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Head of Collection Care

Tāmaki Paenga Hira | Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland Museum is seeking a new Head of Collection Care. This is a pivotal position, key to the museum’s success in fulfilling its role as a trusted Kaitiaki, ensuring the utility and enjoyment of collections by current and future generations. The Head of Collection Care leads the team responsible for conservation (treatments and preventive activities), incremental storage developments and the promotion of high standards of care, handling and display.

The successful applicant will be a dynamic team leader, a great communicator and an experienced museum professional who has proven abilities to manage in a complex environment with competing priorities and drivers.

To be successful in this role, you will offer:

  • A minimum 10 years work experience in museums or a closely related field
  • Extensive experience in the care and management of heritage collections
  • Thorough knowledge and experience of requirements for the safe handling, packing, transport, display, conservation and storage of museum objects to current museum standards
  • A tertiary qualification in the Conservation of Cultural Materials or a Degree in a field relevant to the Museum’s collections. In addition, a Museum Studies qualification would be advantageous
  • Extensive familiarity with conservation principles and the needs of a wide range of object materials
  • Demonstrated experience as a team-player and in successfully managing people, budgets, projects and resources in a multi-disciplinary organisation
  • The ability to engender enthusiasm and commitment from your team members
  • Broad knowledge of New Zealand history and cultures and/or natural sciences
  • Good knowledge of tikanga Maori, particularly its application to collection care
  • The ability to advocate effectively for preservation issues and concerns and to negotiate solutions in an environment of competing priorities

For further details and to apply see our website.