Deputy Director I Arts Gallery

Date: 02-Aug-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


  • Great company culture where staff are valued and supported
  • Opportunity to be part of an amazing tight-knit team
  • Excellent benefits, hybrid working model.
  • Full time permanent opportunity based in Auckland CBD



He angitūtanga: The opportunity 

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is a cultural leader in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our purpose is to be a creative catalyst for art and ideas, offering transformational experiences that strengthen and enrich our communities.


The Gallery's vision is to be the home of art for Auckland, its people and visitors to its internationally recognised award-winning building. Established in 1888, the Gallery holds a preeminent collection of New Zealand art and a significant collection of international art, and presents a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions, public engagement and outreach activities.


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is looking to appoint a new Deputy Director Operations to provide overall operational leadership and to support the Director and the corporate performance of the Art Gallery.  In this exciting and strategic role, you will be working closely with the Director and Corporate Services teams at Auckland Unlimited.  The role provides strong management oversight and brings a strategic business focus to key parts of the Gallery’s activity.  The role is also accountable for implementing strategies and plans, setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth, and establishing policies that promote the Gallery’s culture and future vision. 




He kōrero mōu: About you


The successful candidate for this role will have extensive executive level operational management experience with a proven capability in managing business development and corporate operations to enhance business performance.  A powerful advocate and influencer, able to work effectively across all levels of internal and external stakeholder relations.


You will have strong communication and advocacy skills, and an exceptional track-record in developing a positive and high-performing culture, and be comfortable as a key member of the leadership team. You will have a keen openness to learn about the specific business functions and needs of a major collecting institution, and experience or strong knowledge of the public sector, not-for-profit arts industry and or the gallery and museum sectors.


You will also have:

  • Proven experience in effective management and accountability for a large budget
  • Proven ability to provide high-level and at times quite detailed input and stewardship, to multiple process and improvement projects in broad work areas including; building, ICT, HR, capital projects, and business operations and planning
  • Proven ability to manage a large team of direct and indirect reports and exceptional reporting and internal communication capability
  • Experiencing supporting strategic and business-as-usual HR initiatives, providing strong management to a team, and a proven capacity to motivate and coach staff, building a positive team culture
  • High level of written, verbal, analytical, financial literacy, and strategic planning skills



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Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer

If you have a keen interest in an exciting senior strategic operations role and are looking for an opportunity to work with professional colleagues at a challenging and exciting period of the Gallery's development, then look no further. This is an excellent opportunity for someone to broaden their corporate leadership career within the Aotearoa New Zealand's leading visual arts institution.


So, what’s in it for you? Here at TAU we pride ourselves on providing work life balance and inclusive work environment.  In addition to awesome colleagues and work culture we also offer the following benefits:


  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working – work from home options
  • Auckland council benefits (e.g., discounted rates to Auckland council pools & Leisure centers etc)
  • Strong mentoring & career development focus


You also get to contribute to Auckland’s growth, enriching cultural and economic life in Tāmaki Makaurau by creating and sharing experiences and opportunities.


If you have a genuine desire to be part of the journey in creating a wonderful experience and positive outcome for Auckland, then please apply now by submitted your CV and cover letter expressing your interest!   All applications must be made online. If you require assistance or support through the application process, please contact us at


Applications close Tuesday 23 August 2022.

Tātaki Auckland Unlimited 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.



Tātaki Auckland Unlimited strongly encourages our employees to be fully vaccinated.