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Canterbury Museum

Celebrating Canterbury, discovering the world. For us and our children after us.
Waitaha-kōawa-rau, ka whakanuia; Te-ao-whānui, ka tūhuratia. Mā tātou ko ngā uri e whai ake nei.

Operating for over 150 years, Canterbury Museum acquires and cares for worldwide collections of human and natural history, with a focus on Canterbury and the Antarctic. The Museum has recently partnered with the Ravenscar Trust to display the Ravenscar collection of art, design and antiquities.  Access to the Museum’s collections drives research, inspires learning and ignites imagination through stories that surprise and delight over 750,000 Museum visitors each year. Planning is underway for redevelopment of the Museum’s facilities.

Playing a key role within the senior leadership team, the Head of Public Engagement will be accountable for communications, marketing, short-term and long-term exhibitions, education/evaluation, visitor services and development activities. The role will lead the development and implementation of a Museum-wide public engagement strategy to promote the world-class visitor experience on offer to people of all ages.  The role will also lead the communications and marketing, evaluation and development of activities that support that visitor experience, as well as the identification and attraction of grants, sponsorship and other funding opportunities.

Applicants will demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Experience of public attraction programming and delivery.
  • Understanding of modern marketing and communication channels, forums and best practice.
  • The vision, drive and passion to grow the service offering nationally and internationally.
  • Highly developed communication, stakeholder management and relationship building skills.
  • A reputation for inclusive and decisive leadership, with a focus on accountability and achievement.
  • A commitment to New Zealand’s cultural heritage and Tikanga Māori.
  • A tertiary qualification in marketing, cultural heritage, museology or similar is preferred.

A position description and attached information can be viewed and downloaded at

All applications will be acknowledged via email.