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Community Arts Programme Leads (2 roles)

Job details

Toi Ako Te Kauwhata
31 Oct 2021
Work type
Part time employment
Work classification
Community & Access Arts


He ngākaunui tāu mō te mahi toi me te whakawhanaungatanga ki te hāpori o Te Kauwhata? 

Tēnā whakapā mai!

We have two part time roles available for artists excited to work with the people of Te Kauwhata and districts:

  • Programme Lead, Youth – 20 hours per week
  • Programme Lead, Outreach – 10 hours per week

You will join a small team at the Toi Ako Artspace, governed and supported by the Te Kauwhata Community House. At Toi Ako we are committed to bringing the community together through creativity. We work across many artforms and modalities to deliver classes, programmes and events for, and with, people of all ages and abilities. We believe in art and culture as a platform for the development of new skills, self expression, community cohesion, wellbeing and social change.  

These roles report to the Manager of Toi Ako Artspace and focus on new programmes designed to remove barriers to participation in the arts. You will be working in our wider districts including Waerenga, Te Kauwhata, Rangiriri, Glen Murray and Meremere.

As part of our funding agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Arts Access Aotearoa, there will be ongoing evaluation of is work through the collection of data in different forms. The Programme Leads will be part of this process ensuring they track the progress and collect feedback from participants for ongoing improvements to the programmes.

Key Responsibilities

  • To contribute to a friendly and accessible environment where all visitors and clients feel comfortable, welcome and safe.
  • To work collaboratively with staff, volunteers and stakeholders of the Toi Ako Artspace to initiate, develop and deliver creative programmes in the community.
  • To plan and teach or facilitate classes, workshops and events.
  • To monitor and evaluate programmes in conjunction with participants and stakeholders.
  • To ensure that all services are delivered in a professional and ethical manner.
  • To celebrate success and share story.
  • To work in accordance with Toi Ako’s policies and procedures.

Key relationships

Internal:                           Toi Ako Manager, Toi Ako staff and volunteers, Te Kauwhata Community House staff and Board.

External:                         Mana whenua, community members, local artists, schools and businesses, key funding partners and stakeholders, likeminded arts, youth and community organisations.

Key Requirements

  • Creativity in one or more art forms and an understanding of the creative process
  • The ability to help the creativity of others and work collaboratively with creative professionals
  • An inclusive approach and commitment to “arts for all”
  • Strong interpersonal skills, patience, empathy, a positive approach and respect for others
  • Commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti O Waitangi
  • Culturally responsive practice
  • An enthusiasm for working with people and willingness to build new relationships with different groups
  • Organisational and administrative skills
  • A proactive, innovative and flexible approach
  • A current drivers licence

Other skills of advantage to candidates;

  • Teaching, coaching or facilitation experience
  • Demonstrated connection to our community ie. lives in the community, whanau and or whakapapa connections to the community.
  • Existing connections to toi Māori communities in the North Waikato
  • Existing connections to other practicing artists in the North Waikato
  • Experience in working people with who may face barriers such as intellectual or physical disability, neurological conditions, mental illness, age related vulnerability (seniors or youth), cultural or social isolation, or poverty
  • Use of a licenced, warranted vehicle
How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to by 31 October

For more information, please contact Lauren at or 0212225682.

NB. If successful in your application you will be required to consent to a police vetting process.


Written by

Toi Ako Te Kauwhata

12 Oct 2021