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Director, Museum and Exhibition Centre

  • Organisation:Tauranga City Council
  • Location:Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Salary:$130,000.00 - $160,000.00
  • Contract type:Full-time / Permanent

About Tauranga City Council
Tauranga City Council is one of Tauranga’s largest employers, and we are always looking to attract great talent to join our driven, passionate, and community-focused team. To highlight that our people are our greatest asset, we offer a wide range of benefits that include:
• Relocation assistance to help you make Tauranga your new home
• Subsidised health insurance and life insurance schemes
• Flexibility with the way you work
• Five weeks of annual leave

About the role
This Museum and Exhibition Centre complex is part of a larger civic and cultural precinct development for the city of Tauranga. (Te Manawataki o Te Papa Civic Redevelopment programme).

The new Museum and Exhibition Centre complex will be approximately 6,700 square metres (Collections are stored off-site), and architects are currently completing Preliminary Design. The public opening is expected in late 2026.

As a Director of the Museum and Exhibition Centre you will lead the establishment of a new Museum complex and the focus will be driving the delivery of a Detailed Project Plan (2023 – 2027).

This outlines the architectural design and construction deliverables, and all other intrinsically related activities across; creating the core project team, project related strategy and policy, project related process, all content and collection development/design/production/installation, commercial business development, post project operations/service delivery, and post project economic sustainability.

Tauranga is a fast-growing city and is the lifestyle capital of the nation. Council expects the new Museum complex to perform as a highly successful New Zealand metropolitan Museum. The Museum development project’s brief is in place with an Interpretive Master Plan, and Commercial Model is completed.

The Museum’s overall themes are:
• The history and modern life of the Bay of Plenty, the region’s unique and fertile
environment, and the relationship between nature and culture.
• Bringing the best of the rest of the world to the Bay of Plenty.
• The innovation that drives Tauranga and the region.

What you’ll need to succeed
The ideal candidate will enjoy a fast paced and creative project environment. They will have an inclusive and decisive leadership style, with a good track record of creating and managing teams within a project context.

They will be able to apply a scientific underpinning to the work. They will also need to apply a strong empathic understanding of successful visitor experiences; from core customer service, through the largest exhibition genres.

Experience with the project direction of creating a new museum or similar cultural/tourism complex, would be highly desirable. Committing to, and understanding the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi will be essential for the role.

How to apply
If you want to be part of an energetic, fun, and supportive team, then we’d love to hear from you. For more information, please contact Barbara Dempsey at [email protected].

Please note we will not be accepting applications via email. If you wish to apply, please click the link below.,25114.html

Applications close on 29 January 2023.

Our selection process may include behavioural interview(s), psychometric and ability assessments, reference checks, and pre-employment screening.
Tauranga City Council will not accept applications or contact from any placement service, temporary staffing agency, or professional recruiter for this vacancy. If/where Tauranga City Council requires the support of a recruitment agency, we will seek this support from our network of agencies. We ask that you please do not contact Tauranga City Council or any of its employees regarding vacancies. Tauranga City Council will not be responsible for, and will not pay, any commissions, fees, or other payments related to such unsolicited contact.

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