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Creative Partnerships Lead

Job details

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


  • Deliver creative strategy with arts partners
  • Increase  the impact of cross-sector investment
  • Develop new models that reach underserved audiences

He angitūtanga: The opportunity

Are you interested in leveraging effective partnerships to maximise the impact of arts and culture in the everyday lives of Aucklanders?

This role is critical in developing a collaborative approach to delivering on a creative strategy in the Customer and Community directorate.  You will work with existing strategic arts partners, sector organisations, and Council family, increasing the impact of cross-sector investment, and develop new models that reach underserved audiences through partnership. 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 Strategy 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 can be realised.

He kōrero mōu: About you

We are looking for someone with proven experience in developing and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships within and across organisations with multiple stakeholders, that is results orientated and is a great influencer.  A strong external arts sector network is also important.  

You will have a strong ability to link strategy with business outcomes. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to target appropriately for a range of audiences. 

To be successful in this role you will need to 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 partnering
  • A track record of working collaboratively across diverse areas of work and stakeholders
  • A strong understanding of the benefits of co-investment and partnership
  • Knowledge of the creative sector and stakeholder networks
  • Ability to influence change often with the advice provided to elected members and decision makers
  • You will also hold a relevant bachelor’s degree in business management and/or strategy development, planning or policy or an equivalent qualification

You will also have a relevant bachelor’s degree in business management and/or strategy development, planning or policy and 10+ years’ experience in the creative sector. 

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 identifying, establishing, and maintaining key relationships and networks in the creative sector, 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