Public Programmes Specialist – Pacific Cultures
Calling innovative Creative Producers and Practitioners
Noa’ia, Mauri, Ni Sa Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Tālofa, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa and warm Pacific greetings.
In an exciting period of transformation and growth, Te Papa is seeking innovative practitioners and creative producers to help grow Pacific creativity and reach within the museum’s wider public programme. You will help us grow our offer for all audiences, with a special focus on working for and with Pacific families, cultural groups, artists, and communities to create meaningful opportunities to engage with Te Papa’s resources and collections, and to support building our audiences.
You will work as part of our Public Programmes team to develop and deliver innovative public programmes for our audiences that engage with Pacific communities, drawing on cultures of the Pacific while deeply appreciating Te Ao Māori, Te Papa’s Mātauranga Māori, iwi in residence programme, taonga and resources. You will have scope to be creative and innovative in engaging Pacific audiences in new ways. You will lead on a range of kaupapa, such as Te Papa’s Language Weeks programme and our New Zealand History and Pacific Cultures programme.
The Public Programmes team comprises a range of creative practitioners and producers, strongly motivated to work for and with our communities and wide range of audiences. Our Specialists are responsible for the creative design, development, delivery and evaluation of their programmes. Most programmes are delivered at Te Papa, with digital and social integration. You will also work alongside Te Papa’s Pacific Cultures kaimahi in curatorial, collections, exhibitions and visitor services teams.
You will bring a blend of Pacific cultures knowledge, creative development and events management to our team. You are a passionate and talented producer or practitioner. You are creative, innovative and skilled in supporting public engagement.
You are an advocate for Pacific communities and contributing to knowledge and experience of Pacific cultures. You’re well versed in Pacific worldviews and cultural protocols. You have demonstrated experience in working with Pacific communities in a relevant context. You have strong networks and relationships in your field.
You bring a range of innovative engagement practices and you create participatory public experiences. You’re a team player with great ideas and the skills to bring them to life. You have project management and planning skills, and you are comfortable balancing multiple priorities. You’re skilled at stakeholder management and developing partnerships and you will positively represent Te Papa. You love a creative conceptual challenge, and a strong understanding of promotion and digital engagement.
Knowledge of Pacific Cultures is required. Confidence in a Pacific language, while not essential the ability to deliver programmes in a Pacific language is desirable.
Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, renowned for being bicultural, research-driven, innovative and fun. Our success is built on our relationships with and our ability to represent our communities. Our vision is Changing Hearts, Minds and Lives. Biculturalism, mana taonga and learning are at our core.
The Public Programmes team is a hardworking, creative and values-driven team who strive to engage a wide range of audiences with Te Papa’s collections and resources.
About the role:
This is a 10 month contract position to backfill staff leave. Fixed term appointment or an interagency appointment will be considered. Some flexibility in hours to supervise and deliver public programmes will be required. All applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.
Te Papa is committed to the protection and wellbeing of children. A component of this role involves interaction with children so, as a part of the assessment process, we will require Police Vetting of preferred candidates to ensure we are providing a safe environment for children. This requirement complies with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
To apply please submit a CV and cover letter (1 page max). Applications close 28 January, 2021.