Artspace Aotearoa seeking Manahautū Deputy Director

Artspace Aotearoa
Manahautū Deputy Director

Closes: 5 pm, Friday 1 November 2019

Reports To: Director, Artspace Aotearoa
Salary indication: Part-time, 4 days a week, 57,000 - 59,000 NZD
(Full-time equivalent of $75,000 NZD)

New opportunity for strategic management role future-proofing one of Aotearoa’s most exciting contemporary art organisations in the heart of Tamaki Makaurau.

Having recently secured increased structural public funding from 2020 onwards, Artspace Aotearoa is looking forward to the next six years of its journey and is looking to fill in a newly created role of Manahautū Deputy Director. A major development will be part of a move from our current location to a new space that will offer new programme opportunities. Alongside this change, the operations of Artspace Aotearoa will radically change. Therefore a new leadership position is required to join the Artspace Aotearoa team who will handle and deliver the business side of our operations, specifically outlined in the strategy for the next 6 years.

This new position of Manahautū - Deputy Director, will assist the Kaitohu - Director in the delivery of all administrative and non-programmatic strategies. Guided by Te Ara Tipu - Artspace Aotearoa Strategic Plan and the Kaitohu - Director, you will identify business priorities, establish and deliver dynamic new business development initiatives that fortify Artspace Aotearoa as an independent and resilient entity.

Artspace Aotearoa positions itself as a leading independent contemporary art organisation dedicated to delivering innovative programming in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Artspace Aotearoa is proud of its 32-year-long commitment to supporting and promoting experimental and underrepresented local and international art practices. We support diverse and marginalised voices. Our strong sense of tiaki - civic intent centres our responsibility through our programme and governance to care, support and inspire both our arts and its communities. Located on Karangahape Road, Artspace Aotearoa functions within an urban, national and global network to weave stories that interpret and respond to these permeable borders and the ever-changing societies that exist within them. Tautoko and manaakitanga inform the Artspace Aotearoa teams approach towards how we both facilitate our programme and engage with our organisation, as a place of creating and connecting; whakamana.

The Position:

This newly created position is incredibly exciting for us. This is an opportunity to directly contribute to the revitalisation of Artspace Aotearoa. The role has scope for the potential applicant to design their own projects, supported through artistic and strategic guidance from the Kaitohu Director and the Artspace Aotearoa Trust Board. Implicit in the role is a deep understanding and commitment to cultural safety, biculturalism and multiculturalism. We value broad understandings of alternative, progressive and critical views in contemporary art and society.

We are looking for someone to:


  • The continual pursuit of holistic well-being through strategic leadership
  • Experience in leading the delivery of both the strategic outcomes and operational outcomes in reference to the Artspace Aotearoa Strategic Plan Te Ara Tipu.
  • Awareness of and respect for Tikanga Māori.
  • A strong commitment to contributing to the bicultural and multicultural nation Aotearoa is becoming.
  • An awareness of local issues and an interest in building international links.
  • High dedication to the job, positive energy, drive and enthusiasm.
  • A keen interest in art practice as an opportunity to actively contribute to shaping a better social reality.


  • Ensuring the right structures and skills are in the right place at the right time
  • Experience in managing small teams to support a vibrant creative culture and deliver results.
  • A track record of high-level stakeholder management skills -– customers, manufacturers and 3PL logistics teams.
  • Highly resilient, able to work in a highly stressed environment.
  • Can build ideas, solutions and frameworks that inspire people.
  • Experienced in Health and Safety policy and management.


  • Quality systems and processes that support the dynamic development of the arts.
  • A strong track record of securing and managing funding for charitable or NGO activities from a variety of funding streams, preferably in the arts.
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing sophisticated processes through to completion.
  • Experience in managing a medium size non-profit trust and the required reporting to a Trust Board.
  • Central to the role is keeping our organisation financially healthy, coordinating staff and office operations via a relationship to the Artspace Aotearoa programme operations. The Manahautū Deputy Director holds financial, facilities, human resources, and commercial accountability. The person we seek will be an all-rounder with an affinity for contemporary art, be organised, considered and ready to take on new opportunities.

Please apply with a Cover Letter and CV and send your application with ‘Application Deputy Director’ in the subject header to Georgina Brett:

Download a full Job Description here. The Strategic Plan Te Ara Tipu and Organogram will be available upon request.