Head of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures

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  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
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  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 29-JAN-20
  • Job Reference: NZ/2011
  • Job Title: Head of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures
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A rare and unique career opportunity to play a leading role in exhibition renewal of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures at Te Papa

Te Papa houses, nurtures and empowers the legacies of New Zealand and its people. Community and collaboration is at the heart of what we do because community is the source and the outcome of our work. The Collections and Research Directorate is home to our core museological capabilities that collect, curate, conserve, and protect Taonga in order to deliver on Te Papa’s mission as New Zealand’s national museum.  Our museological practice is led by Te Tiriti o Waitangi and pushes the edges of what we know and what we do.

Following on from the success of Toi Art and the opening of Te Taiao Nature, the museum’s biggest redevelopment since Te Papa opened, we currently have an exciting opportunity for a Head of New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures to provide dynamic and strategic leadership of these disciplines and into redevelopment of level four of the museum. Reporting to the Director Collections and Research, the position will develop and manage the New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures team and:

  • lead the development and delivery of a strategy for New Zealand and Pacific Histories and Cultures which encompasses and prioritises acquisition policy, collection management, research and exhibition programmes at Te Papa
  • identify, develop and utilise stakeholder relationships to advance opportunities that create mutual reputational and business benefits, both nationally and internationally
  • build Te Papa’s reputation for quality research standards and scholarship, both nationally and internationally
  • identify and manage risk, through development of mitigation strategies, monitoring compliance
  • ensure that the collections are made as accessible as possible to people and communities throughout New Zealand and beyond

To be successful in this position you will need:

  • politically savvy, effective negotiation and influencing skills and the ability to work collaboratively and and effectively with a broad range of people
  • strategic leadership and proven ability to inspire, empower and lead a team to collaboratively develop and implement strategic plans within a comparable sector, either within New Zealand or internationally
  • an exceptional track record of exhibitions and publications, backed by appropriate tertiary qualifications
  • an understanding of human-centred design principles as relevant to contemporary museum practice and audience participation
  • strong planning, people management and time management skills, demonstrated experience managing budgets, and a well-developed ability to balance competing priorities
  • extensive national and international networks and an impressive track-record of representing an organisation to inspire stakeholder engagement, new funding sources, community engagement and development, professional partnerships and/or collaborations with business leaders

To apply, please provide a cover letter describing how your skills and background fit with this position, and a CV that details your relevant education and work experience. Applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

Questions about this position can be sent Dean Peterson, Director Collections and Research, dean.peterson@tepapa.govt.nz

Applications close Monday 24 February 2020