Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tāmaki Paenga Hira: Tui tui hono tangata, whenua me te moana.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Connecting through sharing stories of people, lands and seas

Auckland Museum is a much-loved culture and heritage organisation at the heart of Auckland's identity, committed to outstanding management of its world-class collections, developing and sharing engaging content through its galleries, exhibition, events, educational programmes and the permanent and volunteer staff who tell the Museum's stories. We are Auckland's home of commemoration as well as the country’s oldest research institution and a major tourist destination.

 Job Description

The Senior Collection Manager, Documentary Heritage leads the team of Collection Managers and Collection Technicians responsible for the Museum’s Manuscripts, Museum Archives, Photography, Art, Born Digital, Ephemera, Sound Archives, Publications, Rare Books, Maps, Plans and Serials collections. Managed by the Head of Documentary Heritage, this key role oversees the processes relating to acquisitions, cataloguing, loans, and public and internal access, to ensure their long-term preservation and active use. This full-time, permanent role requires someone with extensive collections management expertise and proven ability to manage, train and supervise staff, as well as engender enthusiasm and commitment.  

 Desired Skills and Experience

To be successful in this important role, you will offer:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of collection management practice relating to Documentary Heritage collections, gained through at least 5 years working in a GLAM institution
  • A degree/qualification in a field relevant to this position’s activities or a tertiary library/information sciences qualification
  • Considerable experience in collection database management and development (preferably using Vernon CMS)
  • A good understanding of tikanga Māori
  • Awareness, sound judgement, sensitivity, and cultural competency
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and developing a high performing team
  • Ability to build a work environment that empowers staff and maximises contribution and performance
  • Budget management experience desirable
  • Demonstrated effective verbal, written and listening skills
  • Ability to manage resources in an environment of shifting priorities   
  • Demonstrated ability to balance the application of professional standards and procedures with pragmatic realities of individual situations
  • Ability to negotiate priorities and communicate outcomes to team members and stakeholders

Closing Date: Sunday, 5 February 2023

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You must be eligible to work in New Zealand to apply for this permanent position. Please click here to view the full position description.

uckland Museum offers a rich and fulfilling work life where we embrace diversity and nurture our bicultural capability as demonstrated in our Teu le Va and He Korahi Māori strategies. We also offer a range of great benefits such as flexible work and leave and an award-winning wellbeing programme. 

This is a great opportunity for someone looking to be part of a fabulous New Zealand organisation committed to telling our national and Auckland stories, reflecting our unique place in the South Pacific.

He Oranga Tangata ka ao   

Enriching lives: Inspiring discoveries   

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