Are you interested in a dynamic career with Women’s Refuge?

We accept people in paid and volunteer positions in our organisation. Some progress from being volunteers into paid positions, while some are happy to remain as volunteers. Learn more about volunteering at Women’s Refuge.

Each refuge has their own criteria for how to apply for a paid or unpaid role and whom they accept. It’s best to ask your local refuge what these criteria are. We respect the many skills women develop in their lives regardless of whether this is as a mother, home-maker, administrator, professional, social worker, or a survivor of abuse. We provide training to assist you in learning about our work.

We welcome applications from Māori and non-Māori in line with our strong commitment to both the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty of Waitangi and parallel development.
We are also fully committed to the importance of Equal Employment Opportunities.

Please note you must be living in New Zealand – and qualify to work in New Zealand – to apply for a position at Women’s Refuge.
Learn more about our values.


Current Vacancies

Donor Database Administrator (Wellington)
Part-time (30 hrs), Flexible working hours

The role
As our Donor Database Administrator you’ll play a critical role in contributing to a team who work collaboratively across fundraising, marketing and communications to ensure that fundraising is maximised and donations are accurately recorded and receipted, along with managing a growing supporter database.

You will be responsible for providing administration support to the Communications and Fundraising team, responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the NCIWR Donor Database
  • Using the database software Vegaworks to ensure that receipting and recording of donations is timely and accurate
  • Collecting and providing data from donor database for fundraising and communications projects and appeals

About you
This is not an average database role – but an opportunity to develop a career in the fundraising and data analytics field, providing data driven insights to enhance our fundraising efforts for a vital NZ organisation. You will have a sharp eye for detail and numbers, ensuring that the database and its information is clear, accurate and up to date. Ideally you will be:

  • System, process and numbers savvy
  • Experienced in Vegaworks, or another fundraising software or platform highly advantageous
  • Knowledgeable and well informed in the digital and online fundraising field – with the desire to learn more
  • Committed to a collaborative approach to communication and working, ensuring that deadlines are met.
  • Able to process large amounts of data, and quickly identify inaccuracies, gaps and key trends and issues that require further work.

We are only paid for a small part of the work we do, so this is an opportunity to be part of a dedicated, collaborative team who work hard to ensure the future of NZ’s largest Domestic Violence Service provider.  Apply today!

To apply for this position please send us a cover letter and an application form with your CV to  Cheryl Gibbs directly at NCIWR national office:

It is advantageous but not essential to have relevant experience working in community development or for a not-for-profit organisation. The successful applicant will be required to undergo reference checks and security clearance.

Applications for this position close at 12 noon on 8th September 2017.

JD Data and Donor Administrator                     Application for Appointment


Fundraising & Marketing Advisor
Wellington (Part-time) 27.5 Hours a week

The Role
We are looking for a fundraising professional with good digital marketing skills to provide technical expertise, sound advice and capacity building support to improve and expand our fundraising and marketing activities across the organisation. With an emphasis on digital fundraising you will help develop and implement plans and explore new initiatives to raise funds and reach our fundraising targets. You will ensure we meet best practice, keep up with new approaches and continually raise the bar on fundraising performance. You will also monitor and analyse success as well as share learning to make sure we maximise fundraising opportunities.

Ideally you will have a marketing qualification, and you should have experience developing fundraising strategies and implementing fundraising initiatives. You will have marketing project management expertise, including in the digital arena. This will have given you sound knowledge of managing a donor database and paid for digital media including mobile, email and social networking.

You might be a seasoned fundraising and marketing expert looking for a part time role within an organisation where you will have the opportunity to apply your wealth of experience, or a new grad looking to make a significant difference to an organisation that relies heavily on donations and fundraising.  Effective relationship building, sound time and project management skills are essential. Previous experience working in community development or within a not-for-profit organisation would be an advantage.

Role responsibilities

  • Produce timely, informative reports for the Chief Executive and National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges.
  • Support implementation of the fundraising strategy
  • Manage risk relevant to marketing and fundraising areas
  • Identify and develop new income streams (national and local)
  • Collaborate with the Principal Advisor to manage stakeholder relationships, and identify and grow new strategic relationship opportunities
  • Oversee acquisition and retention strategies to ensure ongoing donor database  growth whilst managing attrition
  • Work in conjunction with the National Office team to identify and develop new fundraising and event opportunities
  • Work in conjunction with the Communications team to ensure all contractual sponsorship agreement accountability requirements are successfully met
  • Increase brand recognition through targeted and clear communications and campaigns that reflect NCIWR’s values and services
  • Continue to build NCIWR national profile and collaborate with the Principal Advisor and Communications Coordinator to develop new initiatives to communicate with new and/or changing audiences, and deliver communications and campaigns that drive donor growth

The successful applicant will be required to undergo reference checks and security clearance.

To apply for this position send a cover letter and an application form with your CV to

Application forms and a position description are available below or contact Cheryl Gibbs by email at  to request an application package.

Applications for this position close at 12 noon on 25th September 2017.

Application for Appointment

Marketing and fundraising advisor. JDdocx