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Executive Director

Job details

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC)
8 Apr 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Management & Admin


TAPAC, established in 2003, is a vibrant and busy not-for-profit community performing arts hub based in Western Springs, Auckland. TAPAC’s key areas of focus are the building of performing arts communities and performing arts education.

TAPAC’s vision is to enrich lives through the performing arts. By focusing on developing a depth and diversity of creative talent and communities, TAPAC aims to use the performing arts to enable greater connection, participation and empowerment of Auckland’s people.

TAPAC is seeking a collaborative, innovative, entrepreneurial and inspiring leader who can ensure that TAPAC remains relevant, resilient and sustainable in a constantly evolving environment.

There is great scope to continue to build our in-house and external programmes, particularly those that benefit people who otherwise would not have access to the performing arts.

This senior position requires extensive knowledge of the performing arts, exceptional management and organisational skills and an understanding of the delicate balance required to achieve excellent artistic and financial outcomes.

Reporting to the Board, the Executive Director works to achieve and implement the overarching vision and direction of TAPAC set out in the Strategic Plan. Key tasks include building the brand of TAPAC, managing stakeholder relationships, developing audiences, overseeing operations and increasing the financial viability and sustainability of TAPAC.

To be successful in this role, you’ll bring:

  • Commitment to working within the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and to working for equity that reflects the full diversity of the people of Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead an organisation innovatively, strategically and sustainably in a changing sector
  • Strong understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the performing arts industry and an ability to develop, communicate, implement, sell and fundraise around a strategic vision
  • Excellent financial analysis, research and management skills to drive organisational performance. Strong business acumen, preferably with an understanding of the charitable and not-for-profit sector
  • Experience in developing and guiding the delivery of successful performing arts programmes
  • Proven record in collaboration and forming strong strategic alliances. Proactively developing, managing and engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • An ability to manage staff and create a positive, ethical, accountable and safe organisational culture taking a relationships-based approach with cultural and emotional intelligence
  • A high level of communication skills, including issues and crisis management.
  • Understanding of Workplace Health and Safety rules and the ability to interpret statutory regulations
  • Ability to build brand awareness and recognition for TAPAC
  • Experience in venue management/operations preferred, but not essential
  • Values alignment to TAPAC, particularly the vision for enriching lives through the performing arts and a strong belief that performing arts are fundamental to learning about different cultures, a healthy society and our quality of life


How to apply

To apply, or seek further information, please contact

Please include your CV and a cover letter addressing your skills, knowledge and experience as it relates to TAPAC’s Executive Director’s requirements.

Written by

The Auckland Performing Arts Centre

18 Mar 2021

TAPAC is a vibrant performing arts hub offering high-quality creative arts education and facilities to Auckland’s diverse creative communities.