Advocacy Manager | Pou Whakahaere, Kōkiri i te Mana o Ngā Toi
Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency of Aotearoa. We encourage, promote and support the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
E ngā mātā waka o te motu, e ngā karangatanga maha, te iti me te rahi tēnā koutou katoa, he panui tēnei e pā ana ki ētahi tunga hou i Toi Aotearoa mō te hunga e hiahia ana kia mahi ai i roto i te ao Toi.
Advocacy is a crucial part of Creative New Zealand’s work. Through our work we help organisations, the media and the public better understand the value and benefits of the arts, and encourage positive action to grow the arts. Until now though, we haven’t had a dedicated ‘home team’ to support this important mahi.
That’s where you come in. Holding the newly established Advocacy Manager role, you’ll build up our advocacy work by forming a close set of positive, proactive relationships, and lead the new Advocacy team in delivering to our five-year Advocacy Strategy.
This is a great opportunity for you to be the champion for arts advocacy within Creative New Zealand, and to work with colleagues and partners in the arts sector and beyond to grow the case for the value of the arts in Aotearoa.
To take our advocacy work to the next level you’ll need:
- to be a thought-leader and passionate champion for the arts, with a deep understanding of the many ways in which the arts add value and meaning to the lives of New Zealanders – for rangatahi development, for personal health and well-being, and many more
- excellent stakeholder and relationship management experience and in building action-focused partnerships – we have a current focus on local government, Māori and Pasifika relationships, but our reach goes much wider
- strong project management and communication skills, to lead the development of the advocacy work programme and build up our advocacy messages
- success in delivering challenging work programmes in multi-faceted sectors, such as the arts, cultural, social and non-government sectors
- experience in working with Māori, Pasifika and diverse communities, which will help embody and uphold our values around Mana Māori, Mana Pasifika and Tauiwi
- an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges facing arts development in New Zealand, and the wider environment the arts sector operates in.
In return we offer a positive and collaborative working environment, great work/life balance, and an enviable opportunity to work with and for New Zealand’s vibrant arts sector every day. We support professional development for all our people, including regular te reo and waiata classes for staff.
This role is preferably based in Wellington, although Auckland candidates will be considered.