National Church Engagement Manager - Tearfund - Auckland

  • 28 February 2023

National Church Engagement Manager - Tearfund - Auckland


  • Listed 28th February
  • Circa $85,000 
  • Full time


Work with senior NZ church leaders developing mutually beneficial relationships to address child poverty, justice and advocacy issues, and spiritual formation-

  • Develop a Church engagement fundraising strategy for Tearfund’s child sponsorship and development work.
  • Cultivate effective relationships with church leaders nationally with the aim of bringing on new church partners and strengthening relationships with existing churches.
  • Regularly speak at and engage with churches at all levels
  • Lead and coach a motivated and capable team to deliver excellent fundraising outcomes


About Tearfund

Tearfund ( is one of New Zealand’s leading NGO’s with development partnerships and programmes throughout the developing world.  It is a highly respected charity that inspires people to give, learn, advocate and stand up against injustice. 

Tearfund engages Kiwis in financial generosity to fund Tearfund’s development initiatives delivered by local partners who work in places that are facing issues of poverty, scarcity, disempowerment and injustice.  This work is broad and covers the sectors of child development, modern slavery, farming & enterprise and humanitarian response. 


The role

The National Engagement Manager works directly with key senior decision-makers in churches across New Zealand to promote and increase support for our Child Sponsorship programme. The role is focussed on acquiring new church partners of Tearfund’s work and journeying with current Churches.

As well as having a strong external focus, this role will work closely with Tearfund’s fundraising product owners to develop strategies and plans to roll out our fundraising products to Churches.  The National Engagement Manager will do this by:

  • Representing the views of the church audience internally in the creation of fundraising products to ensure their applicability for this audience
  • Developing specific activity for the church audience that will achieve fundraising results


The successful candidate will possess the presence, drive and ability to regularly speak at and engage with churches at all levels to develop mutually beneficial relationships with Tearfund.  This will also involve listening, thinking creatively about how partnerships can be strengthened, promoting Tearfund’s products and encouraging people and churches to become financial supporters of Tearfund justice and poverty initiatives.

The person appointed will also lead a team who are located in Auckland and Christchurch.

Pivotal to the role is the ability to offer empowering leadership, carry the vision of Tearfund and provide clear direction alongside a proven ability to deliver fundraising results.     


We’re looking for someone who has;

  • At some stage been in a sales or fundraising team leadership role in a commercial enterprise or NGO and have proven abilities in delivering results
  • Experience working with a CRM and analysing and reporting on data is required
  • Held church leadership roles and have the mana to build relationships across major churches nationally
  • Demonstrated strategic abilities to create, assess, measure and respond to new opportunities


Tearfund’s Mission Statement is: “Motivated by Jesus, we encourage Kiwis to act for justice to relieve poverty among the world’s most vulnerable people”.  Personal alignment with this mission will be critical for the candidate who is appointed to this role.


In return, we can offer:

  • Free health insurance
  • Flexibility with work hours
  • Hybrid workplace
  • The opportunity to use your skills and networks to inspire others
  • Free car parking


When applying, please include a cover letter outlining why you’re interested in this role and working at Tearfund and send it to 

To discuss this opportunity in confidence please contact Elke Nieschmidt on 021 80 22 13.


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