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Creative Strategy Lead

Job details

Auckland Council
20 Jun 2021
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Management & Admin, Marketing & Media


  • Inspire the creative vision for Tāmaki Makaurau
  • Build a clear and compelling story to increase the impact of the arts in the everyday lives of Aucklanders
  • Help focus investment decisions 

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Lead the development of an audience-led creative strategy for Auckland Council.  In this role, you will work closely with arts teams within public programming, public art, and heritage collections to help focus investment decisions, provide curatorial leadership, and inspire the creative vision for Tāmaki Makaurau.  Led by research and insights, you will build a clear and compelling story to increase the impact of the arts in the everyday lives of Aucklanders. 

This role will require both internal and external collaboration.  You will be able to lead a vision, inspire support through influence, and bring to bear your substantial sector networks to help form and shape the direction of the Council arts teams.  

You will have your finger on the pulse of the creative sector and contemporary arts scene in Tāmaki Makaurau.  A deep understanding of the landscape, sector challenges, and future trends are all critical.  A background in policy, evaluation, and insights, or evidence of this in your work, is an advantage.

Your work will demonstrate a strong understanding of support for delivering Māori Outcomes.

The ability to form, develop, and grow internal teams will also be central to your work.  Though you have no direct reports yourself, you will be responsible for establishing and growing multiple workstreams across directorates which involve arts outcomes, playing key leadership roles.  You will have a process orientated brain, and demonstrated experience in establishing and monitoring new systems and structures.

Context and guidance for the role is provided by:

  • Toi Whitiki – the Arts and Culture Strategic Action Plan
  • the Auckland Council Public Art Policy 
  • the Auckland Music Strategy
  • the investment approach in Council’s 10-year budget

This is a newly created role where you will work closely with the Creative Partnership lead. There is scope for you to make the role your own where an increase in access and opportunities to participate in arts and culture is realised.

He kōrero mōu: About you

We are looking for someone that can successfully develop a framework of arts and culture programmes across Auckland informed by audience reach and through cross-sector collaboration.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Good understanding and working knowledge of tikanga and te reo and experience in working with Māori or within Māori paradigms
  • 10+ years’ experience in a role that blends creativity and strategy - within the arts sector is desirable but not a requirement 
  • A track record of working collaboratively across diverse areas of work and stakeholders
  • Courage to be innovative and trial new ways of influencing the engagement of new or underserved audiences in arts and culture 
  • Knowledge of the creative sector and stakeholder networks
  • Ability to influence change often with the advice provided to elected members and decision makers

A bachelor’s degree in any of business management, strategy development, planning or policy, marketing, arts, research or law would be a good fit

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer
Auckland Council is one of the largest local authorities in the South Pacific providing essential services and facilities to more than 1.5 million people. We are committed to environmental action and green growth to achieve our vision of becoming the world’s most liveable city. 
In return for your hard work, you can expect a flexible and supportive work environment. 

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini My success is not mine alone, but the success of many.
You will be offered a challenge, huge variety and a real opportunity to make a difference to the community.
You’ll also have access to a range of fantastic Auckland Council benefits, including discounted Leisure Centre membership and a range of other partnership discounts!

Tono inaianei: Apply Now!
If you have the required experience and a passion for providing innovative leadership for Arts and Culture, we want to hear from you!

Applications close: 11.59pm on Sunday 20th June. 

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.

Written by

Neon Logic Agency

9 Jun 2021