Head Curator Publications

The Hocken Library

Who we are

The Hocken is one of the foremost historical research libraries in New Zealand and global interest in our collections is ever increasing. In response, we are working to ensure greater access and the delivery of a broad client focussed researcher service. An opportunity has arisen for an experienced professional from the Documentary Heritage sector who shares our passion for building collections and supporting research focussed on Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

We collect widely, to research level, in a range of formats relating to the histories, arts, cultures and natural environment of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific, and Antarctica. Staff at the Hocken cater to the research needs of academics and students from the University of Otago, international institutions, professional and independent researchers who value the diverse nature and accessibility of our collections.

The role

As one of three key management staff responsible for curating the collections, you will:

  • Lead the strategic and operational development of the Published Collections and provide expert advice on all matters relating to the collections’ management
  • Develop Published collections that document New Zealand and Pacific life and culture for future researchers.
  • Work with the Library’s Information Resources team to provide descriptive metadata appropriate for a closed access collection.
  • Developing specialist knowledge of Published Collections in order to provide expert research advice to clients and contribute to the delivery of services to researchers in person and at a distance.
  • Undertake a programme of research, publication, exhibition and conference presentations to promote understanding and use of the Hocken Published Collections.
  • Be part of the Hocken Senior Management team with Hocken wide responsibilities including coordinating our preventive conservation and environmental monitoring programmes

Your skills and experience

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications in library, information or heritage studies or equivalent level of knowledge.
  • Prior experience leading and managing others in a changing environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in the management, preservation and accessibility of heritage collections and understanding of curatorial responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing, curating exhibitions and giving public presentations.

Further details

This is a permanent, full-time position.

If you are someone who is passionate about the collections, excited about sharing their knowledge and shares our enthusiasm for curating New Zealand’s documentary heritage, we would warmly welcome your interest.

We are recruiting now for a start date in early 2021.

For confidential enquiries please contact Sharon Dell, Hocken Librarian, by email or phone +64 3 479 8874.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this job.

Applications quoting reference number 2001652 will close on Sunday, 1 November 2020.


To see a full job description and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=2001652

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy. 

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


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