

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The position is part-time and based in New York City

United States

Work type:


Do you have an active network of “on the ground” resources and peers in New Zealand? Are you ready to dive deep on a variety of new and interesting topics?

Are you able to open yourself up to inquiry, challenge, and change?  

If you answered yes to all of the above, we invite you apply to the Aotearoa Foundation for a part-time position managing grants in the Foundation’s portfolio and developing relationships with nonprofit organizations and philanthropists in New Zealand.

The Aotearoa Foundation is a private foundation established in 2004 by Julian Robertson and his wife Josie, which seeks to make high-impact grants in New Zealand in three principal areas: education, conservation and environmental stewardship, and medical research. As opportunities emerge, the Foundation has provided grants in other spheres, and a further objective of our work is to help develop a stronger culture of philanthropy in New Zealand.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage multiple grants, maintaining open and active relationships with grantees, working with external advisors and colleagues, and reporting to senior leadership;
  • Assist with the design and implementation of new strategies, staying abreast of the current political and philanthropic landscapes in New Zealand;
  • Monitor and evaluate grant progress, budgets, and metrics through site visits (when possible) and written reports, as well as against research findings and relevant data;
  • Draft presentations and written materials for internal/external audiences, often with quick turnaround, including Power Point presentations, Excel spreadsheets, memos, and talking points;
  • Prepare yourself and others for presentations, meetings, and other key activities; and
  • Assist on other projects as assigned.



We seek responses from a range of dedicated, curious individuals with outstanding analytic, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Qualifications include:

  • An undergraduate degree, graduate degree preferred;
  • Professional maturity – with 5-10 years of relevant career experience;
  • Deep knowledge of New Zealand’s political landscape especially as it relates to our areas of giving;
  • An active and evolving network of resources and peers in New Zealand;
  • Excellent writing and research skills;
  • Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills – the ability to contest ideas and and the flexibility to change course as needed;
  • Capacity to synthesize large quantities of information and distill into relevant analysis;
  • Adaptability to a variety of work styles, from fast-paced to quiet and serious;
  • A creative, proactive, and curious mindset;
  • Acute attention to detail;
  • A strong understanding of quantitative research methods (e.g. ability to interpret statistical analyses, financial metrics, etc.); and
  • Commitment to a collegial, team-oriented workplace.



The position is part-time and based in New York City. Candidates must be able to travel to and around New Zealand at least once per year.

To Apply

If interested, please email or send a cover letter and resume to Ruth Brenner at or 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10178.

Aotearoa Foundation values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of diverse backgrounds, sex, race, religion, age, disability, gender preference and sexual orientation.


Interested in this role?

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