Head of Content&Interpretation Future Museum

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Auckland Museum
13 Jan 2013
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Culture & Heritage, Management & Admin


Play a leading, creative role in shaping Auckland Museum’s future!

Auckland Museum is an influential, much-loved organisation at the centre of Auckland’s identity, committed to developing and sharing engaging content through its galleries, exhibitions, events and learning programmes.  With fresh leadership, the Museum is embarking on a transformational journey across three interconnected dimensions – onsite, online and beyond the Museum walls.  This is described in a new, strategic master plan entitled Future Museum.  As the Head of Content and Interpretation, you could play a leading, creative role in that journey.
The Head of Content and Interpretation leads on all aspects of gallery renewal and building interpretation for the master plan.  With the aiming of increasing access to collections and growing audiences, the post holder will create a content and interpretation strategy for gallery renewal and all associated briefs, delivery and cost plans, whilst ensuring effective links to the public programmes and digital programmes.  This will be underpinned by a commitment to Te Kōrahi Māori, a visible and enduring Māori dimension.
This is a key leadership position within the Public Programmes and Capital Projects Directorate.  This role must champion the place of audiences and collections at the heart of the master plan and work extensively with internal and external stakeholders and consultants.
To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Have proven and recent experience in display development and interpretation within a museum or similar environment
  • Understand museum audiences and be passionate about collections  and have recent experience of bringing the two together
  • Have an understanding and experience of the importance of delivering a bi-cultural approach to museum interpretation  
  • Bring proven project management skills from working on major projects that have transformed the museum visitor experience
  • Have great people and influencing skills, be a strong inter-disciplinary team worker and have demonstrable experience of managing the selection and work of external consultants
  • Be a creative individual, who is also pragmatic and focused on delivery. You will also have an eye for detail and excellence, as well as a capacity to see the bigger picture and to plan for the longer term.

Auckland Museum is committed to a bi-cultural approach. Therefore, an understanding of the application of tenants of the Treaty of Waitangi is essential and competence in Te Reo is desirable.

Term Start Date: 28 January 2013 to 27 April 2015

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How to apply

To apply for this position, or to view a position description, please go to the Museum’s website using this link: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/384/current-opportunities .
Applicants must address in their application the Skills, Knowledge and Competencies as listed in the Position Description

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