Director l Kaitohu

Te Uru is seeking a new Director who is a proven dynamic leader in the arts sector. This key role will strategically support and nurture our team and collaborators, and oversee the development of innovative and inclusive programmes to ensure the continued sustainable growth of Te Uru.

Te Uru is a regional gallery uniquely located in Titirangi in a magnificent, award-winning building set amidst the forested outskirts of Tāmaki Makaurau. Te Uru is one of Aotearoa’s leading contemporary galleries with an increasingly international programme that reflects our place in Aotearoa and the wider Moana region, connecting new ideas and different practices with local and global networks.

With our widely respected inaugural Director moving on to new adventures, Te Uru is now seeking a strong leader and advocate for the arts to join its team as Director l Kaitohu. This important position is vital to maintain and develop Te Uru’s reputation for excellence, and to advance our vision, to be the leading home for contemporary culture that is fresh, relevant, empowering, and essential to the wellbeing of our communities.

Duties and responsibilities

In this role, you will:

  • Work with the governance committee to develop and implement strategy
  • Represent the gallery in public and sector forums
  • Support and lead the staff and programming of the gallery
  • Ensure intellectual integrity and best practice principles are upheld
  • Ensure the long-term future of the gallery through the development of resilient and sustainable resources and processes
  • Maintain and develop collaborative relationships and networks that are essential to deliver the objectives of our strategic plan
  • Take overall responsibility for all areas of the organisation including; artistic, curatorial, operational, financial, and promotional functions

Skills and experience

To succeed in this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Proven leadership skills and experience, with excellent facilitation skills and the ability to bring people together and develop positive relationships
  • Strong strategic planning skills and an entrepreneurial mindset with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Proven experience in developing exhibitions, with a sound knowledge and passion for New Zealand and international contemporary art
  • Confident and collaborative advocacy for the importance of arts and culture, and substantive connections within Aotearoa’s arts and cultural sector
  • Commitment to uphold and advance the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and maintain best practice in tikanga Māori
  • Postgraduate qualification (or equivalent) in Art History, Fine Art, or Curatorial Studies 

Should you wish to apply for this unique opportunity, in the first instance, please forward a brief expression of interest and request for a full job description to:

Applications close on 10 February 2023.

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