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Festival Director

Festival Director

Job details

Tauranga Arts Festival Trust
30 Sep 2019
Bay of Plenty
Work type
Part time employment
Work classification


Established in 1999, the Tauranga Arts Festival has become one of New Zealand’s leading Festivals. Escape! is a separate literary weekend which happens over Queens Birthday Weekend in alternate years.

  • Deliver exceptional festivals
  • Lead and manage artistic vision and festival delivery
  • Curate programs
  • Develop sustainable strategies
  • Build funder and community relationships
  • Manage marketing and communications
  • Work with a highly supportive and engaged board

The primary purpose of the Festival Director role is to lead and manage the artistic vision and delivery of initially Escape! 2020 and the 2021 Tauranga Arts Festival in accordance with the strategic direction set by the Board. The contract is part-time (.75/year) for a 2 year period but the  term may be extended by mutual agreement for subsequent festivals. 

This role includes working with the Board on strategy, curating the programs, funder relationships, stakeholder relationships, financial management and prudent budgeting (including existing and new funding sources), operational and production management, HR management, community relations, marketing media and communications.

Working with support staff, contractors and volunteers the Festival Director is responsible for delivering an exceptional festival that enhances the proud tradition of the Trust.

We are seeking an outstanding individual to deliver on our purpose and build on our proud tradition, to provide experiences that expand minds, delight audiences and touch all corners of the community.

The successful candidate will be keen to build on the success of the Tauranga Arts Festival and Escape!  They will have strong connections, profile and knowledge of the arts sector.  They will be tuned in artistically, politically, culturally and community wise.  Key personal attributes will include being positive, passionate, professional, friendly, flexible, ability to solve problems and an ability to take ownership.


How to apply

If this role is of genuine interest an information pack, including Job Description can be obtained by sending an expression of interest to the Festival Chair, Kathryn Lellman k.lellman@hjllaw.nz.  Applications close Monday 30 September at midday.

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Tauranga Arts Festival

10 Sep 2019

Interests Tauranga Arts Festival The Bi-annual Tauranga Arts Festival is held over ten days in October featuring the best of NZ and international performances, exhibitions and theatre.