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Calling innovative Managers

Public Programming at Te Papa is in an exciting period of growth and we’re looking for an innovative manager who will grow our team’s capability to work with and for communities. This role is responsible for the operational management of the wider public programme, as well as having creative leadership for developing and delivering targeted new public programmes to engage a wide range of audiences with Te Papa collections, exhibitions and resources.

In this role, you will support and mentor our high-performing Public Programmes team of motivated creative practitioners and producers. You will continue to build on our community-based approach to create meaningful experiences through Te Papa.

You will have the opportunity to work with kaupapa Māori and Te Aō Māori concepts across the public programme. You will work with the Head of Public Programming to continue to develop our practice of working with our priority audiences and communities, including Māori, Pasifika and marginalised communities.

You will uphold Te Papa’s aspirations and commitment to life-long learning. You will find innovative ways to expand our networks and extend our national reach and accessibility. You will enjoy working cross-functionally with a diverse range of museum kaimahi in curatorial, collections, digital, learning, marketing, exhibitions, AV, and visitor services teams.

About you

You will bring the following to the role:

You also have strong project management, planning, and reporting skills, and you are comfortable balancing multiple priorities. You love a creative conceptual challenge, and have a strong track record in developing powerful public engagement experiences. You enjoy big-picture thinking, while keeping an eye on the detail and consistently ensuring high quality across a range of products.

You are an open, supportive, and collaborative colleague who can enable high-performing teams to meet established objectives and develop innovative practices. You’re skilled at stakeholder management and developing partnerships and you will positively represent Te Papa.

Knowledge of Te Aō Māori and confidence in te reo and tikanga Māori would be an advantage.

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.

The Public Programmes team is a hardworking, creative, and values-driven team who strive to engage a wide range of audiences with Te Papa collections and resources. We work right across the breadth of activities at Te Papa, and we need a dedicated Manager to help us plan and achieve our goals.

About the role

This is a permanent, full-time role. 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 well-being 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 Children’s Act 2014.

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