Calling innovative education team leaders and managers!
He waka akoranga | Empowering life-long learning

In an exciting period of transformation and growth, Te Papa is seeking an innovative and experienced Manager, Formal Learning to manage Te Papa’s formal learning programme and to lead a specialist team of museum educators and digital learning specialists. Working closely with this talented team, the Manager will enable innovative learning experiences for formal learners through engagement with Te Papa’s collections, exhibitions, cultural and scientific resources, and Hīnātore | Learning Lab.

You will work closely with the Head of Learning Innovation and the Manager, Public Programmes to plan and implement Te Papa’s Learning Philosophy, strategic priorities and partnerships. You will bring a strength-based and analytical approach to grow and constantly improve Te Papa’s formal learning offer, building on our innovative and research-driven kaupapa. You will champion learning technologies and innovative educational practices to ensure Te Papa’s formal learning programmes and resources are participatory, learner-centred and meaningful.

You will develop, motivate and line manage a high performing team of learning specialists and a coordinator who engage Te Papa’s formal learners by designing and facilitating meaningful learning experiences, resources and products. Within formal learning, you will focus primarily on early childhood, kohanga reo, primary and secondary school, kura kaupapa, tertiary groups and teacher professional development. You will expand our learning communities and extend our national reach and accessibility.

You will enjoy working within the broader Learning Innovation team, which includes formal and informal learning specialists who are responsible for a dynamic range of lifelong learning programmes, experiences, products and contribution to exhibitions, including Te Papa’s innovative learning environment: Hīnātore | Learning Lab. You are committed to Te Papa’s bi-cultural kaupapa and commitment to life-long learning. You will work cross-functionally with a diverse range of talented museum staff (eg curators, visitor services, digital, writers and marketers) on a daily basis.

About you:

You are a passionate advocate for lifelong learning who seeks to make a difference to the communities you work with. You are an experienced manager or team leader in a formal educational context (eg school or kura), consultancy or informal context (eg gallery, museum or heritage site). You are an open, supportive, and confident manager who can motivate high-performing teams to meet established objectives and develop innovative practices. You demonstrate a growth mind-set and support your team members to develop their own practice and work reflectively.

You enjoy working collaboratively with others and you relish a challenge. You have experience in project management, planning and reporting and you’re able to multi-task like a pro. You enjoy taking responsibility for big-picture thinking, while keeping an eye on the detail and consistently ensuring high-quality across a range of products. You will be skilled at stakeholder management and developing partnerships.

You have technical knowledge with experience as a teacher, kaiako or educator in a relevant context. You have an in-depth understanding of New Zealand’s education sector, with demonstrated knowledge of in the New Zealand CurriculumTe Marautanga o Aotearoa or Te Whaariki and strong relationships and networks in your field. You bring a range of innovative learning practices and you create empowering learning experiences with emerging learning technologies. You’re confident in tikanga Māori, and te Reo skills or fluency are a big advantage. Ideally you will also have specialist knowledge in one of our specialist areas, such as Pasifika, Mātauranga Māori, History/Social Sciences, accessibility and inclusion, or early childhood education. Bonus points if you also have experience in developing educational resources, promotion/marketing/social media, delivering professional development, and/or exhibition development experience.

This role is a full time (40 hours per week) fixed term contract for two years, to replace the existing staff member who is on an internal secondment within the Learning Innovation team. We will consider a secondment for the right person. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

About us:

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.

Having just celebrated our 20th birthday, it’s an exciting time at Te Papa: we are currently renewing our permanent galleries and exhibitions alongside Mahuki—Innovation Hub and Hīnātore, our Learning Lab which opened in March 2017. We are embarking on a meaningful national learning partnership and a number of exciting formal and informal learning initiatives. You will be both challenged and well supported to do interesting work for a wide range of learning communities.

The successful candidate will join and help lead our dynamic Learning Innovation team: we’re ambitious, hard-working, creative and fun!

All applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.

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